Draper Playground is well-hidden from the main drag of Washington Street, but there is a sign that notes its…More location.
Many people walk to the playground to use the year round Mary Draper Pool House. Pool goers must be members of the West Roxbury Community Centers through the Boston Centers for Youth & Families. Membership fees are not expensive compared to private clubs because the pool is run by the city of Boston.
There are two age-appropriate playgrounds, a full-court basketball court, and two baseball/softball diamonds.
Allandale Woods is a 90-acre property situated between Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury. It is owned by Boston's Parks…More and Recreation Department, the Conservation Commission and private lands that are subject to city conservation restrictions.
In recent years, trails have been refurbished by the Boston Natural Areas Network and youth groups. The crews have worked hard to remove invasive species throughout the woods. Originally, the Appalachian Mountain Club built trails in 1992 through the woods.
The woods are a great place to relax, take a stroll and enjoy the maple and oak trees, with or without a dog.
There are several entrances, which are not marked well. The main entrance is behind the Church of the Annunciation on the VFW Parkway near the intersection of Centre Street. There are small signs at the entrances, but they can be easily missed.