Tuesday, June 18, 2013
The city of Boston was ranked third in the United States for overall park access and amenities, according to a new national ranking.
Bostonians regularly enjoy their parks, whether it's large like Boston Common or small like Charlestown's Eden Park. But according to new national rankings, Boston's parks are some of the best in the country. Boston's parks were ranked third in the United States by the Trust for Public Land, tying with San Francisco and Sacramento, and coming in just shy of Minneapolis and New York City. The ranking report used mapping technology and demographic data to determine how well the 50 largest cities in the United States are meeting the need for parks, including how much access citizens have to parks and park amenities. “We are proud of the fact that Boston has so many easily accessible parks and welcome the recognition,” Mayor Thomas Menino …
Monday, June 17, 2013
The Boston Parks and Recreation Department has placed 24 experimental traps to fight the tree-destroying elm bark beetles.
The city of Boston is expanding its beetle-fighting program to help stop the spread of the nasty elm bark beetle that threatens to destroy trees in the city's parks. The Boston Parks and Recreation Department has placed 24 traps in location around the Emerald Necklace and Copley Square to help stop the spread of the beetle. The program first started last year. This year, six traps have been placed on Boston Common, five in the Public Garden, five in the Fenway Victory Garden, five on side streets along Commonwealth Avenue Mall, two along the Muddy River, and one in Copley Square. This doubles last year’s placement of a dozen traps. The traps consist of 18.5-by-28-foot green plywood boxes mounted approximately 15 feet off the ground on …
Monday, June 10, 2013
The event brings free arts, culture and enrichment to city residents.
Coming up later this week in the Fenway neighborhood is the annual Rose Garden Party, a fundraiser for the city's Parks and Recreation Department. The event will run from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Kelleher Rose Garden, 73 Park Drive, featuring food and refreshments, musical entertainment, a silent auction, live art demostration and hat contest in the garden of more than 1,000 different types of roses. Frank Costantino and Paul McMahan will paint en plein air, and their “fresh paint” pieces will then be auctioned live. Other highlights of the auction include: There will also be a raffle for a 14-carat rose-gold pendant donated by DePrisco Diamond Jewelers and designed exclusively for the Rose Garden Party with a round full cut diamond center on …
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The city has launched a new online questionnaire designed to preserve open space and develop parks.
What makes a park great? Is it the amount of open space, the prevalence of natural features, shade trees, trails, benches, gardens or playgrounds? Is it a community gardenor a nice space with benches? Does it look like City Square, John Harvard Mall or another site in Charlestown? The city of Boston has begun its effort to plan for the preservation of open space and the development of parks through 2021 and wants input from residents through a new online questionnaire. The planning process will consider all of Boston's public spaces including parks, playgrounds, squares, malls, community gardens, cemeteries, trails and harbor islands, and consider demographics and socio-economic trends and how they fit into park use, officials said. …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The Metropolitan Area Planning Council is hosting a Brown Bag Lunch with an update on the Hubway bike share program and details about a new Web application that connects residents to the region's green spaces.
The Metropolitan Area Planning Council will present an update on the Hubway bike share program and introduce a new Web app that helps connect residents to the many parks and open spaces available in Greater Boston during a Brown Bag Lunch event on Thursday. “As Hubway’s third season gets rolling, we will take a look back at the results of the first two seasons. Does Hubway make it easier for people to get around? Are Metro-Boston residents getting more exercise because of Hubway? Who is using Hubway, and who isn’t? We will look at these questions and more, including the environmental and economic impact of Hubway, and whether Hubway is making the Boston region more bike-friendly,” MAPC said in a press release about the event, which will be…
Monday, May 13, 2013
The annual event was sponsored by Mayor Menino and the Boston Parks Department and provided free refreshments, resources and flowers to Charlestown residents.
Mayor Tom Menino wasn't able to make the Mayor's Neighborhood Coffee Hour on Friday, May 10 at Charlestown's John Harvard Mall park, but residents were still able to enjoy a beautiful morning outdoors, along with free refreshments and coffee. At the event sponsored by the Mayor's Office and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, Boston Parks and Rec Commissioner Toni Pollak and the mayor's Chief of Public Property Mike Galvin welcomed the large group of Charlestown residents and discussed some of the resources available to residents interested in learning more about the city's park system. Whole Foods provided fresh fruit and Dunkin' Donuts provided coffee and doughnuts for local residents, while Parks and Recreation staff handed out …
Friday, May 3, 2013
The mayor will be at Charlestown's John Harvard Mall on May 10.
Mayor Thomas M. Menino and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department will host the 15th annual Neighborhood Coffee Hour Series in local parks citywide from May 8 to June 3. The Charlestown meetup will be held Friday, May 10 at John Harvard Mall, 29 Harvard St. from 9:30-10:30 a.m. The Neighborhood Coffee Hours give residents an opportunity to speak directly with the mayor about open space and other needs in their neighborhoods. Through these one-on-one discussions and a suggestion box at each site, Menino looks forward to hearing how the City of Boston can improve upon local parks, public areas, and city services. All participants will enjoy coffee and breakfast treats provided by Dunkin’ Donuts and fresh fruit from Whole Foods Market…
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Students from Clarence R. Edwards Middle School visited the Boston Parks and Recreation Department offices in Roxbury on Tuesday.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Boston Parks Commissioner Antonia Pollak welcomed a group of sixth-graders from the Clarence R. Edwards Middle School in Charlestown to the Boston Parks and Recreation Department offices in Roxbury for a presentation on Dec. 11. The students created a clay and paper model showing suggested improvements to a local park including a dog park, outdoor spa, swimming pool, lake, bridge, bowling, rock wall, and golf. Pollak noted that the actual park in question is slated for renovation in the near future and invited the youngsters to take part in the planning process.