One Chandler Street - Ellis Children's Park



When city parks and playgrounds fall into disrepair, the local community loses out. That was the case with the city-owned park at the end of Chandler Street, pictured at left. Seeing an opportunity to create a beautiful play space for the South End’s youngest children, Ellis CEO Leo Delaney raised money from local foundations and negotiated use of the land with Boston Mayor Tom Menino.

Groundbreaking on the new Ellis (Memorial) Children’s Park took place in late 2004, and the park officially opened in 2005. Since then, it has welcomed scores of children from Ellis and neighborhood families who come for activities ranging from daily “outdoor time” to special events, birthday parties, Easter Egg hunts, block parties and more.

Groups of children and their teachers crossing Berkeley Street to get to and from the park are now a familiar sight in the neighborhood – our own version of “Make Way for Ducklings”! 

Although still owned by the City of Boston, the park is maintained by Ellis throughout the year, with help from donors in the local community. It was chosen as the scene for a 2015 taping of a “Wake Up Call” for WCVB Channel 5 with our K-1 classroom – click here to view.