BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 3 9999 03290 962 2 I Parks & Recreation BmA-ow/ ANNUAL REPORT 19 Co- The Tradition Continues Boston Parks: A Chronology. 1634 Boston Common became the nation's first public open space. 1822 City charter affirmed that the Common and Public Garden could never be sold without a vote of the people of Boston. 1875 The Park Act of 1875 prompted a public dis- cussion about establishing a comprehen- sive park system in Boston. 1877 The first swanboats were launched on the Public Garden Lagoon by Robert Paget. 1878 The Boston Park Commission hired Fred- erick Law Olmsted as the Commission's chief landscape architect. Olmsted pro- ceeded to shape the system of parks even- tually called the Emerald Necklace. 1880 Olmsted and Charles Sprague Sargeant designed the Arnold Arboretum, which became part of the park system through an arrangement with Harvard University. 1895 When Olmsted retired in 1895, the 1,000 acre Emerald Necklace was largely com- plete. The Fens, Muddy River, Jamaica Pond and Arnold Arboretum were connected by tree-lined carriage roads, called parkways, producing an integrated park system, the first of its kind in the United States. The City of Boston passed a playground act to provide a playground in each of the city's 22 wards. 1933 Roosevelt's New Deal programs had a pro- found effect on parks throughout the coun- try. In Boston, Mayor James Michael Curley built scores of new ballfields, tennis courts, and recreational facilities. 1934 A large celebration marked the Boston Common tercentenary. 1982 A tax reform bill — Proposition 2 V2 — greatly reduced the Parks Department and impaired maintenance, repairs, and recrea- tion in the city's 192 parks and playgrounds. 1985 The Historic Burying Grounds Initiative was established to restore Boston's 16 historic cemeteries, which date from 1630 to 1841. 1986 Mayor Raymond L. Flynn's five year capital improvement plan, "Rebuilding Boston," committed $99 million for the restoration of Boston's parks. 1988 The parks attracted record numbers of Bos- ton residents and visitors. Over 180,000 people took advantage of summer program- ming, including concerts, nature walks, fit- ness activities, and sports. Credits Aimee Boden, Director of Marketing Writer/Editor: Michael P. Quinlin Typesetting: Graphic Typesetting Printing: City of Boston Printing Section Photographs Boston Public Library Print Department (Front Cover, i, 6) Michael Finkle (i, v, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 (top), 12, 14, 17, 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 31, 32, 33 (bottom), 35) Grazina Sakalas (ii, iii, 36, 37, Back Cover) Steven Stanziani (iv, 11 (bottom), 13, 19, 27, 33 (top)) Front Cover: Boston Public Garden Skating, February 17, 1923 Boston Public Garden Skating, January 6, 1989 Children play in the shade a[ McKinney Playground in Brighton, August, 1988. (Top) Kids pose at Charlesbank playground, Boston 's first riverside park, 1905. (Bottom) The Tradition Continues Table of Contents. Letter from Mayor Flynn Report From The Commissioner PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT Open Space Planning Master Planning/Management Plans Physically Challenged Users Tot Lots Historic Burying Grounds Initiative PROGRAMMING AND RECREATION Going to Bat for Kids Sail Away Staffed Parks Free Concerts Boston Park Partners Off Season and Special Events MAINTENANCE AND HORTICULTURE 12 Organizational Improvements Capital Improvement Projects Turf Maintenance Ballfield Prep. Trees Horticulture ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE 14 Budget and Expense Tracking Contract Management Personnel Computerization Purchasing The 99 Steps in The Wilderness area of Franklin Park, Summer, REGIONAL ADMINISTRATION Annual Summary of Administrator Activities Park Partners Bilingual Programs Field Houses Accountability REGION I REGION II REGION III REGION IV OLMSTED REGION Boston Common Public Garden Commonwealth Avenue Mall Park Partners Olmsted Crew Roxbury Community College APPENDICES Financial Data Capital Improvements Sports Programs Boston Park Rangers Advisors Public/Private Partnerships Boston Park Partners Publications 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 The 99 Steps in The Wilderness area of Franklin Park, Winter, 1988. Park Commission Back Inside Cover /// CITY OF BOSTON • MASSACHUSETTS OFFICE OF THE MAYOR RAYMOND L. FLYNN Dear Friend: Boston is proud of its open space and natural beauty. It is one reason people choose to live here and raise their families. The Boston Parks and Recreation Department