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.
Murphy, Dan. “Beacon Hill Nursery School to Open Front Playspace.”
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