Boston residents and visitors alike can help chart the future of the Boston Common by participating in a Boston Common Master Plan Open House at the Josiah Quincy School Auditorium in Chinatown.
Sponsored by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and the Friends of the Public Garden, the Open House is part of a comprehensive engagement process that has already included nearly 6,000 people participating in various ways: surveys, pop-ups, and an initial Open House in October 2019.
As "America’s First Public Park" and an oasis in downtown Boston, Boston Common is one of the most treasured green spaces in the world. The goal of the Master Plan is to create a Common that will serve the people of Boston and visitors alike while protecting this special place for decades to come.
During this second open house, the attendees will have the opportunity to:
- Hear an overview of the Boston Common Master Plan project
- Receive an update on the work that has been accomplished
- Hear a summary of extensive public feedback to date
- Hear a discussion about user needs and infrastructure needs
- Consider initial concepts for improving the Common
- Learn about next steps in the Master Plan process
The Open House format will include a slideshow presentation, question and answer period, and an opportunity for active participation within small breakout groups. The slideshow presentation will be made available on the Boston Common Master Plan project website. You’ll also find a link to the user survey, which closes on December 31, 2019. We need your voice at this important open house. Your continued participation is crucial in planning the brightest future for Boston Common.
Over the past several months, project proponents have been deeply engaged in a conversation about the future of Boston Common and the level of engagement has been significant:
- 4,340 people have completed the online user survey
- Nearly 1,200 people have engaged in constructive dialogue at 10 “Mini Common” pop-up events held in neighborhoods around the city
- 140 people attended the first Open House on October 29, 2019 to generously share their observations, hopes and aspirations for this iconic park
The entrance for the meeting is located at the corner of Arlington Street and Marginal Road. The event is accessible via the Tufts Medical Center station on the MBTA Orange Line. Off-street parking is available on a first come, first served basis.
Interpretation and translation services are available to you at no cost. If you are attending this event and need these services, please contact Laura Cawley at the Boston Parks and Recreation Department at Laura.Cawley@boston.gov or 617-961-3013.