has made great strides to restore Boston's parks to a new level of excellence. With the help of neighborhood groups, the business community, other city and state agencies, and open space advocates, we have brought more than grass and trees back to our parks — we have brought people and life back to them as well. By having input into how parks are run, people have a sense of pride and ownership that comes with taking responsibility for their neighborhood. Year Two of Boston's five year capital improvement plan "Rebuilding Boston" is completed. The $99 million program to upgrade the entire parks system has produced noticeable results. New facilities and extensive improve- ments are being supported by aggressive maintenance, community group activities, and creative programs in educa- tion and recreation for Boston residents year round. I believe that clean, safe, active parks have a positive effect on inner city life. They provide an alternative to the temptations that can afflict our youth: substance abuse, teen violence, vandalism, and crime. With the right blend of programming, outreach, and community input, the Parks Department has demonstrated that city youngsters respond positively to messages of hope and opportunity. New programs like "Sox Talk" and "ParkLink," described in this Report, use role models to teach children that respect, hard work, and individual responsibility can help young people control the direction of their lives, and that drugs, violence, and dropping out of school only lead to trouble. Part of Boston's great legacy is its park system. The recent improvements are a signal that the traditions which Boston values are in good hands. In 1988, Boston's parks sent a positive message, a tribute to the hard work and cooperation evident in Boston today. As the efforts of the community, Parks staff, businesses, and open space groups continue to bear fruit, Boston's parks will continue to play a central role in the city's well-being. •) Sincerely, a Raymond L. Flynn Mayor IV Report from the Commissioner. If 1987 was the year to begin to rebuild Boston's parks system, 1988 was the year to let the public know that Boston's parks — always an important part of our tradition — have never been better. Our goal in 1988 was to bring people back to the parks, and the enthusiasm with which they returned surpassed our expectations. In summer 1988 180,000 people enjoyed 30,000 hours of park activities — 275 events, including free concerts, sports, nature tours, staffed playgrounds, classes, fitness and health and recreation. People playing in, enjoying and utilizing the parks continues Boston's great tradition of valuing its open spaces, natural beauty, and recreational facilities. A turn of the century guidebook to Boston states "No other city in the United States has shown greater generosity than Boston in providing such utilities for the public through parks, public baths, and gymnasia; it has been a pioneer in this branch of municipal activities." The satisfaction of overseeing the present restoration of Boston's parks lies in preserving important traditions that define Boston's character. Time honored traditions such as ice skating on the Public Garden and Boston Common, the kite festival in Franklin Park, Mother's Day in the Public Garden, and the Christmas tree lighting on the Boston Common are all public events that bring Boston residents and visitors together for common celebrations of civic pride. Satisfaction comes from seeing the tangible results of so much hard work and cooperation among community groups, the business community, and government agencies. Under the leadership of Mayor Flynn, diverse groups have transcended differences to work together for mutual goals. The enthusiasm conveyed in the 1988 Annual Report should not imply that the Parks Department is resting on its laurels. The momentum we generated in 1988 must be carried into the 1990s, until every park under Mayor Flynn's five year capital improvement program is complete. With maintenance and programming systems in place, Boston's parks will strive to be the best park system in the country, as envisioned by its original planners and advocates. William B. Coughlin Commissioner Planning and Development. "For crowded populations to live in health and happiness, they must have space for air, for light, for exercise, for rest, and for the enjoyment of that peace- ful beauty of nature which, because it is the opposite of the noisy ugliness of the town, is so refreshing to the tired souls of townspeople." Charles Eliot Boston Metropolitan Park Report, 1893 Working