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Family Event At Public Park Had One Rule:  No Cell Phones

July 14, 2019

A pool, a playground, and miniature golf were among the attractions at a community family event in Charlestown recently – but no cell phones.

Family Day is the brainchild of the head of the Charlestown community center of Boston Centers for Youth and Families (a city agency) and the pastor of Christ Church Charlestown, a biblically based Protestant church that uses a public school in Charlestown for worship services. The two got together over breakfast and organized the event for the first time last year, according to The Charlestown Patriot-Bridge.

The idea is to bring families together in a fun event without technological distractions, so they can get to know each other.

This year’s second annual Family Day took place June 28 at Doherty Playground, a public park on Bunker Hill Street designed in the 1890s by Frederick Law Olmsted (designer of Boston’s Emerald Necklace). The park was originally known as Charlestown Heights.

Charlestown is a neighborhood of the city of Boston with about 19,000 residents.

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