On Oct. 28, the Esplanade Playspace welcomed a playful new sculpture.
Created by artist David Phillips, the latest sculpture depicts a series of frogs, turtles and other critters crawling on geometric shapes. Phillips also created the much beloved turtle sculpture that has adorned the Playspace since its opening in 2011. His new sculpture is located at the Playspace entrance, providing a fun focal point for both children and adults who visit the playground.
Since its completion in 2011, The Esplanade Playspace has gained national recognition for its state-of-the-art design, and has helped to influence the design of playgrounds across the country. Now a destination playground, the Playspace is visited by thousands of children each year and has become the most used playground in the city.
While only two years old, this constant, year-round use requires that the Playspace receive ongoing maintenance and repair to ensure that it is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also safe and functional for children.
In 2013, the Friends of the Esplanade Playspace officially merged to become part of The Esplanade Association. Together they continue advocacy and fundraising efforts to ensure that the park provides fun and suitable play space for children of all ages to enjoy.
Donations and membership in the Esplanade organizations helps to maintain the Esplanade Playspace for the hundreds of children that enjoy the playground daily. This year, five volunteer groups from local businesses have helped to clean and maintain the Playspace. In addition, The Esplanade Association’s horticulturist has been hard at work enhancing the gardens this fall to ensure a very colorful spring. If you are interested in donating or would like to learn about getting your name engraved on the Playspace wall, contact The Esplanade Association at 617-227-0365..