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Improvements to Harambee Park

Last updated: 2/2/17

Improvements to Harambee Park

Franklin Field

| Park Established 1892 |

Multi-phased park renovation project that will include a new playground on the west side of the park, pathway, and lighting improvements.

A photo of Harambee Park in Roxbury

Harambee Park, formerly Franklin Field, is 45 acres of active recreational use. The park contains basketball courts, cricket pitches, multi-purpose soccer and lacrosse fields, a football field, little league field and play spaces. Boston Parks and Recreation completed a master plan in early 2016 which retains the existing recreational uses, re-orients the fields for optimum solar orientation, adds pathways with pedestrian lighting, and introduces a new play area on the west side of the park along Blue Hill Avenue. Construction of Phase 1 (the new play space, basketball courts, and entrances) begins in 2017.

Harambee Park Master Plan - Preferred Option
    Still have questions? Contact:
    Parks and Recreation
    1010 Massachusetts Avenue
    3rd Floor
    Boston, MA 02118
    United States
    Project location:
    Harambee Park
    930 Blue Hill Avenue
    Project contact:

    Cathy Baker-Eclipse

    Project Information:
    • Project status: Design
    • Construction budget: $3,000,000
    • Project features: Basketball, passive use, playground, water play
    • Consultant: Weston & Sampson Engineers, Inc.
    • Contractor: To be determined

    Community meetings

    We place information on upcoming and previous meetings in the public notices section of We'll update this page with new meeting information as we get it.

    Previous meetings:
    • Harambee Park Phase 1 Community Meeting #3 (Jan 25, 2017)
    • Harambee Park Phase 1 Community Meeting #2 (October 27, 2016)
    • Harambee Park Phase 1 Community Meeting #1 (September 21, 2016)
    • Harambee Park Master Plan Community Meeting #3 (February 23, 2016)
    • Harambee Park Master Plan Community Meeting #2 (October 28, 2015)
    • Harambee Park Master Plan Community Meeting #1 (June 3, 2015)

    Harambee Park Master Plan Study

    Master Plan Study

    A Master Plan was drafted in 2015 to inform future phases park improvements. A preferred site plan option was developed with community input and an eye to future open space need.