Essay Contest to Name New Shields Park Playground

The Shields Park playground renovation is nearing completion, but a key element of the playground is missing: its name! An anonymous donor has acquired naming rights to the new playground, but asked the Milton Playground Planners to turn that privilege over to the public through an essay contest.

All current and former Milton residents are invited to submit a 500-word essay explaining the significance of their chosen name and why it should be selected. The essays will be judged by Selectman Tom Hurley, Superintendent of Schools Mary Gormley, and Milton Times Publisher Pat Desmond. A sign with the winning name will be installed at the new playground and unveiled at the ribbon cutting ceremony, which will be held in June.

Read the official rules here.

The Town of Milton does not have the financial resources to back this important mission; therefore MPP was created with the purpose of raising
funds, community awareness and sponsorship of fundraising initiatives to support our playground renovation.

How we'll achieve it

We are a 501c3 non-profit organization. Our Tax ID is 47-5228909. If you need a proof-of-giving letter for your taxes please email us at

Our mission

Everyone! The four playgrounds are all public space and open for use by the entire community. In turn, improvement of our community space is certain to be a selling point and benefit to our property value. All
Milton residents can benefit from a range of inclusive, challenging and high-quality facilities.   

Who benefits?

To enhance four of the existing town-owned playgrounds with the commonality that they are safe and accessible to children and families of all ages and abilities, including those with physical limitations.

  • Andrews Park
  • Kelly Field
  • Mary C. Lane Playground
  • Shields Park *now in progress!*