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Children's Winter Festival 2020

The Children's Winter Festival returns to the Boston Common!

Looking for some fun & free activities during BPS February school vacation week?

Join us on Thursday, February 20th from 11 a.m - 2 p.m on the Boston Common for our annual Children's Winter Festival! Hosted by Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Parks & Recreation Department in partnership with the Highland Street Foundation, this is the perfect afternoon activity for kids of all ages.

This year's festival will feature music, giveaways, various winter attractions, treats, crafts and much more! This event is FREE and open to all. Make sure to dress warmly!

Attractions include:

  • a 45-foot-long Toboggan Tunnel mountainous adventure
  • Snow Mazing maze
  • Snowzilla Jr., an inflatable winter-themed slide
  • a three-car Trackless Train
  • hands-on games including Giant Connect4, Baggo, Giant Horseshoes, Inflatable Skee Ball, and much more.
  • L.L. Bean's Bootmobile will be on-site for a photo-op and their Outdoor Discovery Program team will offer sledding and snowshoeing (weather permitting) or a Maps and Compass Challenge if there is no snow.
  • Free giveaways from Disney's Frozen 2 and a chance to win a copy of the movie
  • XFINITY is providing a vintage 1960s Volkswagen bus converted to a photo bus, so bring your best pose and let XFINITY’s Photobus take your group’s photo.
  • The Magic 106.7 street team will be there with giveaways
  • Additionally, there will be activities with the Girl Scouts of Eastern MA, the Mayor’s Mural Crew, the New England Aquarium, a family Zumba class, and hot tea from DAVIDsTEA.

For more information, please call the Boston Parks & Recreation Department at 617-635-4505 or visit Boston.gov/Parks

11:00am - 2:00pm
Boston Common
Parade Ground (Corner of Beacon & Charles Street)
Boston MA  02111
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Nora Doherty
Neighborhood:
Allston
Back Bay
Bay Village
Beacon Hill
Brighton
Charlestown
Chinatown/Leather District
Citywide
Dorchester
Downtown
East Boston
Fenway/Kenmore
Hyde Park
Jamaica Plain
Mattapan
Mission Hill
North End
Roslindale
Roxbury
South Boston
South End
West End
West Roxbury
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Franklin Park Master Plan Community Workshop #1

Join us for our first Community Workshop about the future of Franklin Park!

For over a century, Franklin Park has been a lively and beloved center of recreation, gathering, and discovery for the Boston community. Now, with newly allocated park funds, the City of Boston is planning ahead for the park’s next century!

Over the next 18 months, the City of Boston is partnering with a team of landscape architects, planners, ecologists, and community engagement experts to create a master plan for an engaging and diverse Franklin Park. 

Our work will build on previous planning efforts and improvements by the City and its partners. We look forward to building on these successes and incorporating even more feedback. It’s your opportunity to help shape the future of the park and connections to the surrounding neighborhoods.

Come to our Community Workshop on January 28, between 6 - 8 p.m. at the William J. Devine Golf Course Clubhouse at Franklin Park. Can’t make it? Share your thoughts on the Master Plan website, or sign up for project updates!

*Snow date: January 30, 6 - 8 p.m.

6:00pm - 8:00pm
1 Circuit Drive
William J. Devine Golf Course at Franklin Park
Boston MA  02121
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Boston Parks & Recreation
Neighborhood:
Dorchester
Jamaica Plain
Mattapan
Roslindale
Roxbury
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Grimke Sisters Bridge dedication

Thanks to everyone who attended the Grimke Sisters Bridge naming in Hyde Park.

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It was a crisp, sunny morning, and filled with Hyde Park neighbors, folks from Boston Women's Heritage Trail, Suffrage 100 MA, Hyde Park Main Streets, and Hyde Park Historic Society. Thanks to our speakers:

  • Mayor Walsh
  • City Councillor Tim McCarthy
  • Barbra Lee (Founder and President, Barbara Lee Family Foundation)
  • Catherine Allgor (President, Massachusetts Historical Society), and
  • Elisa Birdseye (Curator, Hyde Park Historical Society).

We enjoyed special guest Coline Jenkins, great-great-granddaughter of suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Special thanks to the Public Works Department for making this bridge a reality.

10:30am
58 Dana Avenue
Hyde Park MA  02136
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Ami Bennitt
Neighborhood:
Hyde Park
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Unveiling of the Jamaica Pond Pathways project

Join Mayor Walsh and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department for the unveiling of the Jamaica Pond Pathways Project and a special dedication to the late Jamaica Plain community activist Christine Cooper.

Come see the $4.77 million in improvements to the pathways and perimeter of Jamaica Pond, including increased accessibility, new benches, newly planted trees, exercise equipment, upgrades to pathways and entrances, and improved drainage to protect water quality.

After the speaking program make sure to stick around for a walking tour of the pond with members of the project design team who can further explain all the exciting improvements!

12:00pm
507 Jamaicaway
Jamaica Plain MA  02130
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Liz Sullivan
Neighborhood:
Jamaica Plain
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2019 Copley Square Tree Lighting

Please join us in celebrating our annual tree lighting at Copley Square.

