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Park It Here in Haverhill – New Playground Apparatus at Riverside Park

The Heartbeat of Haverhill read the Facebook status of Mayor Fiorentini shortly after he posted about the opening of the new playground at Riverside Park in Haverhill. Admittedly THOH is a big fan of outdoor space, and the clever use of city land and challenging apparatus always intrigues us, but the benefits of green space in a city go far beyond making me smile. It more or less makes the whole city smile and there are multiple studies to prove that parks offer exceptional benefits to residents who take advantage of them. Parks can help reduce obesity in children and create safer, stronger neighborhoods.

New Riverside Park Playground

New Riverside Park Playground looks like a convention of alien spaceships

According to American Planning Association:  “Scientists at the Human-Environment Research Laboratory of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who studied green space alongside public housing in Chicago. (and)  Other researchers who are conducting similar studies across the country are finding similar results.

The factors that explain these findings emphasize the importance of greenery in community and personal wellness.Time spent in natural surroundings relieves mental fatigue, which in turn relieves inattentiveness, irritability, and impulsivity, recognized by psychologists as precursors to violence. Green spaces also support frequent, casual contact among neighbors. This leads to the formation of neighborhood social ties, the building blocks of strong, secure neighborhoods where people tend to support,care about,and protect one another.”

See full article here:

IMG_1410 Haverhill Riverside Park Playground edited


THOH headed over to check it out. A dozen or so kids came on and off the playground during our visit and we looked for someone to demonstrate the apparatus.  Imagine our surprise when a handsome young man smiled back as we introduced ourselves to his mother. The Heartbeat of Haverhill admits, we were a little star struck. Why, we’d just seen Brian W. Brown, Jr.  on stage in a flawless performance as Winthrop in “The Music Man” presented by Spotlight Playhouse.  The caliber of his performance and a line in the program stating he’d been in a couple of Haverhill High School plays, led us to assume he was a young-looking high schooler. In real life, he is eleven. Imagine being this talented at eleven! Just so you know, in real life he is lisp free, outgoing, attends Haverhill public school, and most importantly is very kind to his younger brothers and cousin. On stage he oozes charisma, has fabulous dance moves (he started dancing hip hop at 5) and a voice so dynamic his former voice teacher named him student of the year! His bucket list wish of being represented in the town mural does not seem in the least far-fetched.

Brian Brown - starred as Winthrop in the Spotlighters Playhouse  production of The Music Man

Brian W. Brown, Jr. – starred as Winthrop in the Spotlight Playhouse production of  “The Music Man”. In this photo, he has top billing on the climbing apparatus.

And here he was in the park. We found our model family. Thank you to the Brown Family for allowing us to photograph you all as you enjoyed the park.

Brian Brown and his cousin sit on top of the world

Brian Brown and his cousin sit on top of the world or at least on top of what looked like some deconstructed giant jacks.


IMG_1432 Haverhill Riverside Park Playground

The three Brown brothers tackle what resembled the skeleton of the Death Star in “Star Wars” Apparently the good guys won.


IMG_1411 Haverhill Riverside Park Playground

Brown Brothers await higher pushes from their brother.

Some kids just want to go higher!

Some kids just want to go higher!

One more shot of Haverhill's Up and Coming Celebrity Brian Brown

One more shot of Haverhill’s Up and Coming Celebrity Brian W. Brown, Jr.

And then it was time to let the members of the Brown family have a little family time without the paparazzi chronicling their every move.

Goodbye, Brown Family!

At the swing set, Brian W. Brown Jr. shares a supporting role with his mother. Goodbye, Brown Family!

Lots of families came out to the park today as well as to Swasey Field and Plug Pond. Under the vision of Mayor Fiorentini and City Council, Haverhill is developing quite the reputation for its exceptional parks and recreational programs.  Even if you’re too old for baby swings you can still “Park It Here in Haverhill”.



(c)2014 by Alison Colby-Campbell

12 comments on “Park It Here in Haverhill – New Playground Apparatus at Riverside Park

  1. lynnefavreau
    June 24, 2014

    Terrific story. I just got a look at the new water features at Swasey Park yesterdday. Nice to see the neighborhood kids out enjoying it.

  2. Barbi Ivany
    June 24, 2014

    Another great article. Thank you keeping me up to speed on what is Happening in Haverhill 🙂

    • Brain4Rent/THoH
      June 24, 2014

      Thanks for reading. And it’s always so much fun to find a new reason to be proud of Haverhill.

        June 24, 2014

        Haverhill is The new Newburyport but with more diversity , affordable housing, good schools, great green space, classy downtown and easy to get to

        Sent from my iPhone


  3. ßrian ßrown
    June 24, 2014

    very nice article. thank you.

  4. ßrian ßrown
    June 24, 2014

    very nice article, great pictures. Thank you Alison Colby-Campbell

    • Brain4Rent/THoH
      June 24, 2014

      Are you the dad or the star? In any event your family was delightful – and so wonderfully photogenic

      • ßrian ßrown
        June 24, 2014

        just the dad. Thank you for the kind words and excellent photos. Brian Jr. was excited this morning when we showed him the article.

      • Brain4Rent/THoH
        June 24, 2014

        Takes a good dad to raise a great kid/s.

  5. brian adamson
    August 21, 2014

    Beutiful job on kid’s park. I am Brian Adamson, .I frequently , go to the park. Practicing voice technique and belting out song after song .

  6. brian adamson
    August 21, 2014

    Beutiful job on kid’s park. I am Brian Adamson, .I frequently , go to the park. Practicing voice technique and belting out song after song .

    • Brain4Rent/THoH
      August 21, 2014

      Next time I go, I’ll keep an ear out for you! Thanks for reading.

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Alison Colby-Campbell



Full-brain user demonstrating a healthy(?) obsession with marketing, promotion, writing, photography, house rabbits, the natural world, tennis, big and small problem solving, reading, hiking, HGTV and the flotsam & jetsam of everyday life. My three blogs Brain4Rent, The Heartbeat of Haverhill, Alison Colby-Campbell Photography are Wordpress based.

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