Updating the seven-year open space plan
The Open Space and Recreation Plan will provide an overview of what's going on in Boston's park system right now and then proposes actions for the next seven years.
In this context, acquisition is used to describe either:
- the process of transferring ownership of a parcel to Parks and Recreation, and/or
- the process of creating open space on a parcel.
This term is used interchangeably with "parks". It can describe permanently protected and publicly accessible:
- urban wilds and conservation lands
- places with sports and other recreational opportunities
- landscaped areas with seating
Vacant lots and buildings are not considered open space, nor are streets and sidewalks.
Parcel is a real estate term describing an area of land owned by someone. There's an invisible line that denotes ownership and tax liability. This term is used interchangeably with "property." Often, multiple parcels can make up a park. For instance, Franklin Park is made up of a group of parcels that function as one continuous park. Sometimes only a portion of a parcel is devoted to a park.PROTECTION:
Protection is a legal method to constrain types of development on a parcel, regardless of ownership, that conflict with its use as an open space. There are varying degrees of protection that affect:
- how long protection is in place, and
- what can happen on the parcel, and where.
The Parks and Recreation Department advocates for permanently protected and publicly accessible parcels. We want the public to have access to open space forever.
2015-2021 Open Space and Recreation Plan2015-2021
- SECTION 0 - ACKNOWLEDGMENTS, TABLE OF CONTENTS
- SECTION 1 - EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
- SECTION 2 - INTRODUCTION
- SECTION 3 - COMMUNITY SETTING
- SECTION 4 - ENVIRONMENTAL INVENTORY AND ANALYSIS
- SECTION 5 - INVENTORY OF LANDS OF CONSERVATION AND RECREATION INTEREST
- SECTION 6 - COMMUNITY VISION
- SECTION 7.1 - ANALYSIS OF NEEDS: RESOURCE PROTECTION
- SECTION 7.2 - ANALYSIS OF NEEDS: COMMUNITY OPEN SPACE & RECREATION
- SECTION 7.2.1: ALLSTON-BRIGHTON
- SECTION 7.2.11: MISSION HILL
- SECTION 7.2.12: ROSLINDALE
- SECTION 7.2.13: ROXBURY
- SECTION 7.2.14: SOUTH BOSTON
- SECTION 7.2.15: SOUTH END
- SECTION 7.2.16: WEST ROXBURY
- SECTION 7.3 - ANALYSIS OF NEEDS: OPEN SPACE SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT
- SECTION 8 - GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
- SECTION 9 - SEVEN-YEAR ACTION PLAN
- SECTION 10 - PUBLIC COMMENTS
- SECTION 11 - REFERENCES