Roslindale/West Roxbury neighborhood guide: Do
Roslindale Farmers Market
There is no happier place on Earth—well, at least in the Parkway—than the farmer's market in Adams Park on summer weekends. Dozens of local vendors showcase their wares, from flowers to fresh beef to fruit and vegetables, right in the heart of Roslindale Village. Most of the eats are so fresh that shoppers often curl up on the grass for an impromptu picnic. There are also musical performances, clowns, artists and other entertainment to keep any accompanying kids occupied.
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You wouldn't think that a park built up on a former landfill could be so picturesque, or such a central part of the community, but Millennium Park is just that. The expansive space is home to many youth athletic games and playgrounds, and its paths (with splendid views of downtown) attract dog walkers, joggers and bikers. The park also offers access to the Charles River—bring your own kayak or canoe and, as you launch into the water, you'll almost forget that you're in the city at all.
Boston Artisan Market/Kalembar Dune
This consortium on Spring Street brings together independent local artists peddling unique, handcrafted wares. Drop in any weekend and peruse exquisite jewelry, fragrant soaps, eclectic paintings and more. Organizer Shirley Walsh also owns vintage store Kalembar Dune next door. While you're in the area, don't miss her collection of antique furniture, home décor, costume jewelry and other assorted baubles.
Jim Roche Community Ice Arena
Who needs to see Disney on Ice when you can get in on the action yourself? Gather a group of friends, strap on some skates and join the local kiddies at this ice rink located on the VFW Parkway. Overseen by the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the rink offers skating instruction, a snack shop and prime real estate for birthday parties.
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