Weather Update Monday, December 2, 2019 at 9:30 a.m.: We are still on for tonight's tree lighting in Copley Square, with a shortened program due to the inclement weather. We will light the tree promptly at 5 p.m. and families are invited to the Fairmont Copley Plaza immediately afterward (approximately 5:10 p.m.)  for treats, activities, and photos with Santa.

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department, and The Friends of Copley Square welcome the holidays with the annual Copley Square Tree Lighting on Monday, December 2, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Fairmont Copley Plaza will host a family reception immediately following for all in attendance.  The reception will include cookie decorating, photos with Santa, and treats from the Fairmont Copley Plaza.

For additional information, please call the Boston Parks and Recreation Department at 617-635-4505.  To learn more, about The Friends of Copley Square, please visit their website.

5:00pm
560 Boylston Street
Boston MA  02116
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Boston Parks and Recreation Department
Neighborhood:
Back Bay
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Boston's Día de Muertos Celebration

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Alberto Fierro, Consul General of Mexico in Boston, invite you to attend the second annual citywide Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) Celebration in Copley Square.

Marigolds, with their bright orange color and scent, are thought to guide the spirits home. The City of Boston's citywide Dia de Muertos altar in Copley Square will contain 1,000 pots of marigolds, grown from seed and tended to since August by the Boston Parks Department Horticulture Unit.

We invite you to send us photos of your loved ones to be displayed on the altar at Copley Square Fountain. And, of course, we hope you will join us in Copley Square on November 1 and 2 to celebrate Dia de Muertos and those whose memories we keep alive.

We are grateful for the help of:
  • Lena Park Fab Lab in crafting papel picado
  • the good folks of Morgan Memorial for contributing hundreds of photo frames, and
  • the hundreds of Bostonians (near and far) who have contributed photos and memories to make the City of Boston’s ofrenda so special. 
11:00am - 9:00pm
560 Boylston Street
Boston MA  02116
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Elizabeth O'Brien
Neighborhood:
Citywide
Allston
Back Bay
Bay Village
Beacon Hill
Brighton
Charlestown
Chinatown/Leather District
Dorchester
Downtown
East Boston
Fenway/Kenmore
Hyde Park
Jamaica Plain
Mattapan
Mission Hill
North End
Roslindale
Roxbury
South Boston
South End
West End
West Roxbury
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Garvey Park groundbreaking

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Boston Parks and Recreation Commissioner Ryan Woods will join local residents and sports leagues at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, September 30, to break ground on improvements to Garvey Park.

    The celebration marks the beginning of a $5 million dollar, single-phase project. The project includes $785,000 of funding from the Community Preservation Act and a partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation specifically for accessibility and a dog park.

    Among the planned improvements: 
    • Space for street hockey, basketball, flag football, men's and women's lacrosse, Babe Ruth senior baseball
    • Two play areas for ages 2-5 and 5-12
    • A seating area and shade structure
    • Viewing terrace at the field house
    • Dog park, accessible entrances
    • Walking loop
    • Water cooling area
    • Lighting for the playing fields (street hockey and basketball)
    • Scoreboard (field and street hockey)
    4:30pm
    340 Neponset Avenue
    Dorchester MA  02122
    Price:
    FREE
    Contact:
    Liz Sullivan
    Neighborhood:
    Dorchester
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    Clifford Park community meeting

    We invite Roxbury neighbors and Clifford Park users to provide feedback on proposed designs for the park.

    Please join us for the third in a series of community meetings. We look forward to sharing design concepts and hearing what you have to say.

    For more information, please call Liz Sullivan at the Boston Parks and Recreation Department at 617-635-7236, or email liz.sullivan@boston.gov.

    6:00pm
    339 Dudley Street
    Senior Room
    Boston MA  02119
    Price:
    FREE
    Contact:
    Liz Sullivan
    Neighborhood:
    Roxbury
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    Parkman Playground opening

    Join Mayor Martin J. Walsh and local residents for the unveiling of over $1.7 million in improvements at Parkman Playground in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Jamaica Plain.  Refreshments provided by HP Hood. 

    Dating back to 1924, the revitalized Francis Parkman Playground was renovated by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department with site improvements including an inclusive play structure and springers for children ages 2 to 5, a larger inclusive climbing structure for ages 5 to 12 and amenities including a dish swing, embankment slide, exercise station, drinking bottle filler, splash pad with runnel, picnic shelter, and a trike loop/mini basketball hoop area. Other improvements include new fencing, site furniture, LED lighting, trees, and plantings.

    11:00am
    58 Wachusett Street
    Jamaica Plain MA  02130
    Price:
    FREE
    Contact:
    Parks Department
    Neighborhood:
    Jamaica Plain
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    As You Were concert at Boston City Hall

    Please join Mayor Walsh and the United States Army on Saturday, August 10, at 7 p.m. for the band, As You Were.

    The U.S. Army’s national touring pop-rock band As You Were is comprised of active-duty soldiers. They play approximately 230 shows yearly across the country at high schools, colleges, and music festivals.

    Performances include covers of top 40 music and original songs from the band’s brand new album, scheduled for release this summer.

    7:00pm - 9:00pm
    1 City Hall Square
    Boston MA  02201
    Price:
    FREE
    Contact:
    Tourism, Sports, and Entertainment
    Neighborhood:
    Downtown
    Event Type:
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