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Southwest Corridor Park
38 New Heath St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

This 52-acre park stretches from Forest Hills to the Back Bay. Its playgrounds, tennis courts, basketball courts,More community gardens and bike paths are living monuments to the community rising up to stop a 12-lane highway that urban planners wanted to build. In the words of historian Robert J. Allison, residents stopped the project by engaging in "some of the most creative acts of civil disobedience since the Stamp Act." In addition to providing recreation, it also serves as a major artery for bikers and walkers commuting to jobs downtown. The entire park contains eleven tot lots, two spray pools, seven basketball courts, five tennis courts, two street hockey rinks, two amphitheatres, and about six miles of biking, jogging and walking paths, according to the Department of Conservation and Recreation.

 

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