To mark its 60th anniversary, the Beacon Hill Nursery School will open a newly renovated front play-space on its Joy Street campus in mid-September.

Acton landscape architect Holly Ben-Joseph designed the playground that features educational elements for children ages 2 to 6, including a discovery/science center, as well as a full-body length slate board, mirror and magnetized wall. Other elements are intended to enhance students’ social skills, such as a play hut, a sand play area and a communal log-seating area, among other features. The playground also offers a xylophone made of wrenches, a “wale drum” and other musical elements.

Another unique feature of the playground is Mayor Menino’s chair – a 40-inch wide wooden chair carved out of a tree trunk and dedicated to the memory of Boston’s former mayor who visited the school and “was instrumental in getting things done,” said Lucinda Ross, the school’s executive director.

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Murphy, Dan. “Beacon Hill Nursery School to Open Front Playspace.”
Beacon Hill Times 20 Aug. 2015. Web. 30 Sept. 2016.