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DEPARTMENT OK PARKS
TWENTY-NINTH ANNUAL REPORT
Board of Commissioners
Year Ending January 31, 1904
PRINTED FOR THE DEPARTMENT
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DEPARTMENT OK PARKS
TWENTY-NINTH ANNUAL REPORT
Board of Commissioners
Year Ending January 31, 1904
With the Compliments of the
Board of Commissioners of the
Department of Parks.
printed for the department
C-Hi) of Boston
DEPARTMENT OK PARKS
TWENTY-NINTH ANNUAL REPORT
Board of Commissioners
Year Ending January 31, 1904
printed for the department
Commissioners' Report ......... 5
Superintendent's Report 9
Report of Committee of Massachusetts Emergency and Hygiene
Association in Charge of the Women's and Children's Divi-
sion at Charlesbank ......... 23
General Exhibit of Appropriations 25
Expenditures on Account of Land and Construction from Feb-
ruary 1, 1903, to January 30, 1904 26
Expenditures on Account of Maintenance from February 1, 1903,
to January 30, 1904 28
Income ............ 30
Park Betterments Collected by City Collector .... 30
Public Park and Playground Debt 30
Park Statistics 31
DEPARTMENT OF PARKS.
Hon. Patrick A. Collins,
Mayor of the City of Boston :
Sir, — The Board has the honor herewith to submit this
report for the year ending January 31, 1904.
The only additions to our parks and playgrounds made
during the year are as follows : We have acquired a small
addition to Dorchester Park for the purpose of obtaining an
entrance to the park from Richmond street. On July 20,
1903, the Board took 4.5 acres of city property on Marcella
street, containing some buildings formerly occupied by the
Children's Institutions Department, for a playground. The
buildings, which are of no use to this department, will have
to be removed before the playground can be constructed.
On August 7, 1903, 2.8 acres of land on Albany and Ran-
dolph streets were taken by the Board for a playground.
The buildings are now being removed preparatory to opening
the playground in the spring.
A tract of land on Burnham street, between Massachusetts
avenue and Southampton street, Ward 17, was leased from
the owners for playground purposes, without expense to this
department except the small sum necessary to maintain the
grounds in a condition suitable for play. A small addition
to our appropriation for maintenance, which would permit
of the payment of rent for lands for this purpose, would
enable the Board to supply temporarily the need for play-
grounds in other localities. We have reluctantly parted with
3,208 feet of the Prince-street playground for the building
of a bathhouse by the Bath Department. We sincerely
trust that we shall be given the means to make good this loss
The question of providing sufficient playground areas for
the use of the people of Boston has been carefully considered
by the Board, which feels that it would not fulfil its duty to
the community now living in the city, and to the larger
community which will sooner or later occupy it, if it did not
again call your attention to the importance of this subject.
Boston is abundantly well supplied with rural parks and
parkways, but these cannot be generally used as playgrounds
without interfering with the objects for which they were
specially created. The city lacks, however, public grounds
which can be used by young men for purposes of sport and
recreation, and by young children for the pastimes suited to
their age. Some progress has been made in recent years in
supplying this want, but Boston, which has set an example
to the cities of the world in municipal improvement, is still
behind other cities in playground equipment. The large use
and great popularity of the recently acquired Columbus-
avenue playground are additional evidence of the need of
such open spaces in other congested districts, and it would
seem the part of wisdom to acquire land in the still thinly
populated parts of the city before the increase of population
makes the price of such land prohibitive.
The proposed improvements in connection with the build-
ing of the Charles-river dam will increase the area avail-
able for public use at the foot of Beacon Hill, but the
dense population of the North End demands a more ample
provision for its children than now exists. The Board be-
lieves that the city can wisely expend a large sum of money
in acquiring land for such a playground. Such land will
always be valuable even if the time should ever come when
it is not needed for purposes of public recreation.
A playground somewhere on the line of or adjacent to
Huntington avenue seems very essential for the rapidly in-
creasing population of that part of the city. Jamaica Plain
is entirely unprovided with playground space, and it is large
enough to demand the establishment of two playgrounds.
