Two Dog Parks and Parking Lot Planned for “Tired” South Side Playground

by Chris Wangler

September 2, 2022

As Waltham’s parks renaissance continues, one of Waltham’s most run-down playgrounds will get a major makeover―and with federal funds.


Jack Koutoujian Playground, the largest recreation space on Waltham’s South Side, has been declining for years. 

Trash and graffiti cover the concrete skate park while dog poop litters the edge of an unused ball diamond.


After neighbors offered feedback on what they wanted, two enclosed dog parks are now planned: one for small dogs and another for larger dogs. 


A brand new skate park is planned and new play structures. New athletic courts will include tennis, pickleball, basketball and futsal, as well as a new adult fitness area and walking path.


Park users could only walk to the park previously. The proposed improvements also include a new parking lot adjacent to the Burger King.


More than $4 million in federal funds have been set aside for the project, which includes a plan to cap and contain a former dump that abuts the park, according to Ward 8 city councilor Cathyann Harris [in photo]. Watch an interview with her here

Harris said Mayor Jeannette McCarthy and city housing officials have been pushing the process forward for years.


Currently, environmental officials are reviewing the plan. Once they sign off, the project can be put out to bid. Stay tuned.

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