State officials held a formal dedication for the new playground at Camp Meigs Playground in Readville yesterday - complete with the ceremonial cutting of a red ribbon with large golden shears - but the kids in attendance mostly paid no attention at all, because they were too busy playing on all the cool new stuff.
DCR Commissioner Leo Roy praised the work of DCR employees who got the new playground at Hyde Park Avenue and Stanbro Street up and running. He also praised the state's new environmental-affairs secretary and explained to the crowd that she had, for the first time in state history, merged a hazard-mitigation plan and a climate-change plan into one single overall plan.
State Rep. Angelo Scaccia declared Roy to be Gov. Baker's best hire ever and said Roy was a good friend of Hyde Park, whose visits to the neighborhood always herald good news. He exclaimed that Roy has made sure Hyde Park has "the most beautiful parkways not only in the city of Boston, but in the entire state."
As Roy and Scaccia talked, the neighborhood's resident angry guy, adorned in a Civil War hat, periodically yelled out insults at state and city politicians not named Scaccia. Later, he started yelling "Fake news!" at a reporter from the Bulletin.
The playground is named for the army camp where members of the famed 54th Massachusetts and other black units trained before heading south during the Civil War. Several 54th Massachusetts re-enactors attended the dedication. Camp Meigs was located on what later became the large industrial and warehouse complex where the Stop & Shop warehouse used to be not far from the playground.
One of the new attractions at the playground is a tent-like frame, built specifically in homage to the bivouacs used by the soldiers as they trains at Camp Meigs. Another attraction is a large climby rope thing:
DCR spent roughly $380,000 installing the new playground, which is officially part of Stony Brook Reservation.