Other playgrounds are needed in other districts. Small
neighborhood playgrounds, too, are required all through the
city, that small children may obtain fresh air and exercise out
of the streets. Such playgrounds as these need not have an
area of more than a few hundred feet if they are conveniently
Our Board cannot but repeat its hope that our public-
spirited citizens will bear in mind that there is no gift to the
city which is of greater public use and enjoyment, and brings
more lasting honor to the name of the donor, than a public
The Board is gratified with the progress that is being made
by the Street Department in the construction of that part of
Columbia road which borders the Strandway, the completion
of which will bring to a conclusion this important work,
which was begun in 1897, and will permit of the opening of
the road throughout its whole length, from Franklin Park
to Marine Park, during the present season. The Board has
completed the construction of its part of the road over what
was formerly Burnham's wharf. It remains to plant the
several acres reserved for plantations. This will be done by
this department under an arrangement with the Street
Department, by which the expense of this work will be paid
by the latter as part of the cost of construction under the
statute of 189T.
The action of the Legislature in adopting the recommenda-
tions of the Commission on the Charles-river dam, and the
creation of a new commission, by chapter 465 of the Acts of
last year, to carry out these recommendations, puts upon
the Board the duty of constructing an embankment on the
Boston side of Charles river, from Cambridge bridge to the
Back Bay Fens, whenever the Board, with the approval of
the Mayor, considers it advisable. We are now studying
plans for such an embankment. The act also calls for the
building of channels to divert the waters of Stony brook
from the Fens to the river and the doing of the necessary
dredging in the Fens. This work is now being done by the
Street Department. When it is completed the Fens will at
last be put into a satisfactory sanitary condition.
The accompanying report of our Superintendent gives full
details of the work of the department during the year.
Charles E. Stratton,
James M. Prendergast,
Boston, January 30, 1904.
To Charles E. Stratton, Laban Pratt, and James
M. Prendergast, Commissioners :
Gentlemen, — I herewith submit a report of the work
performed under the direction of your Board during the
The systematic thinning out of diseased and overcrowding
trees in the old woodlands, which has been carried on for
several years past generally throughout the park system, is
bearing abundant fruit in the improvement in the general
effect of the woodlands, as well as in the more healthy
appearance of the trees individually. The cutting having
been done gradually, the effect of mass has not been im-
paired, and the letting in of light and air has encouraged the
growth of side branches.
The important work of pruning, which is tedious and
expensive, has also been prosecuted as thoroughly as means
have allowed. By the end of next year it is expected that
the old woodlands in the main part of the system will have
had their initial pruning completed, and that, thereafter,
they will require only ordinary maintenance care.
While the West Roxbury Parkway woods have been
thinned regularly, no pruning has been done except on the
group of fine oaks near Weld street.
Dead branches, or stumps of branches, carry decay into
the heart of the trees and do irreparable injury; hence the
necessity of provision for carrying on this essential work
The young plantations generally are looking well. Thin-
ning out has been carefully done, but more rapid growth
would have resulted had we had an appropriation large
enough to give more cultivation. With each year the area of
planted ground has increased, with no material increase of
funds provided for i^s maintenance, and, consequently, we
cannot obtain the best possible results in growth. Consider-
able plantings of oaks were made in the young plantations,
and also in Long Crouch Woods. About seven acres of the
meadow (Nazingdale) were plowed, levelled, and seeded with
red fescue (Festuca rubra). It would be well to continue
this work, as circumstances may permit, until the levelling of
the whole is completed.
By the erection of a brick building at the administration
yard, much needed room has been acquired for the growth of
our repair department and for storage purposes. Space has
been left in the building for needed public sanitary accommo-
dation, which it is hoped will be provided the coming season.
An extension to the winter house for wild ducks has been
made, to accommodate the flock of swans purchased last
summer. The collection of wild fowl has proved a great
attraction to visitors, not only while in their summer home
in Scarboro' pond, but in their winter quarters, where a stream
of water runs through their yards, and where they can be
studied at close range.
