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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
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    Open Newbury Street

    Mayor Walsh and the City of Boston invite you to experience a car-free Newbury Street.

    On July 14, August 25, and September 15, 2019 shoppers, diners and pedestrians can explore new restaurants, local boutiques, and international brands — or rediscover your favorite Newbury Street gems on a street transformed and free of cars. Find meaning in the melodies of local musicians, challenge your friends to an outdoor game, or simply stroll along enjoying the festive atmosphere of Open Newbury Street. Celebrate Newbury Street, a uniquely treasured place in the heart of Boston.

    HOW TO GET THERE

    There are multiple MBTA stations in the vicinity of Newbury Street including Arlington, Copley and Hynes on the Green Line and Back Bay Station on the Orange Line and commuter rail. Ride your bike to Newbury Street and lock it to bike corrals stationed throughout the event. Take BlueBikes and dock at stations located throughout Back Bay. Multiple parking garages are located in the Copley Square area south of Boylston Street.

    ADDITIONAL DETAILS

    Newbury Street will be car-free from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. from Berkeley Street to Massachusetts Avenue. The intersections of Exeter Street, Fairfield Street, Gloucester Street and Hereford Street will be car-free with the remainder of the intersections open to traffic for public safety access. Parking will be restricted beginning at 5 am.

    BUSINESS PARTICIPATION

    The City of Boston encourages all businesses to take part in Open Newbury Street by activating outdoor spaces and taking advantage of the reclaimed public space. All outdoor activations are restricted only to those businesses that have brick and mortar locations on Newbury Street. If you are representing a business that is located on Newbury Street and would like set up an event outside, please fill out the online form or contact Jacob Wessel at jacob.wessel@boston.gov or 617-635-0025. We are excited to hear about what you're planning and look forward to helping make this year's Open Newbury Street days successful for your business!

    10:00am - 6:00pm
    10 Newbury Street
    Boston MA  02116
    Price:
    FREE
    Contact:
    Jacob Wessel
    Neighborhood:
    Back Bay
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    Summer Fitness series: Spinning in Roslindale

    The Cycle ‘Til You’re Blue Spin Class, sponsored by Blue Cross, takes place on July 16 and August 13 at 6 p.m.

    For information on cancellations, check Twitter at @healthyboston and @bostonparksdept. You can also call 617-534-2355.

    6:00pm
    Roslindale
    Boston MA  02131
    Price:
    FREE
    Contact:
    Parks and Recreation
    Neighborhood:
    Roslindale
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