Gronk gives $1.2 million to renovate a Boston playground

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Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski hasn’t worked in Boston for more than two years. He still hasn’t forgotten the place where he got his NFL start.

Via the Associated Press, Gronk has donated $1.2 million for the renovation of the Charlesbank Playground on the Charles River Esplanade.

Gronk personally appeared on Friday to deliver the check. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker accepted the gift. He called Gronk “a big man with a big heart.”

Gronkowski spent eight nine seasons with the Patriots. He’l be entering his second year with the Buccaneers, after not playing in 2019. He deserves plenty of credit for remaining loyal to a place that embraced him.

They’ll see him again this year. On Wednesday night, we’ll find out when Gronk, Tom Brady, and the Buccaneers will be going back to New England for a game against the Patriots.

44 responses to “Gronk gives $1.2 million to renovate a Boston playground

  1. very cool move by the big guy…but 1.2 mil seems like alot for a playground..makes you wonder how much is actually going to fund the playground vs whats going into some slimy politicians pocket

  2. Gronk and Brady both still have residences in Boston so this is no surprise. Still, a great gesture by the big man.

  3. Hey touchback6, hopefully if you ever do have kids you are a lot more mature then you are now.

  4. touchback6 says:
    May 8, 2021 at 6:54 pm
    If I had kids I’d never send them to that playground……………………………Your line needs to end with you.

  5. Gronk’s a good guy, but I always have to chuckle at athletes renovating inner city properties like playgrounds and Ball fields. The reason these places are in need of repair is because they generally are run over with drug dealers and punks, especially at night. Within a year this playground will look like a dump with Graffiti and structures broken.
    I know exactly where this place is and hopefully they have armed guards around the clock or Gronk just threw his cash away.

  6. MortimerInMiami says:
    May 8, 2021 at 7:35 pm
    It saves him approx $450K in federal tax!

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    It’s the gesture not the tax windfall.

  7. 1.2 seems like a lot until you see where this playground is and what’s being renovated. It’s huge & right on the river in downtown Boston. My problem is that it doesn’t really need it. Plenty of playgrounds in Dorchester & Roxbury for underprivileged kids that could really use it. Only kids playing at this playground are from Beacon Hill and Back Bay, where the uber wealthy live.

  8. @ intrepid the esplanade is inear the wealthiest zip codes in Boston.

  9. Drunk paid to renovate that playground because he’s going to be playing their more than any of the kids. The Man Who Would Be King…Of The Big Toy.

  10. Gronk paid to renovate that playground because he’s going to be playing their more than any of the kids. The Man Who Would Be King…Of The Big Toy.

  11. Good thing Brady has been so classy after his exit.

    Brady will never be held in the same regard as Ted Williams, Russell, Orr or Bird. None of those guys made it about them ans sabotaged the team they played for over some childish and petty ego issue.

    Rodgers is at the plate as we speak.

  12. The money isn’t just for the renovation, it’s to create a trust to continue maintenance for ten years:

    “The money will also support the Esplanade Association’s costs of managing the project with DCR and create a 10-year maintenance fund for the playground.” [from a Boston.com article on the gift]

    As a Pats fan, the sourness from some “fans” is funny, but also sad. Tom and Gronk will always be welcome in New England by real fans.

  13. cletuspstillwaterjr says:
    May 8, 2021 at 6:42 pm
    Gronk and Brady both still have residences in Boston so this is no surprise. Still, a great gesture by the big man.

    I don’t know about Gronk but Brady sold his house. He doesn’t have a place in Boston anymore.

  14. @ savethebs says: I work down there. Tons of homeless and plenty of crime. Just because it’s Zipcode is near Beacon hill doesn’t make it immune. People on the Hill live in their own world and that Playground isn’t part of it.

  15. How the hell does it cost $1.2M to renovate a playground? Oh yeah. It’s in Boston.

  16. MortimerInMiami says:
    May 8, 2021 at 7:35 pm
    It saves him approx $450K in federal tax!
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    But you realize he still donated right? Lol people who don’t understand tax write offs hating online on someone doing a good deed.

  17. Best Tight end to ever play the game of football. Let the man have #69. Two teddies!!!!!!

  18. Great contribution Gronk but why in the wealthiest part of the city?

  19. @mlhigh77 says:
    May 8, 2021 at 8:29 pm
    We he be allowed to drink there and play with the kids?
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    Seems you’ve got a head start!

  20. For anyone one that says this saves Gronk $450K on taxes and that is why he is doing it. Don’t you realize he is donating $1.2 million, even though he’ll get a tax deduction, he is still out of pocket $750K when all is said and done. Well done Gronk, you are one of the good guys!

  21. …and just like that, all of a sudden, I don’t think Gronk is a COMPLETE tool. Good on him.

  22. Great jesture on Gronk’s part. There is also nothing wrong with pointing out that the state/city could have picked a playground that is in greater need than one close to Beacon Hill.

  23. MortimerInMiami says:
    May 8, 2021 at 7:35 pm
    It saves him approx $450K in federal tax!

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    So he still spent $1.2M to “save” $450k…. do you think he somehow made $$$ on this?

  24. The Pats home field advantage will be very slight the day Tampa comes to town.

  25. I’m not a Gronk, city of Boston or Patriots fan, but it’s hard to see what’s bad about this story. Good for him.

  26. $1.2 million for a playground….are the swings and jungle gym going be made in 14k gold?

  27. Gronk is an absolute meathead. But it’s hard to fault the guy for donating his own money for a playground. Especially, when you got people like Brett Farve refusing to pay back 600k he stole from Mississippi’s state welfare dept for an appearance he didn’t make.

  28. Why would anyone bash this guy for such a nice gesture. I don’t understand some of you.

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