A sanitary building for men and women was erected on
Schoolmaster hill during the past summer. The building is
of seam-faced Rockport granite, with slate roof, tiled floors,
and marble and brass fixtures. Two other sanitary build-
ings of similar design have been built, one in the Arboretum
and the other in the Fens.
A decided improvement has been effected in the lower
road by the removal of the remainder of the cobble-stone
gutters and the extension of the macadam to the turf line,
thus affording more room to the driveway. No other work,
outside of the regular maintenance work, has been done here.
Olmsted Park and Riverway.
The extension of the loam bed to a point below the surface
of the waters of Leverett pond and the Riverway was com-
pleted last spring in time for planting. Ferns, rushes, sedges,
loosestrifes, marsh marigolds, mallows, iris, and various
aquatic and semi-aquatic plants were planted along the mar-
gins, tending to greatly soften and beautify the shore line of
A flock of swans and another of wild geese were purchased
last season for Jamaica pond. These, with the semi-wild
mallards and black ducks, proved a very pleasing attraction
for many persons. It is to be regretted that there are no
suitable nesting places for swans and geese in Jamaica pond.
We endeavored to provide these by anchoring brush-covered
rafts, but without success. Mallard and black ducks, how-
ever, found nesting places on the rafts as well as on the
islands of the Riverway and Fens.
Jamaica pond was kept in condition for skating during the
winter, and many thousands enjoyed the sport.
A conduit for carrying the flow of Stony brook from
Commissioners' channel to Charles river is now in course of
construction. The work is being done by the Street Depart-
ment, and is a part of the work authorized under the Charles
River Basin Act. When completed, the conduit will relieve
the Fens' basin of the filth now being poured into it from
Stony brook. It is estimated that about 75,000 cubic yards
of foul deposit exists in the Fens' basin. This, it is
expected, will be removed by the Street Department.
We have done no work of importance in the Fens during
the past year, except the usual work of maintenance. The
need of additional loam for the Fens must again be called to
the attention of your Board. In no cheaper way can any
improvement be made to the condition of trees and shrubbery
than by adding loam to the plantations. The Fens are bleak
and wind-swept; the subsoil, a clean gravel. These condi-
tions, when coupled with a thin loam covering, are prohibitive
of healthy and free growth.
Between Brookline avenue and Dartmouth street, about
one hundred tree holes were prepared in the centre of the
lawns on each side of the central promenade of Common-
wealth avenue for planting with English elms. The charac-
ter of the ground, which is a rilling of clean washed gravel,
necessitated careful preparation. The holes were dug twenty
feet square and four feet deep, and filled with good turfy
Chaiiesbank received the usual renovation of its shrubbery
borders, and the replacement of the plants broken and worn
by the great use made of the grounds.
The men's gymnasium maintained its reputation for popu-
larity among young men and boys. Classes were drilled
twice a day in physical culture by an instructor, who also
supervised the regular athletic work of the gymnasium.
The women's gymnasium was well patronized during the
season. A report in detail of the work will be found else-
where in this report.
The men's gymnasium was flooded, as usual, and used by
thousands for skating.
Wood Island Park.
An open-sided shelter was constructed here last summer,
for use in sudden storms. A building was also put up, con-
taining a workshop, a storeroom, and sanitary accommodation
for women. The plantations continue to thrive, and bid fair,
in a short time, to give a wooded appearance to the park.
Preparation was made, the past fall, for the planting of a
number of trees in the spring. The cricket, baseball, and
tennis grounds are in good condition, and, together with the
gymnasium, have been much used by the public.
Little has been required at Charlestown Heights, except
the regular work of maintenance. A number of trees and
shrubs were planted in the bordering plantations.
Marine Park and Strandway.
By reason of their peculiar advantages, Marine Park and
Castle Island, during the hot weather, are the most popular
parks in the system. The cooling breezes from the bay, the
views of the harbor and of the passing ships, and the bath-
ing, all together make Marine Park one of the most valuable
of Boston's parks. Between the Boston Yacht Club house
and the Head House a promenade, with loam spaces for
trees, was constructed during the past season.
