Get Outside: The Best Green Spaces and Parks near 100 ShawmutOct 01, 2019 Blog Neoscape
Residents of the South End Boston condos at 100 Shawmut have their choice of green spaces. They can relax among the historic fountain and grassy areas of Blackstone Square, take the dog on a walk around Peters Park, or stay active in the community at Ringgold Park.
Blackstone Square is the quintessential city park: a square of green surrounded by a lovely iron fence, a large fountain at its center, plenty of benches, and even more old-growth trees. It’s a simply dependable and gracious bit of nature that provides calm in the middle of the urban landscape: a place to claim a bench for reading, sipping coffee, and succumbing for an hour or even an afternoon to the bubbling of water and the swish of the tree leaves. At the end of the workday, a different energy takes over as dogs and their owners arrive for some fun.
While all dogs are welcome at Blackstone, it does not offer a dedicated dog run like Peters Park does. The Joe Wex Dog Recreation Space, which is Boston’s first city-sanctioned off-leash dog park, boasts more than 13,000 square feet of space with 3,000 square feet dedicated to the needs of small dogs. More than just a destination for canine fun, Peters Park features a number of “off-leash” people places as well, such as the tennis and basketball courts. Kids can explore the marvelous tot lot, and the park is also home to South End Little League Baseball. With the rhythm of the seasons marked by its changing gardens, this park is an all-around excellent destination for anything from a few sets to a contemplative stroll.
Small in stature but big in community support, Ringgold Park is among the city’s most vibrant public spaces. Its interactive fountain, decorative gardens, and refreshed playground equipment are all the result of years of advocacy, regular fundraising, and organized clean-ups by local citizens in conjunction with the City of Boston. That work has helped create a lovely oasis in the South End and formed a community bond that’s fully visible during the many annual events in the park, including Halloween parties, Easter festivities, and spring and summer clean-ups. The park also periodically hosts live music and dancing, not to mention private birthday celebrations.