TADpole Playground

About TADpole Playground


In 2002 our trustees sponsored a complete renovation of the playground on the Boston Common, transforming an underused 1970’s-era playground into an imaginative and safe play space for local and visiting children. Renovations included a state-of-the-art rubberized safety surface, an exciting multipurpose play structure, water features, and frog-themed statues and artwork. 

In Memory of


Holly Bruce, Highland Street Foundation Trustee, spearheaded the effort to create the playground in loving memory of her father, David J. McGrath, Jr., co-founder of the Highland Street Foundation and founder/owner of TAD Resources International (hence the TADpole Playground name). The colorful river mosaic just inside the playground’s entranceway is called David’s Place in his honor. 

Today the TADpole Playground is one of the most popular playgrounds in Boston. It is also the site of our TADpole 10 Program each summer.

Click here to learn more about TADpole 10

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