Work on the Strandway was resumed last spring by the
Street Department, and is nearly completed as far as Burn-
ham's wharf. Between Burnham's wharf, or Newman
street, and the railroad bridge, to the south, the work is
under construction by the Street Department, with the
prospect of completion by the end of next summer. That
portion of the Strandway which is covered by the Burnham
wharf property purchase was nearly finished last summer by
the Park Department. Filling is still being received here,
and we shall be enabled in the spring to add a considerable
area of newly-filled ground to the playground already estab-
lished. This playground is very conveniently situated, and
is much used for ball-playing and skating.
An arrangement between the Street Department and your
Board has been made, by which the Park Department will
do the planting of the loam spaces throughout the length of
the Strandway. The expense of the work will be charged
to the fund in the hands of the Street Department on ac-
count of Columbia-road construction. The completion of
this work will give a continuous parkway connection, twelve
and one-half miles in length, extending from the Public
Garden, by way of Commonwealth avenue, the Fens, River-
way, Olmsted Park, Arborway, Franklin Park, and Columbia
road to Marine Park.
Chestnut Hill Park.
The drainage of the beech plantation was completed early
in the season, and a number of oaks and conifers was planted
in various places in the bordering plantations. Pruning and
thinning of the woodlands was continued, and the woody-
slope used for picnic purposes received a dressing of loam
about four inches in thickness. This will much improve the
condition of the trees, which were suffering from exposure of
the roots by the erosion of the soil. The lawn near Beacon-
street entrance has been opened for play, and was well used
The bordering belt of trees on the Stratton-street side r
and on a part of the Blue Hill-avenue side, was planted last
spring. The construction of a bowling green was commenced
last fall ; but, on account of the early setting in of winter
weather, the completion had to be deferred until spring. It
is expected that the green will be ready for play early in the
summer. The game is becoming very popular, and the
opportunity for indulging in it here presented will be appre-
ciated by the public.
The ball ground, an area of about forty acres, is in very
poor condition from the unequal settlement of its surface.
On summer Saturday afternoons there are usually from twelve
to eighteen match games played. In addition there are the
players on sixteen tennis courts, and the cricketers on the
two cricket creases. Last year the cricket grounds were
enlarged by moving the tennis courts over to the edge of
Talbot avenue. Additional courts were made on the Blue
Hill-avenue end, using up all the level ground to the tree
belt. The courts are all in good condition, and are provided
with wire-netting backstops.
An appropriation for levelling the grounds is very much
needed, in view of the large use that is made of them,
Another essential need is that of a field-house, where shelter,,
sanitary arrangements, spray baths, and lockers can be fur-
nished under one roof. Were these improvements made,
Franklin Field would soon become an important centre for
A new roof of tar and gravel was put on the sheep barn
last summer. Our flock of sheep is in good condition.
About two hundred sheep are kept over winter, which number
generally increases to about three hundred and seventy-five
in the spring. The pastoral effect they give to the hillsides
and meadows of Franklin Park is very pleasing.
About thirty acres of the ball ground at Franklin Field
were flooded for skating during the winter.
Christopher Gibson Playground.
Dorchester Avenue and Park Street.
This playground furnishes accommodation for ball games,
quoits, putting the shot, and similar sports. The children
occupy the triangle east of Geneva avenue, where simple
apparatus has been set up for their use, which has proved
very popular. A woman teacher is employed to guide them
in their play. Tennis courts and facilities for playing basket-
ball are also provided. In the winter arrangements are made
Savin Hill Beach.
Springdale Street, Dorchester.
Bathing closets are furnished at this beach for the public,
free of charge. They number fifty-four for men and thirty-
one for women. The beach is much frequented, and the
accommodations are entirely inadequate. An extension of
the closets to double or treble their number is necessary to
fully meet the demand.
A building containing sanitary accommodations for men
and women was erected last summer. An iron picket fence
was put up on the Neponset-avenue side of the field. The
slope adjoining the fence was loamed, and a line of trees
Considerable trouble is experienced from the settlement
of that portion of the field which was covered with heavy
sub-soil to form a basin for skating. The bottom is a com-
pressible salt meadow peat, and yields in places under the
filling, yet not to such an extent as to interfere with its use
as a ball ground. The remainder of the field, however, can
readily be made into a good playground surface by levelling
up the slight inequalities with loam, and seeding with grass.
