Active family fun is a force that is revitalizing Boston’s unused spaces. So much so that places to play are starting to pop up in areas where you would not expect them. In 2000, West Roxbury built a hill over the top of the Gardner Street Landfill using dirt taken from the Big Dig to transform the dump into a destination. The surrounding 100-acre park and recreation center are now known as Millennium Park. Its hill and fields are so beautiful, not to mention completely clean and safe for everyone to enjoy, that you would not know the park’s history just by looking at it.
All throughout the warm weather months, kids can be found playing soccer and flying kites in Millennium’s series of fields. Families fill the picnic tables around the playground as well as the walking, biking, and running trails that link Millennium to the nearby Brook Farm and connect to Helen Heyn Riverway and on to Nahanton Park. Mix and match your paths with multiple walking loops ranging in distance from half a mile to three miles to get all the way to Nahanton on foot. The boat lovers in the family will be glad to know that it is possible to paddle between Millennium and Nahanton Parks or down into the Charles River right from Millennium’s canoe-launching dock. However you plan to enjoy West Roxbury’s gem of a park, don’t miss the panoramic view from the top of the hill. From its height, even the littlest family members will be able to spy the Blue Hills and downtown Boston.
(Image source: Newton Conservators)