Calling all residents: the City needs YOU to help improve the Oval Playground

Ward 3 City Councilor Steve LeBlanc and the Community Development Department need your help on November 6th, 7th and 8th when the “Community Build for the Oval Playground” will take place. This is a great opportunity for civic-minded folks to roll up their sleeves, have some fun, and help install a new playground at Palazola Field!

Volunteers are asked to be available from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM on one of the three community build days. Work will include installing concrete foundations, sorting, erecting and assembling playground equipment. To ensure safety and quality, volunteers will be trained and supervised by an experienced playground site specialist.

Dress in comfortable work clothes and closed toe shoes. Lunch and refreshments will be served.

The “Re-shaping the Oval Playground” project, which is funded by the Massachusetts “Our Common Backyard” program and federal community block grants (with project management funded through the Mass in Motion program), will not only improve the play area off Centennial Ave. near Harvard Street, it will provide more opportunities for kids to play and get fit.

The City is seeking 20 volunteers a day to help in the three-day effort (with an alternative extreme weather day on November 9.) Mayor Carolyn A. Kirk notes that with the “Renewal of Newell” last year and September’s completion of the update to Burnham’s Field, the City continues to build on its successes and create more opportunities for recreation, play, and support of active lifestyles.

Councilor LeBlanc, who reports that the existing equipment will be reused at Riverdale Park, hopes that community members, neighborhood associations and other community groups/organizations will sign up as community build volunteers.

Online volunteer registration is available at

Community members can also contact Councilor LeBlanc at

Community Development Department Senior Project Manager Stephen Winslow also can be reached at or at 978-282-8007.


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