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City Hall gets a free sunscreen dispenser

For the downtown sunbathers.Councillor Matt O’Malley

If you can’t wait for the city to roll out sunscreen dispensers at public parks, you can always take a stroll over to City Hall.

Boston’s first free automatic sunscreen dispenser appeared inside the municipal building Thursday, after members of the Melanoma Foundation and Make Big Change visited there to advocate for a larger effort to bring the devices to outdoor spots frequented by residents and visitors.

Councilor Matt O’Malley last month filed a proposal for the city to consider installing similar dispensers at 220 of Boston’s parks and playgrounds. He posted a photo of the City Hall dispenser on Twitter Thursday, urging people to swing by and test it out.


“I already applied it once today,” O’Malley said.

O’Malley pegged the cost of dispensers at $210 per unit, and said it would cost about $46,000 to buy one for each of Boston’s parks and playgrounds. But he’s hoping that the Melanoma Foundation and Make Big Change could help underwrite the pilot project.

Steve Annear can be reached at steve.annear@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @steveannear.