Massachusetts: Rob Gronkowski’s Boston Gronk Playground Plans Unveiled
Rob Gronkowski’s mark on the New England area will forever be felt in Foxborough. However, this will go beyond his legendary statistics playing for the Patriots. Gronkowski is also behind the new Gronk Playground on the Boston Esplanade.
The history of this project dates back to 2021 (that would be his Tampa Bay Buccaneers playing days). Boston.com reported Gronkooski’s 1.2 million donation as “one of the largest private gifts ever to a state park in Massachusetts,” at the time. Now, less than two years later, initial designs have been released that show what the park will look like. As you can expect, it certainly has Gronk’s big personality to it.
MassLive has 13 different mock-up images that give you a virtual tour of Gronk Playground within the Boston Esplanade. Let’s start here. Gronk did mention the idea of having a duck boat as part of the fun. Well, he held true to his word. Within the playground view, you can see a prominent duck boat assembled on the near edge of the playground. Assuming this will be a climbing structure where kids can explore their imaginations and pretend to drive one of these Boston staples.
Other highlights in the plans include a spray deck, a rope climb, and a group see-saw. If that was not cool enough, Gronk added a personal touch to the fun. There is a 40-yard dash in the plans in addition to a high-five, low-five tower that features a life-sized Gronk image.
Gronk Nation Youth
Building such playgrounds is nothing new to the former Patriots tight end. The Gronk Nation Youth Foundation has been in place since 2013 where they “have donated over $1 million to children’s hospitals, youth sports, and community organizations.” Through this effort Gronk and his team impact local communities through supporting youth causes. This includes children’s hospitals, building baseball fields in his native northern New York area, and now, continuing with the Gronk Playground in Boston.
MassLive explained the park is expected to open in 2025. In case you are wondering what else Gronk has been up to, this past Sunday, Gronk jumped out of a plane on live TV. On Fox’s NFL Sunday, #87 spiked himself from 11,000 feet, skydiving live onto the show set in Los Angeles.