Photos by Frank Santangelo
By William Tauro
This past Saturday morning, hundreds came out and attended the reopening of the former Otis Street Playground, renamed in honor of Deanna Cremin, a Somerville teen who inspired many.
The new Deanna Cremin Playground is located at the corner of Otis and Dana Streets in Somerville
The new playground design was inspired by the community, and developed by an imaginative team of landscape architects and engineers at CBA Landscape Architects. The features include new play structures, several musical instruments, fun-loving murals, a water spray area, a large dish swing, and café tables. Improved safety features include new lighting, security cameras, and new gates. The playground also includes expanded green spaces, permeable surfacing throughout to help remediate stormwater runoff, new sidewalks, and street trees. This City of Somerville project was completed in partnership and with the support of MassDot.
“We lost someone special when we lost Deanna Cremin,” said Mayor Curtatone. “This park will honor her caring, fun-loving spirit, and with the renovation of the playground, our children and families will be now able to enjoy a space dedicated to Deanna’s memory and legacy.”