- Department of Conservation & Recreation
Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Celebrates Opening of New Melnea A. Cass Recreational Complex Spray Deck in Roxbury
Olivia Dorrance, Press Secretary
BOSTON — Today, during a ribbon cutting ceremony, the Baker-Polito Administration celebrated the opening of a new spray deck at the Melnea A. Cass Recreational Complex in the City of Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood. The new state of the art facility will provide an inclusive outdoor play environment for the community and surrounding area, offering children and their families with additional recreational opportunities. The new $400,000 spray deck, which is under the management of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), will be open to the public from 9:30AM to 7:00PM seven days a week throughout the summer season.
“The Baker-Polito Administration’s steadfast dedication to our state’s outdoor recreational opportunities is reflected in the new spray deck at the Melnea A. Cass Recreational Complex,” said Department of Conservation and Recreation Commissioner Leo Roy. “These improvements are a welcome addition, offering children and families an inclusive outdoor area to enjoy.”
Details of the new spray deck at the Melnea A. Cass Recreational Complex include:
- 2,400 square feet area of soft rubber surface with 32 separate water spray features;
- Associated site amenities, such as benches and awnings; and,
- Improvements to walkways connecting the area to the front plaza.
“This is an exciting and well-deserved expansion for the Melnea Cass Center,” said State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz (D-Boston). “The Cass Center is treasured across Roxbury as a hub for recreation and community building. The opening of this spray park is a great way to build on an existing asset and to collectively provide a summer full of activities for children and families.”
“As a 5th generation Roxbury resident, the Melnea Cass Recreation Complex played an integral part of my upbringing,” said State Representative Chynah Tyler (D-Boston). It is a place for the community to gather and a safe space for our youth to gain the life skills they need to be successful. As such, it is with great pride and joy that we get to celebrate the opening of the new spray deck just in time for summer!”
The Melnea A. Cass Recreational Complex is named after one of Boston’s most beloved and effective Civil Rights, who was known as the “First Lady of Roxbury”. Melnea Cass was a fierce advocate for education, economic opportunities, and racial justice for her community. Serving numerous organizations, state boards, and as president of the Boston NAACP, Melnea Cass was a driving force for not only her neighborhood but for all of Boston.
For information regarding the DCR’s wading pools, deep water pools, and spray decks, as well as dozens of coastal and inland beaches across the Commonwealth, please visit the agency’s website. Additional information on recreational opportunities available at the Melnea A. Cass Recreational Complex can be found on facility’s webpage.