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Commonwealth Avenue Mall
27 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02116
Established in 1856, the 32-acre Commonwealth Avenue Mall stretches from the Public Garden to Olmsted Park. It providesMore a green link in Boston's Emerald Necklace -- an 1,100-acre chain of nine parks connected by parkways and waterways. The Neighborhood Association of Back Bay, Friends of the Public Garden and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department work together to mainstain the green strip that runs down the center of Commonwealth Avenue.
Southwest Corridor Park
145 Dartmouth St, Boston, MA 02116

This 52-acre park stretches from Forest Hills to the Back Bay. Its playgrounds, tennis courts, basketball courts,More community gardens and bike paths are living monuments to the community rising up to stop a 12-lane highway that urban planners wanted to build. The proposal was to run Interstate 95 from the Back Bay to Hyde Park.

Residents had seen the enormous damage the Central Artery had done to the North End, downtown and Chinatown. In the words of historian Robert J. Allison, residents stopped the project by engaging in "some of the most creative acts of civil disobedience since the Stamp Act."

State Transportation Secretary Fred Salvucci had the idea to create the biking and walking trail we see today. In addition to providing recreation, it also serves as a major artery for bikers and walkers commuting to jobs downtown.

The entire park contains 11 tot lots, two spray pools, seven basketball courts, five tennis courts, two street hockey rinks, two amphitheatres and about six miles of biking, jogging and walking paths, according to the Department of Conservation and Recreation. The Carleton Court Dog Park is in the Back Bay section.

Public transportation: Use any Orange line stop between Forest Hills and Back Bay. At Back Bay, the park is accessible off Dartmouth Street, behind the Copley Place Mall.

Clarendon Street Playground
Clarendon St & Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02116

This neighborhood playground at the corner of Clarendon Street and Commonwealth Avenue is usually hopping no matterMore what time of day. It's a popular spot for families and young mothers to congregate with their kids, and a great resource for many local schools, including Commonwealth School, that take students there daily for recess. The playground gets especially crowded in the mid-morning and early afternoon.

Kids can enjoy two play structures with large and small slides, swings, a sandbox, and an open area ideal for games like soccer or tag.  Considered a community treasure, the playground is also a hot spot for social events hosted by the Neighborhood Association of Back Bay, which puts on activites like the annual family Halloween and Opening Day parties.

In 2007 the playground underwent a $120,000 renovation to its amphitheatre seating area, and the NABB's Playground Committee works closely with the Boston Parks & Recreation Department to determine future renovations to the playground, as well as contribute to its  upkeep and maintanence. The Playground Committee is also always looking for volunteers.