hand in hand with archi- tects and designers, community activists, and the Office of Capital Planning, the Planning and Develop- ment unit continued to move forward with Mayor Flynn's five year capital plan "Rebuilding Boston." Year Two of this $99 million plan was con- structed in 1988, as $7.3 million was allocated to capital improvements, 48.7% of that in low income neigh- borhoods. Twenty-eight of the thirty-two pro- jects were completed, with four pro- jects continuing into spring 1989. The Planning and Development unit gen- erated a momentum for restoring Boston's parks that involved Mainte- nance, Programming, and the entire Parks Department. Planning for all improvements was undertaken with long term maintenance strategies, visitor amenities such as water and lighting, and user support groups such as Park Partners. Open Space Planning Thanks to an internal restruc- turing and a reallocation of tasks, the Planning and Development unit moved forward with an overall plan that included both a macro and micro-approach to open space plan- ning. The unit initiated an Open Space Pilot Program, which devel- oped a larger context in which to plan neighborhood parks. Population and density, the physical characteristics of the surrounding area, and the anticipated usage from local resi- dents are important factors consid- ered. The planned model projects — at Dudley Square, Highland Park, and Franklin Field — include a tot lot, community garden, and an urban garden. Columbus Avenue Playground, ca. 1905. Boston was an early leader in providing open space for its residents. (Above) Children play at Connolly Playground in Roxbury on state-of-the-art tot lot equipment, December, 1988. Master Planning Management Plans The Planning and Development unit initiated masterplans for neigh- borhood parks such as Dorchester Park, Franklin Field and Highland Park, and the Franklin Park mainte- nance yard. Each masterplan addresses capital improvements, maintenance, administration, secu- rity, programming, and community involvement and stewardship. A maintenance management plan, which established accountability for each individual park, was introduced for each new capital project. Physically Challenged Users As part of Boston's Capital Improvement plan, the Planning unit is using a $1 million Play Lot Renova- tion Project to upgrade equipment and create three new physically accessible play areas. In 1988 a self- evaluation transition plan was enacted to inventory which elements of each park are handicapped acces- sible, and to outline instructional opportunities. All of the capital improvement parks completed in 1988 were barrier free. Four accessible sailboats were purchased for Jamaica Pond last summer, and a wooden ramp was constructed to remove accessibility barriers. "Very Special Arts" — hired as a summer contractor — presented programs that integrated disabled and able-bodied children in park activities. Tot Lots The city's 110 tot lots, or children's playgrounds, received welcome attention in 1988: 22 new tot lots were installed and another 13 were initiated, with completion scheduled for spring 1989. Working with child development specialists, the Plan- ning and Development unit moved to standardize play equipment, and to define a model play environment that provides safe, challenging, and socially enriching facilities. In-house planners worked closely with day care centers and parents groups in each neighborhood to ensure that the new tot lots met the needs of the local community. For example, the Ringer Park tot lot was restored with input from the Jackson Mann Community School Pre-School, the Jackson Mann Elementary School for Handicapped Children, and the West End Boys Club. Historic Burying Grounds Initiative Boston's Historic Burying Grounds Initiative is the guardian of 16 historic cemeteries containing nearly 15,000 gravestones, including those of founding fathers like John Hancock, Samuel Adams, Robert Paine, and Paul Revere. The $6 million Initiative, which includes funding from the private sector, will redress these sacred and fragile grounds by restoring grave- stones, rebuilding retaining walls, fences, gates, and pathways. Bos- ton's cemeteries, dating from 1630 to 1841, attract thousands of visitors from throughout the world each year. To assist in the fundraising cam- paign, a descriptive brochure on Boston's historic cemeteries was produced and distributed in 1988. The Boston Park Rangers conducted historical tours daily in the Granary and King's Chapel burying grounds through the summer. seven Programming and Recreation "One of