The almost completed Jimmie Lee Hunt Playground on Almont Street in Mattapan may be the best outdoor park in the City of Boston. I was attending a home inspection at 19 Almont Street this morning and I was as useless as decaffeinated coffee so I decided to take some photographs on this beautiful fall day. Bill Forry of The Dorchester Reporter wrote a nice article entitled “Almont Park ready for football; baseball is next” in 2014 on the progress of the construction.
The Jimmie Lee Hunt Playground is a HUGE asset for this Mattapan neighborhood. It’s the home of the Mattapan Patriots. The Boston Police Athletic League (PAL) and the Bay State Soccer League (BSSL) both hold sporting events at the park. The Franklin Park Tennis Association (FPTA) held tennis lessons at the park this past summer.
There are three parking lots located on Almont Street and Orlando Street. There’s also parking along the abutting streets that include: Almont Street; Brockton Street; Culbert Street; Favre Street; and Messinger Street. There are entrances to the park on Almont Street, Culbert Street, Favre Street and Orlando Street. The proposed MBTA Blue Hill Avenue Station will, hopefully, be a great way to access the park for people who don’t live in the neighborhood but would like to enjoy the park’s amenities.
I’m worried that the park won’t be maintained like so many other municipal parks that have been restored by the City of Boston but I hope the neighborhood will work closely with the City of Boston in order to keep the Jimmie Lee Hunt Playground in good working order for many years to come.
Without further ado, here are the photographs that I took this morning. I hope you like them.
By this point, you’re probably asking yourself: “Who is Jimmie Lee Hunt?! Who is Tre’Vaughn Matthews?!” You should maybe grab a box of tissues before you read any further. Their stories may break your heart.
Jimmie Lee “Earthquake” Hunt was a defensive lineman who played for the American Football League’s (AFL) Boston Patriots from 1960 through 1969 and for the National Football League’s (NFL) Boston Patriots in 1970. He was a four-time AFL All-Star and was one of only twenty men to play the entire ten years of the AFL’s existence. He was an original member of the Boston Patriots. He later coached football at Boston University. Jimmie Lee hunt died on November 22nd, 1975 at the age of 37.
Tre’Vaughn Matthews was a two year old boy who was playing at the Almont Street Playground when, according to Boston.com, “the drawstring on his windbreaker got caught in a hole as he started sliding, choking him” in a story dated July 27th, 2013, which was entitled “Almont Park playground renamed for Mattapan toddler who died there in 1996“. Tre’Vaughn Anthony Matthews died at the age of 2.
I hope you liked the photographs and were happy to learn a bit about the lives, both too short, of Jimmie Lee’ Earthquake” Hunt and Tre’Vaughn Anthony Matthews.
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