During the winter months skating was provided at this
Chelsea Street and Mystic River.
An open-sided pavilion was erected in the children's
corner, for the use of mothers and children. This play-
ground being small, only boys under fourteen years of age are
permitted to play ball. Quoits and basket-ball equipments
are furnished. In the children's corner, which is fenced off
by wire netting, light apparatus and sand-boxes are provided.
A woman teacher is in charge.
Main and Alford Streets.
At the extreme edges of this playground filling is still in
progress. Ample ground, however, has been finely graded
for a skating field, for ball games, and for quoiting. The
department mechanics are now at work on the gymnasium
frames and apparatus for the open-air gymnasium. An iron
picket fence is under contract to enclose the gymnasium.
Further appropriations for an athletic house and for a fence
on the Main-street side are needed. Large use of the play-
ground, for out-door sports, including skating, has been
made the past year.
Lake and Foster Streets.
The objectionable pond in this park has been roughly filled.
Learning the surface and seeding down remains to be done.
The playground is now too small to meet the demands, but
could be extended were means available for carrying the open
brook into a conduit. A little grading would then enable us
to nearly double the playground area.
North Brighton Playground.
Western Avenue and Harvard Street.
No work, other than that of maintenance, was performed
at this playground during the past season. The increasing
use made of the grounds requires that provision should be
made for further grading of the meadow to the north of the
ball ground. A shelter and sanitary building is also needed.
An ice field was maintained for skating during the winter.
La Grange Street, near Centre Street, West Roxbury.
Outside of the preparation of the ground and the planting
of a line of Norway maples on the La Grange-street side, no
work other than that of maintenance was done at this play-
ground, an important item of which was the filling up of a
large sink over the bog. Baseball, football, and tennis are
the principal summer games. The ball field was flooded, as
usual, for skating. Sanitary and shelter accommodations are
South Walter and Robert Streets.
A division fence was erected last spring between the play-
ground and the Pearce property. The playground is very
popular, and is equipped for baseball and tennis. In winter
the ball field is flooded for skating. Its needs are a shelter
and sanitary building, bleachers, and a retaining-wall on
To mitigate the annoyance from the many passing trains
and to hide the glaring advertisements painted on the fence,
a loam space was made last spring, on the north line, and
planted with Lombardy poplars.
An appropriation of $10,000 has been made by the City
Council for a sanitary building. This amount is too small to
meet the requirements of a building suitable for the needs of
the playground. A suitable building should contain sanitary,
shelter, and locker accommodations, and possibly, to meet
the desire of the Playground committee of the Civic League,
a room for winter gymnasium and class work. The Civic
League has furnished and maintained the pavilions and gym-
nasium apparatus ; it has also borne the expense of the
instructors and kindergartners. The Park Department
assumes the general maintenance of the grounds, and pro-
vides for winter skating.
The playground is largely used, the frequenters ranging,
in their lines of interest, from athletes to baby gardeners.
The construction of a retaining-wall on the north line
would add about twenty feet to the available width of the
playground. This consideration, where room is scant, is a
strong argument in favor of an appropriation for the building
of the wall.
Prince and North Bennet Streets.
A temporary wooden structure, with a canvas roof, was
put up on this playground, and a few fixed seats were placed.
To prevent the playground, which is a narrow strip between
two streets, from being used as a thoroughfare, an iron picket
fence is under contract for the Prince-street side, the pickets
of which are so spaced as to permit the passing in or out of
small children, while large boys and adults will be kept out.
The North Bennet-street fence can be furnished with a
gate or opening ; construction on this, however, will have
to be deferred until the completion of the bathhouse, which
is to be erected on North Bennet street.
Some simple gymnastic apparatus, for children's use, is
now being made in the department shops, and will be set
up in the spring. This equipment, with the assistance of a
woman instructor, or kindergartner, will add very much to
the value of this small breathing spot amid the tenements.
Corner of M Street, South Boston.
