By now, if you live in Boston and have a Facebook account, chances are you’ve seen pictures of the donut-shaped, LED illuminated, solar-powered swings that grace the Lawn on D, the outdoor, innovative space adjacent to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in South Boston’s Waterfront District. The swings are just one of many attractions that have been drawing visitors from across the city to the 2.7-acre space since it opened in 2014.
From late May through early October, the lawn is open daily, affording visitors a verdant setting where they can relax in one of the colorful lounge chairs and take advantage of free Wi-Fi. On weekends (Friday through Sunday) and on some holidays and select Thursdays, the Lawn on D offers free games and a variety of food and beverages for purchase.
Games include bocce, cornhole, giant Jenga, and Ping-Pong. Concession stands, operated by the Rebel Restaurant Group, sell beer, wine, nonalcoholic beverages, grilled entrees, salads, wraps, and snacks. In addition, there are musical performances as well as fitness classes, giveaways, and screenings of Boston sporting events (find an event calendar here).
Each Friday, the lawn hosts Lunch Break on D, a concert series featuring Berklee College of Music musicians. Singer-songwriter and instrumentalist Kristin Corpuz performs today at noon. The lawn celebrates the first day of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games today with an Olympic theme.
Owned and operated by the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority in partnership with Citizens Bank, the Lawn on D opened two years ago as a temporary outdoor event space offering innovative programming, but has been so popular that it’s returned each summer since, and the latest plans call for it to remain open until 2019.
The Lawn on D, 420 D St., is open every day from late May to early October, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, unless closed for a private event. Check the calendar here. Games and concessions are offered on select Thursdays, 3 to 10 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, noon to 11 p.m., and Sundays and Monday holidays, noon to 10 p.m. Lawn entrance and game play are free. Find a list of games here, and a list of concessions here. Find a complete list of lawn rules here. Take the MBTA Red Line to South Station and an SL1 or SL2 bus to the World Trade Center and walk.
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