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Pimp My Park: Boston Common Edition

2/28/2011 11:26:00 PM
There's an article in the Globe talking about some of the upgrades that are supposedly coming to Boston Common this upcoming summer.  Personally, I'd be pretty satisfied if it just stopped snowing, but it sounds like we're in for quite the revamp:  patio tables, chairs, a "reading room", free wifi. 

That'll be really useful after I get me one of those iPad 2's that they're announcing tomorrow.  I was leaning towards the wifi-only Motorola Xoom but they're being too wishy washy on release dates.  But I digress, back to the issue at hand.

The $1.5 million initiative will replace cracked concrete with granite, plant trees, and install a sprinkler system in Liberty Mall, the grassy expanse leading to the State House. But it will do more than that. Sketches approved by the city show a newly invigorated piazza with 30 patio tables, umbrellas, and 70 movable chairs.

The plans include some unusual touches. A “reading room’’ will be stocked with magazines, newspapers, and carts with 400 books. A high-end food truck will sell hot meals. And the piano — a professional-grade electric keyboard made to look like a piano on wheels — will offer lunchtime entertainment as early as July.

A separate initiative may bring free WiFi to 80 percent of Boston Common as early as this spring, according to Menino’s spokeswoman, Dot Joyce.

Sounds nice.  

Click (here) to read the article.

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