the great success stories of the summer in Boston was the revival of the park system." Boston Globe Editorial September 12, 1988 Boston Red Sox pitcher Mike Smithson signs autographs for eager fans following a Sox Talk clinic at Columbus Park in South Boston, July, 1988. Clinics drew 3,000 youngsters to city parks during the summer. eight While successful capital improve- ment and maintenance programs in 1988 restored the parks to a higher standard, the Programming unit helped bring people back to the parks. Crafted by nearly 200 meet- ings with community and non-profit groups over the winter and spring, the Programming unit established a full schedule of activities for Boston residents. In summer 1988 it spon- sored 275 different events - sports, arts and crafts, concerts, fit- ness, sailing, birdwatching, nature walks, fishing, clinics, bike tours — for people of every age, background, and neighborhood of Boston. Over 180,000 people took advantage of 30,000 hours of summer program- ming from Memorial Day through Labor Day. (See Appendix page 40) Going to Bat for Kids "Sox Talk" and "ParkLink" were the stellar new programs of 1988; each reached the critical age group of eight to fourteen year olds. Bos- ton Red Sox players Oil Can Boyd, Marty Barrett, Roger Clemens, Bruce Hurst and others came to city parks to "Sox Talk" about baseball fundamentals, and about issues like youth violence, substance abuse, and the importance of education. The Sox players made 15 park appearances, and over 3,000 Boston youngsters participated. 'If kids can't make it to the parks, we'll go and get them' was the ration- ale of ParkLink, a unique program that targeted 18 public housing devel- opments in 11 neighborhoods. With business community funds, ParkLink deployed 11 vans that transported youths to various city wide activities such as concerts, sailing, ballgames, and picnics. Over 1500 children attended 22 events, including a cook- out with Mayor Flynn at the James Michael Curley House in Jamaica Plain. The Boston Housing Authority and Community Schools were joint sponsors with the Parks Department of this highly successful program. Sail Away Thousands took to the Parks Department's sailing programs at the Charlestown Navy Yard and Jamaica Pond. Over 3800 kids from through- out Boston received daily instruction on Rhodes 19' sailboats at the Coura- geous Program in Charlestown. At Jamaica Pond, nearly 4000 adults and children caught the breeze in a fleet of Spindrifts, including four newly- purchased handicapped accessible models. Staffed Parks Customized programs for kids were held at seventeen staffed parks across the city last summer. Sched- uled from the close of school through Labor Day, 3,000 kids each week attended activities, such as baseball, football, and soccer clinics, art and drama programs, and envi- ronmental classes. A new program celebrating the Black presence in Boston — '350 Years of Black Expe- rience' — was presented in Roxbury and Mattapan at Trotter, O'Day, Walker, and Hannon Playgrounds. Boats are readied for daily lessons at the Jamaica Pond Sailing program, August, 1988. 6 P Ws. nine Programming and Recreation Free Concerts Hundreds of thousands of Boston residents and visitors tapped their feet to free music all summer long, at Fun Night concerts in neighbor- hood parks, City Hall Plaza concerts every week, and lunch and dinner time performances at the Boston Common, Public Garden, Waterfront Park, and Jamaica Pond each week. 32 Fun Night concerts in 16 neigh- borhood parks attracted nearly 20,000 people. Performances ranged from local bands to Grammy Award-, winning jazz great Wynton Marsalis, who drew over 3,000 music lovers to Derby/Ramsey Park in Roxbury. Concerts on the Plaza continued- its fine tradition on City Hall Plaza Wednesday evenings, with noted per- formers like Billy Eckstine, Sleepy LaBeef, and the Platters. Attendance ranged from 8,000 to 12,000, and included elderly residents from 36 senior citizen groups who were transported to the concerts by the Parks Department. Music in the Parks featured 72 concerts during lunch and dinner hours at Jamaica Pond, Waterfront Park, and the Boston Common by local groups such as Chamber Brass Ensemble of Boston and the New England Conservatory of Music. Boston Park Rangers Once a seasonal operation, the Boston Park Ranger program was transformed into a full time, year round program in 1988, after a suc- cessful summer that tripled the number of tours through Boston's parks. The Rangers introduced thou- sands of residents and visitors to the great outdoors in the city. Fishing, birdwatching, nature tours, orien- teering, and bike tours gave over Children listen to a storyteller from the "350th Celebration of Black Presence in Boston ' program at Hannon Playground in Dorchester, July, 1988. Boston Park Rangers demonstrate the use of a compass during an orienteering class at Franklin Park, July, 1988. 