Reviviendo Playground

revendo_playgroundThe North Common Neighborhood Reviviendo Playground — built by community volunteers—transformed a vacant 10,000 sq. ft. lot at the core of the North Common Neighborhood into a beautiful playground, with play equipment, green space, flowers and a picnic shelter.

History:

The Playground site (at the corner of Summer and Newbury Streets) was a vacant lot for more than 10 years, and owed over $100,000 in taxes. This lot was central to the neighborhood, and very high visibility. Children played on the vacant lot during the summers.

Organizing

This playground exists because of a community that cares deeply about its children. In 1998 the site was a vacant lot, and children played in the streets. A group of dedicated community residents, working with the North Common Neighborhood Association, decided that it should be a playground after talking to hundreds of their neighbors. They asked the help of Lawrence CommunityWorks and Groundwork Lawrence to help them make this dream a reality. Hundreds of neighbors worked for more than three years to create this playground. Their work included:

  • Getting the City to take control of the land and forgive taxes owed by the old owner
  • Convincing a bank to forgive the $500,000 owed to them by the old owner
  • Working with the City to agree to make this a City park
  • Working with an architect to design the park
  • Working with our partners Groundwork Lawrence on design and development
  • Raising more than $160,000 in cash and in-kind donations
  • Organizing more than 150 volunteers to build the park over two weekends
  • Choosing a name through a community naming contest.

Project Description

10,000 square foot playground at corner of Summer St. and Newbury St. Includes play equipment, lots of grassy area, flower beds, an information kiosk, benches and a picnic shelter.

Developed:

Lawrence CommunityWorks and Groundwork Lawrence
(Now a municipal park owned and managed by City of Lawrence.)

Project Partners

The City of Lawrence, Groundwork Lawrence, Lawrence/Methuen Community Coalition, The Dows Fund, Lawrence Savings Bank, YouthBuild Lawrence, Andover Bank, Fleet Bank, The Forest Foundation, Design Partnership Architects, Hampshire Development Corp., Catherine McCarthy Memorial Fund, Gable Family Foundation, Armand Hyatt, Strazzula Foundation, Lawrence EarthDay Committee, Jackson Lumber, Stillman Restoration Architects, Waterfl ower Ecological Design, Second Congregational Church of Boxford, West Parish Church of Andover, Boy Scout Troup 51 of Methuen, Merrimack Development, DCT Development, DeLoury Construction, Tripoli Bakery, Vinnie Greco, Bill Perkins, Laschi Brothers Nursery, Lake Street Garden Center, Delahunty Nursery, Forrest & Linda Blanchard, White Street Paint & Wallpaper, Bruno’s North End Deli, and Tamar Kotelchuck.