In this playground a brick building has been erected. It
contains a locker-room, sanitary accommodations for both sexes,
and spray baths. It is well and conveniently planned, and
suits the purpose admirably. The heating plant of this
building, as well as those of the various sanitaries and repair
shops built during the past season, was designed and installed
by employees of the Park Department.
The out-door gymnasium was enclosed last fall by an iron
picket fence. The frames and apparatus for the equipment
of the gymnasium are now being prepared in the department
shops, and will be set up in the spring.
Heavy loam having been spread on the ball ground last
season permitted its flooding for skating this winter. While
the job was not a perfect one, some leaching of water still
occurring, yet the ice gave pleasure to many.
Fellows and Ilunneman Streets.
This little playground, with its apparatus, its kindergarten,
and fence enclosure, is a real boon to the children of the
densely populated neighborhood. The small gardens were a
failure last year because of predatory boys. A trial will
again be made this year, using seeds instead of plants.
Perhaps, from such small beginnings, and slow development,
they may not attract unusual attention, and mischievous
boys may become gradually accustomed to them.
An open-sided pavilion was erected in this playground,
during the past season, by workmen of the Park Department.
A sanitary building is needed.
Cottage-street Playground, Ward 2.
Cottage Street, near Maverick Street, East Boston.
This playground was entirely graded last season, and
provision was made for flooding the whole area for skating.
Large holes were dug around the borders and filled with
loam in readiness for planting. Backstops were erected for
ball playing. The needs of the playground include sanitary
and shelter accommodation, fencing and water service.
Forest Hills and Mt. Hope Playground.
Between Washington and Florence Streets.
No work of improvement on this fine piece of ground has
yet been done other than rolling with a steam roller. Base-
ball diamonds have been laid out, and the grass has been
kept as short as the rough character of the surface would
permit. The field has been well used and merits improve-
ment. An appropriation is needed for levelling and for
Marcella and Ritchie Streets.
This playground, which was acquired from the city last
summer, is well located in a populous district. Little has
been done towards its improvement, other than to provide
sanitary accommodations for men in the old asylum building,
and the same for women and children in the lodge. A little
cleaning up of the grounds made them available for play.
The buildings now on the ground are neither suitable nor
conveniently situated for adaptation to any probable use in
connection with playground work. On the contrary, they
occupy valuable playground space, besides cutting off or dis-
connecting parts of the grounds, and they would better be
removed. The whole area of the playground, including the
ledge in the northeast corner, could then be graded to a level
suitable for playground purposes.
Albany and Randolph Streets.
This newly acquired playground is located near a thickly
settled district, and, in size and shape, is well adapted for
playground purposes. The ground was not cleared of build-
ings until late in the fall, consequently we were able to
complete only the drainage of the grounds before the setting
in of winter. Grading will be commenced as early as possible
in the spring, and the playground can be opened for use in
early summer. Studies are now being made of the brick
building on Randolph street, with a view to its adaptation for
playground requirements. Gymnasium apparatus for chil-
dren and boys of large size is now being made at the depart-
Plymouth and Bellevue Streets, near Longwood Avenue.
An appropriation is needed for grading, draining, and seed-
ing this square. It is, however, available for use, although
This square required only ordinary maintenance care.
From year to year an increased interest is manifested in
athletic sports. Fifty-two baseball diamonds, in seventeen
playgrounds, and ninety-three tennis courts, in various parts
of the system, were maintained ; this latter game is very
popular. Facilities were provided also, in various play-
grounds, for football; the attendance at many of the games
was very large. Attendance at the golf links was not so
large as in previous years ; 38,290 players went over the
course this year as against 47,469 last year.
Thirteen distinct sheets of ice, in various parks and play-
grounds, were kept in order for skaters ; and it is estimated
that they were used by 885,000 persons during the skating
season. Curlers and hockey players enjoyed a long season
for their games, which was fully taken advantage of by lovers
of these sports. A toboggan chute was laid down the hill
from the golf-house and another down Scarboro' hill to the
Nazingdale meadow in Franklin Park. The season was
favorable for making a good course, and 12,300 persons
enjoyed the sport.
