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Phillips Street Play Area
Phillips Street, Boston, MA 02114

The Phillips Street Play Area is a quieter, more adult-friendly playground than its neighbor up the hill, the MyrtleMore Street Playground. The play area is in the lower part of the park and features modern, jungle gym-like playground equipment set on top of rubber mats to absorb falls. The play area is surrounded by a low wall convenient for parents to sit on. 

The upper park is a peaceful space with benches overlooking the play area. Pets are allowed in the upper part of the park only. It is maintained by the city's Parks and Recreation Department.  

The play area was renovated in 2009. 

Boston Public Garden
51 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02108

Like its neighbor the Boston Common, the Public Garden is known for breaking historical ground. When it was createdMore in 1837, it was credited as America's first public botanical garden. Because it's right next the the Common, the two are often indistinguishable and most tourists and even some residents don't realize they are visiting two different parks.

Together with the Common, the Public Garden makes up nearly 75 acres of green space in the heart of downtown Boston. Most tourists flock to the Garden for a spin around the pond in the famous Swan Boats, in operation since 1877. The boats welcome riders between April and September every year. But the Public Garden's charms are much more varied and deep than the Swan Boats -- the impeccable landscaping and peaceful, timeless atmosphere provides Beacon Hill residents with a year-round urban oasis. But for $2.75 a pop, a Swan Boat ride could be a worthwhile 15-minute reprieve even for native Bostonians. 

Saturdays, especially during the summer, are exceptionally busy at the Garden -- and watch out for ubiquitous newlyweds and their snap-happy wedding photographers ignoring signs not to walk on the grass! 

No cycling or rollerblading and definitely no walking on the grass!

Old West Church
131 Cambridge St, Boston, MA 02114

Founded in 1737, the Old West Church sits on the corner of Cambridge and Staniford streets, set back on a leafy,More peaceful lot of land. The current federal-style church was built in 1806.

The church was active for 150 years, even counting Louisa May Alcott among its famous Sunday school pupils. But when the congregation disbanded it escaped demolition and was converted into the West End Library in 1894. The library is now right next door.

Since 1962, it has been a United Methodist Church. Services are held every Sunday at 11 a.m., with prayer beginning at 10 a.m. A community prayer is held every Wednesday at noon.

Old West Church also has an impressive organ and the director of music is the former head of the organ department at the New England Conservatory of Music.

City Mission Society of Boston
14 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02108

The City Mission Society of Boston is the oldest non-profit organization in New England. This faith-basedMore organization was established in 1816 to educate children, but since then, the mission has grown to include three branches of service: Youth Peace Empowerment, Faith and Community, and Homeless Prevention.

The Mission Society raises $800,000 per year to fund these programs. Most of the money is received through donations from foundations, church congregations, and corporate gifts. 

A full-time staff of five people is headed up by Rev. June Cooper, the Mission's executive director for the past eight years. 

City Mission is always looking for groups of volunteers of 10 or more people to help with various projects in the Boston area such as, painting the walls of a homeless shelter or working on a community garden. Although based in Beacon Hill for nearly 200 years, most of City Mission's work happens in neighborhoods like Roxbury and Dorchester.