11,700 people new skills for under- standing and enjoying the Emerald Necklace and neighborhood parks. The Rangers introduced foliage tours through the fall, and in Octo- ber released a Nature Book for chil- dren, highlighting animals, fish, and vegetation found in local parks. Off Season and Special Events While summer is the busiest sea- son, the Programming unit has scheduled activities year round. The 40th annual Christmas tree lighting on Boston Common was expanded in 1988, with five days of Christmas music celebrating Boston's rich eth- nic and religious diversity. 'A Com- mon Tradition' drew thousands of Boston residents and Christmas shoppers, and was capped by Mayor Flynn flipping the switch on 60,000 light bulbs, then leading thousands of revelers through Christmas carols. A full winter program was also announced in December, to include ice skating on the Public Garden Lagoon and the Boston Common Frog Pond, sledding on the Common, and cross-country skiing at Franklin Park and the Arnold Arboretum. The Parks Department hosted both intimate and large-scale events, ranging from the Mother's Day lunch- eon in the Public Garden, where Mayor Flynn handed out lilacs grown in the Greenhouse to over 500 moth- ers, to the annual Kite Festival, held over Labor Day weekend at Franklin Park, which drew thousands of peo- ple from throughout greater Boston. Boston Senior Park League game at Fallon Field in Roslindale, August, 1988. Mayor Raymond L. Flynn leads the caroling at the 40th annual Boston Common tree lighting, December, 1988. eleven Maintenance and Horticulture "I am a senior citizen and long time resident of East Boston. I would like to comment on how nice our park at Central Square looks and that it is a pleasure to be able to enjoy the nice, clean surroundings. This is not some- thing I usually do, but I did feel you should be complimented. Keep up the good work." Mary Di Girranni East Boston Digging and planting, cleaning and trimming, the Maintenance unit aggressively took care of the City's 192 parks and playgrounds, 64 public squares, three active and 16 historic cemeteries, and 125,000 trees. Organizational Improvements In 1988 a Maintenance Manage- ment System brought the unit to a new level of accountability. Mainte- nance crews were given specific assignments and work was evaluated on a daily basis by supervisors. Bi- weekly surveys of each facility moni- tored and guided the maintenance schedules, and response time to constituent requests was stream- lined. Fifteen new employees were added in 1988, including mechanics, gardeners, and welders. The Maintenance unit initiated a "Weekend Work Plan" to detail cleanup, clearing, and planting work, extending its supervision to a seven- day week.; Maintenance staff worked twelve closely with programming and regional staffs on weekends, to mon- itor park usage and to handle all emergencies. Many off-season tasks were initi- ated or expanded in 1988, including pre-winter leaf removal, equipment inspection and repair, and special clearing projects. Orders for sup- plies and materials were placed in February, three months ahead of normal schedule, to ensure materi- als for the spring. Capital Improvement Projects Maintenance planning is now included in all capital improvement projects, and specific improvements must be approved by the Mainte- nance Director before being placed in construction specifications. Main- tenance staff participates in initial planning committees and community meetings for every capital project. Maintenance is a major compo- nent of all master plans currently being drafted for Boston Common, Dorchester Park, Highland Park, and all of the parks in the Emerald Neck- lace under the Olmsted Historic Landscape Preservation Program. 