J. A. Pettigeew,
REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE MASSACHU-
SETTS EMERGENCY AND HYGIENE ASSOCIATION
IN CHARGE OF THE WOMEN'S AND CHILDREN'S
DIVISION AT CHARLESBANK.
Boston, January 9, 1904.
To the Board of Park Commissioners :
Gentlemen, — In submitting to you our report for the
thirteenth year of our superintendence of the gymnastic
training and playground work and of the general hygienic
and educational "values of Charlesbank, we have no unusual
items of interest to present.
The work has gone steadily forward on the same lines of
progress as heretofore. The attendance has been somewhat
larger than in the previous season, notwithstanding the hin-
drances necessarily caused by the building of the bridge.
The enthusiasm among the older pupils in the classes has
been very marked, women and girls, who are at work all
day, coming regularly for their gymnastic exercise and con-
stantly acknowledging their indebtedness to it for such
measure of health as they possess.
During the summer season, from May 15 to October 1, it
was all out-door work save when it rained, women, young
girls, children, babies, each division in age having its favorite
occupation. There is no happier spot in Boston than Charles-
bank playground when several hundred children are frolick-
ing upon it.
The in-door work from October 1 to May 15, except when
the weather permitted the classes to meet out doors, has been
in three divisions ; two evening classes with an average
attendance of 50 plus, two morning classes with 20 as the
average number, and three afternoon and one morning class
for the little children, who emulate their elders in their zeal.
As reward for their gymnastic skill they are allowed certain
intervals of time for making picture scrap books, a pastime
they greatly enjoy.
Miss Crowley is the pianist for the evening classes, Miss
Rosamond Lang and Miss Marjorie Phelps kindly giving
their services for the morning classes.
Towards the close of the winter evening classes, last
spring, Dr. Dudley A. Sargent of Harvard University
brought some of his own pupils to assist him in obtaining
tests of the average strength of the Charlesbank pupils ac-
cording to certain exercises on simple apparatus which he
has arranged. The exhibition was novel, interesting and sat-
isfactory. Its results, tabulated in a chart that now hangs
on the wall of the large class-room, serve as incentive and as
caution to the pupils in endeavoring to obtain an all-round
Miss Harriets. Cutler is the wise, kind, efficient Superin-
tendent, whose influence over her pupils is of very large,
value to their character. Miss Agnes O. Brigham, who so
long has been the admirable first assistant, though with us
last summer, has resigned her position to accept similar work
in a Western college. Miss Margaret L. Horst served
excellently as second assistant in the summer.
The committee is grateful for the kind consideration with
which any suggestion of theirs has always been received by
Superintendent John A. Pettigrew and his assistants.
Kate Gannett Wells,
Anna Phillips Williams,
Mabel Delano Lord,
For the Committee.
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Wood Island Park
Copp's Hill Terraces
Chestnut Hill Park
North Brighton Playground
Savin Hill Playground
Roslindale Playground ,
Oak Square ,
Cottage-street Playground, Ward 2 . . . ,
$124,184 69 $55,582 77
* Of this amount, $203,485.73 was expended by Street Department, being proportion
February 1, 1903, to January 30, 1904.
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* 204,070 70
of highway loan, issued as Public Park loan, under Chap. 319, Acts of 1897.
Expenditures on Account of Maintenance from!
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Wood Island Park
North End Beach
Copp's Hill Terraces
Chestnut Hill Park
North Brighton Playground
Christopher Gibson Playground..
Savin Hill Playground
Forest Hills Playground
Cottage-street Playground.Ward 2
February 1, 1903, to January 30, 1904.
2° 437 85
3 881 82
5 845 93
2 144 14
5 653 17
1 012 58
10 075 84
Keceived from rents, sale of buildings, wool,
Income carried to General City Income
Balance on hand, January 30, 1904
Park Betterments Collected by City Collector,
to February 1, 1904.
ing Feb. 1,
Public Park, Back Bay —
Parkway, Old Harbor
" Muddy River....
Public Park and Playground Debt.
Total loans outstanding, January 30, 1904 . . . $15,748,910 98
Sinking Fund, January 30, 1904 4,738,155 48
Net Debt, January 30, 1904 $11,010,755 50
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