Move over, Lawn on the D. There are Pints on The Patios. Puppies. A Pop-up Ice Cream Shop.
In the latest effort to enliven the brick expanse outside City Hall, officials and organizers announced plans Thursday for “The Patios” — a public gathering spot on City Hall Plaza that will, starting next month, feature a brew yard, a creamery, and mini-golf stations, flanked by nine different patio areas with decorated greenery.
“We’re excited to welcome the next round of family-friendly and fun activations to City Hall Plaza as the weather continues to get warmer here in Boston,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh in a statement.
Festival organizers, led by the Boston Garden Development Corporation, “have shown the potential in making the plaza a downtown destination for all,” Walsh said.
The patio, sponsored by Berkshire Bank and designed in collaboration with Boston artist Jeff Smith, will debut May 4.
Smith, a sculptor and filmmaker, is known for building the “Smallest House in the World.” The Patios will feature an art installation entryway, and a patio design made of local, reclaimed wood.
The attraction will include a Wachusett Brewing Company BrewYard, Honeycomb Creamery pop-up station, and mini-golf stations, and will have coverage in cases of rain.
In addition to daily programming, weekly pop-ups will appear at The Patios throughout the summer, such as a visit by puppies on “Wag Wednesdays.”
That event is in partnership with Schultz’s Guest House, a dog rescue based in Dedham, and will offer information on pet adoptions.
Wachusett’s brewyard will open at 4 p.m. during the week and 11 a.m. on weekends, and will rotate its selections on tap. The brewing company has set up pop-up tents on City Hall Plaza during past summers, but this year it will help anchor the attraction.
The Patio marks the latest foray from Boston Garden Development Corporation, which is midway through a three-year contract with the city to promote festivities on City Hall Plaza. (As part of the deal, Boston Garden pays the city a $175,000 host fee.)
In the 2016-17 winter, Boston Garden Development began organizing a Boston Winter festival with a holiday market and ice skating rink.
In the spring, organizers have laid artificial turf and picnic tables for people to enjoy on the plaza.
However, the Patio would mark the most extensive summer attraction so far to hit City Plaza in recent efforts to make it a gathering place.
The attraction could rival Lawn on the D, the public attraction by the South Boston Waterfront that promotes interactive events and programs.Milton J. Valencia can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @miltonvalencia.