A concerned citizen watched city workers tape off a metal turtle in the middle of the Myrtle Street playground on Beacon Hill today following earlier complaints the thing - installed just last month - is burning kids who made the mistake of actually sitting on it. But all the tape in the world marked "COLD" won't actually cool down the sun-concentrating turtle for good and the resident filed a 311 complaint to request that the city:
Please take it out of the play area.
On Saturday, one resident posted a photo showing his or her five-year-old son pointing his newly burned finger at the sun-collecting object - which the Beacon Hill Garden Club paid to install, with the hopes that, as a club official said, "the beautiful sculpture will be enjoyed by local children for many generations to come." Nancy Schon, who created the Make Way for Ducklings statues in the Public Garden, sculpted the turtle.
Also on Saturday, another parent brought a digital thermometer to the playground:
The metal turtle at the Myrtle St Playground was 133 degrees today. Kids are getting burned. It is dangerous and should not be in a playground. Please remove the turtle from the playground.