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Lawn on D back for another season of cornhole, glow-in-the-dark swings

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Lawn on D is back for another season.
Lawn on D is back for another season.Dina Rudick/Globe Staff

Lawn on D, the popular and innovative park in South Boston, is back from the brink of closure with a full slate of events scheduled for its opening weekend later this month.

The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, which operates the park, announced Tuesday the park will open for the season on Saturday, May 21 with a children's festival from noon to 5 p.m. and a concert featuring two local bands from 7 to 10 p.m. On Sunday, visitors can enjoy a jazz brunch for $25 and a screening of the love-it-or-hate-it movie Fever Pitch on a 40-foot screen at dusk.

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The 2.7-acre park — now dubbed "the Lawn on D Powered by Citizens Bank" — will be open to the public until 10 p.m. most nights this summer. The grassy area near the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center will again feature its signature glow-in-the-dark swings and outdoor games such as cornhole, plus food and drinks from new vendor Rebel Restaurants, Inc., the company that operates Atlantic Beer Garden and Jerry Remy's Sports Bar & Grill.

Although more than 230,000 people have visited the park since its debut as an experiment in 2014, Lawn on D lost around $2.3 million in 2015. The convention center authority's board, which is controlled by Governor Charlie Baker, took a skeptical look at the red ink last year and insinuated they might shutter the park.

Officials eventually came up with a plan to partially close the financing gap with corporate sponsorships, signing a $250,000 naming-rights pact with Citizens Financial Group, Inc. They are also hoping to bring in more money by renting out the park for private events and signing up other corporate sponsors for individual events. The convention board has also considered soliciting donations and charging admission to the Lawn later this year.

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Dan Adams can be reached at dadams@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @DanielAdams86.