In the May 25th Operational Update, BCH administrators announced a series of informal, monthly drop-in info sessions with Chief Administrative Officer Dick Argys to address questions about the proposed new clinical buildings at 300 Longwood and Brookline Place, and the "plans to carry green and open spaces campus-wide."
This is a chance to show up and ask questions.
What kind of outdoor space will be available in the interim of the Prouty is destroyed, and before the new building is built? Right now there stands to be a year of time where there will be none or very limited outdoor space during this interim period - detrimental to suffering families. How does BCH plan to provide adequate healing and outdoor space for children and parents during this time? How do administrators feel that the reduction in size of the main green space area in the new building benefits patients? What about lack of shade and mature shade trees on rooftop garden, as well as decreased areas of privacy? What will BCH do in 10-15 years when they must expand again? Why not explore that now?
There are many other questions regarding specific space/alternatives in the area as well as cost concerns which we hope you will think about and raise. We encourage supporters of the Prouty Garden to use these opportunities to engage in thoughtful dialogue using the myriad of information we have on our site, as well as your own deeply personal concerns and questions about the new space.
The first session is this Friday, June 3rd from noon-1 p.m. in the cafeteria conference room. According to the hospital, "All members of the Boston Children's community—and all questions—are welcome." Therefore, we encourage Prouty Garden proponents to attend to voice any concerns and ask their lingering questions.