Boston Children's opens 8,000-square-foot rooftop green space to replace garden

Boston Children's Hospital closed its Prouty Garden in 2016 to make room for a new patient tower, but opened a rooftop garden May 14, according to The Boston Globe.  

The 8,000-square-foot space is a modern garden atop the hospital's main building that offers views of Boston's skyline and is the first green space the hospital is opening as part of its $1 billion expansion. Boston Children's also plans to build two indoor gardens, another rooftop garden and a ground-level garden.

Many patients and staffers decried the closure of Prouty Garden, but the new space has received positive feedback from people who have toured it.

"It's beautiful, and I think it will be great for patients and families who are able to get out here and get some fresh air," Elaine Feibelman, an ICU nurse at Boston Children's, told The Boston Globe.

The garden was designed to accommodate children in wheelchairs and those with weak immune systems, as the mulch is made from recycled rubber, which is safe for patients with allergies.

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