The Lawn on D Will Return in 2017

With more bank sponsorship money, the hip Southie destination will be open for another year.


The Lawn on D, that magnet for young professionals and Instagram models in South Boston, will be returning in 2017 with another round of funding from Citizens Bank, its proprietors announced this week.

After finalizing another deal with Citizens Bank to contribute $250,000, which the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority announced Tuesday, it’s slated to open again in May. The bank first began supporting the park last year.

The park—complete with the perennially popular circular glowing swings, ping pong tables, lawn games, outdoor fitness sessions, art, a stage for musical performances, and a bar stocked with high-priced tallboys—hasn’t turned a profit since it opened in 2014. But according to the Globe, it’s been able to shrink a deficit after a tripling of concessions and events revenues, seeing a gap of $2.3 million in 2015 reduced to between $250,000 and $350,000. And the authority is now seeking more partners hoping to sponsor the experiment.

What the future holds long-term for the space next to the convention center is not yet certain.

For now, though, the big green all-ages playground will continue to be a cool, if imperfect, destination in the booming section of Southie which—characterized once by parking lots and neglect—has often been accused of growing so fast it forgot to have a soul.