With Myrtle the Turtle now temporarily clothed in a blue tarp, the Boston Parks Department reports it is has asked an outside design firm to design a more permanent shady thing to keep the statue from becoming a kid-burning heat trap again.
Parents began complaining last week that the new turtle - which the Beacon Hill Garden Club paid "Make Way for Ducklings" sculptor Nancy Schon to create - was getting so hot in the sun it was burning the kids it was designed for.
The department today officially closed 311 complaints about the unfortunate effect of putting a metal sculpture in the middle of the playground with no shade with this note:
The Parks Dept. appreciates your concern regarding the new turtle feature. We have placed temporary signage in the park warning of the dangers of hot equipment in sunlight and plan on placing permanent signage. Because of the level of concern expressed by playground users, we have one of our playground design firms currently designing a shade structure for the turtle. A temporary covering is being placed over the turtle until the permanent improvements can be put in place. If you have any questions, please contact our Design and Construction Division.