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News in Brief: Flu clinics, fall recreation programs, new eco-friendly turf and a public art initiative

Blue and white lines painted on a turf field at Skyline Park in Brookline.
The new turf field at Skyline Park. Photo courtesy Town of Brookline.
September 12, 2023

Health Department holding flu vaccination clinics

The Brookline Department of Public Health and Human Services is holding several flu vaccination clinics over the coming weeks.

The first clinic will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 19 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester St. This clinic will exclusively administer high-dose flu vaccines, recommended for individuals aged 65 and older.

Three other clinics will be available for all residents six months or older:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 4 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Baker School, 205 Beverly Road.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 17 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Florida Ruffin Ridley School, 345 Harvard Street.
  • Sunday, Oct. 15 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Brookline High School Schluntz Gymnasium, 115 Greenough St.

To register for the clinics, click here. Residents are required to bring insurance cards, Medicare cards, and a form of identification to the clinics.

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Recreation Department continues equity initiative

The Brookline Recreation Department’s equity initiative is continuing this fall. The program, which started in the summer of 2022, gives free access to recreation programs for families which can demonstrate financial need through one of the following:

  • Resident in Brookline Public Housing
  • Section 8/Housing Voucher
  • MRVP Housing Voucher
  • SNAP/Food Stamps
  • Child Care Assistance Voucher
  • Foster Care
  • MassHealth/CHIP Health Insurance

Around 130 to 160 people register each season, said Leigh Jackson, the town’s recreation director.

For the fall season, the following programs are being offered: Aquatics, Archery, Adult Soccer, Youth Soccer, Lego Engineering, Flag Football, Tae Kwon-Do, Ultimate Frisbee, Youth Rugby, Youth Wrestling.

Click here to register.

New turf field opens at Skyline Park

A new synthetic turf field created for Brookline High School varsity sports teams and other sports leagues and groups officially opened on Sept. 5.

The eco-friendly project was led by the Brookline Department of Public Works and Open Space Division with input from the Brookline community on field usage and materials, members of the Park and Recreation Commissioners on public design, and Huntress Associates and GeoKinetics on materials.

“We realize that projects like this require a great deal of thought, research, and consideration of various user groups,” said Director of Parks and Open Space Alexandra Vecchio in a press release. “We are grateful to the Brookline community and the entire project team for helping us consider which products would meet both the needs of field user groups and have the least impact on the environment.”

The chosen turf for the project is Greenfields Iron turf, a USA-made, fully recyclable woven turf product, according to the town. It is paired with BrockFill, a sustainably grown “infill” product that is recyclable, biodegradable, and will help reduce the field’s heat by up to 40 degrees, the town says

Brookline invites artists to help with public art initiative

Brookline is inviting artists experienced in creating outdoor or site-specific works of art to apply for the Brookline Art Makes Community (BAMC) project, focused on bringing more visual appeal to the town’s commercial areas.

The BAMC initiative plans to bringpublic art and placemaking “activations” to Brookline, according to a release from the town. The initiative includes three public art programs: Wrapped Boxes Around Town, Painted Boxes Around Town, and Art Around Town.

Brookline will be accepting online applications until 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 1.