The Coughlin Playground Grand Opening was held this week. Over the last few months the park has seen a complete renovation. Work on the park included new playground equipment, playground surfaces, trees and shrubs, basketball and hockey nets, pathways, picnic tables and benches, fencing around the basketball courts and wooden guardrail fencing around the park, a flagpole, a decorative brick area, and playground sign. In the spring, the Town plans to build a new gazebo. This complete renewal of the park would not have been possible without the help of Speaker Robert DeLeo for securing the park grant, the Town Council for supporting the project, the DPW’s hard work, and all of the donations from our generous community!
Thank you to all who braved the cold to run in our First Annual Turkey Trot 5K this past Saturday, November 29th. A very special thank you to all the Winthrop Police Officers, volunteers, and all our sponsors.
Download all runner results by category here:
Bundle up tomorrow morning and come register for the Turkey Trot 5K! The race will start at 10am from Ingleside Park & check in will be in the Middle School gym. Arrive early for your race number & t-shirt!
Special thanks to all of our Turkey Trot Sponsors! Your generosity is greatly appreciated!
MSA Mortgage, LLC
Hurley Construction & Roofing Co. Inc.
Cottage Hill Real Estate
The Sullivan DiPietrantonio Family
EZ Disposal Service, Inc.
Championship Physical Therapy
East Boston Savings Bank
Highland Real Estate
We are so pleased to announce that Winthrop resident and long time running coach Pat McGee will lead our runners on Saturday, November 29th for our Turkey Trot 5K.
Pat McGee started coaching as a volunteer at Winthrop High School in 1974. An opening came up and she was hired to be the Boys Assistant Coach for Spring and Indoor Track. Pat reflects, “This was rather unusual because no women coached boys. I was the first one!”
Pat decided she would attend as many coaching clinics as possible and found them to be very beneficial. She also notes that the male coaches at these clinics were very accepting of her.
In 1982, the Winthrop School Committee voted in Pat as the new Head Coach alongside her son Dr. Paul McGee who became the Boys Cross Country Coach. Winthrop High School had the smallest enrollment in the Northeast Conference but did well in every meet.
In 1984, Pat and her team won Winthrop their first Conference Title in 28 years. “What a great victory,” Pat proclaims.
Throughout the 1990s, her boys track teams have won Northeastern Conference championships year after year with a plethora of individual state champions.
Pat’s career of achievement has been recognized by the Massachusetts Track Coaches Hall of Fame. She has been named N.E.C. Coach of the Year, Boston Globe’s Coach of the Year and the Massachusetts Track Coach of the Year as the only woman to coach boys. She’s also been honored with the Massachusetts Women’s Award in Faneuil Hall.
We at the Winthrop Parks Committee join the town in thanking Pat McGee for her 33 years of outstanding service as the boys track coach at Winthrop High School and her continued support of all WHS athletic teams.
We hope you’ll join us on Saturday, November 29th as we run our Turkey Trot 5K behind Coach Pat McGee.
After reviewing all playground equipment bids and structures available, the Parks Committee has chosen UltiPlay for the Coughlin Park Playground.
This foot print below shows the new layout with two play structures, a climbing web, four-seat seesaw, music center, and swings.
For a more colorful look at the equipment, here are some images from the UltiPlay catalog. The large play structure:
The smaller structure from the front and back:
The four-seat seesaw at the bottom of this page:
And the music center:
UltiPlay has committed to November 3rd & 4th for installation with the rubber surface being laid the following week. We can’t wait to see this playground equipment being put to good use!