37 swing gates were installed to prevent vehicles from damaging capi- tal improvements and mainte- nance projects. Turf maintenance crew at Franklin Park, September, 1988. (Above) Maintenance Director Don King discusses construction plans at the Franklin Park yard, February, 1989. (Left) Turf Maintenance One way to ensure the City's capi- tal investment is through an aggres- sive turf maintenance program. Maintenance staff aerates, fertilizes, waters, overseeds, and top dresses all new facilities. Twenty parks received turf maintenance care in 1988, and specialized turf restoration projects were undertaken at East Boston Stadium, Clemente Field, and Healy Field. Ballfield Prep Maintenance crews carried out ballfield preparation at 166 ballfield diamonds last year, including daily maintenance during the peak sum- mer season. Beginning in the spring, the prep crew works through the summer and concentrates on capital improvement parks in the fall. Last fall more than 15 tons of diamond mix was ordered for 18 ballfields. Active neighborhood groups like the ■ittle leagues of East Boston are instructed by Maintenance crews to provide daily care for the fields dur- ing the summer, when they are used by thousands of people. Trees Last winter over $400,000 of tree trimming and pruning was done in Emerald Necklace parks. 688 requests for tree service — includ- ing trimming, removal, and sidewalk repair — were filled by the Mainte- nance unit, working closely with Regional Administrators. Horticulture A new greenhouse at Franklin Park Yard officially opened in Octo- ber 1988, allowing the Horticulture division to increase its output. Bos- ton park planting sites increased from 80 to 91 from 1987 to 1988, and plants supplied to outside organi- zations went from 26 in 1987 to 36 sites in 1988, including community schools, fire stations, and libraries, a 20% total increase. thirteen Administration and Finance Management systems like the one employed by the Parks Department should be repli- cated in other city agencies where none presently exist. The ability for a department to track overtime by function is essential to efficient delivery of services." Sam Tyler, Executive Director Boston Municipal Research Bureau Affirmative Action Manager Claudette Bailey talks with restoration crew at South End Cemetery, December, 1988. In 1988 the Administration and Finance unit was the cornerstone for stabilizing management and operat- ing systems in the Parks Depart- ment. The A & F staff supervised budget and expense tracking, per- sonnel matters, contract manage- ment, trust fund expenditures, and other finances. The staff administers all paperwork for the 253 Park employees. Budget and Expense Tracking The A & F unit implemented a new system in 1988 to track anticipated and actual expenditures on a line item basis. The system, which reports monthly, catalogs unit requests by budgetary categories, allowing the Department to monitor expenditures and eliminate the pos- sibility of deficit spending on individ- ual requests. The new tracking system allows unit managers to monitor their fiscal appropriations on a monthly basis, while allowing A & F to monitor total Department spending. fourteen Contract Management In 1988 the Department hired an Affirmative Action Officer to imple- ment a program to increase contract opportunities for minority and women businesses. Thanks to aggressive outreach, including work- shops, roundtable discussions, and active solicitation of minority and women businesses, the program exceeded the City of Boston's guide- lines, and surpassed the Depart- ment's record of past years. In 1988 nearly 21% of contracts awarded for capital improvement projects went to minority-owned firms, and 10% went to women- owned firms. The Parks Department will continue to meet these stan- dards as it moves into calendar year Personnel In 1988 the unit increased training programs for workers that led to in- house promotions. Personnel hired an Hispanic liaison to enhance regional relations with this active community. Personnel staff increased the effi- ciency of processing new payroll appointments, reducing the time from five to two days, and last sum- mer coordinated the hiring of 198 seasonal workers. Computerization An in-house computer specialist was hired to coordinate all MIS func-. tions for the Department. Proce- dures were computerized to increase efficiency, including park permitting, expense and budget tracking, and personnel activities such as employee history, overtime and attendance tracking. Preparation for submitting the Fiscal Year budget to the Office of Budget and Program Evaluation was streamlined through improved computer capability. Computerization also helped to track tree service requests, inspec- tion, work, and final report by neigh- borhood. Thanks to this system the backlog of unanswered tree requests has been greatly reduced. The Department went from two personal computers to ten in 1988, including a desktop publishing work station to generate promotional materials in house. Twenty five employees were given special training on Lotus 1-2-3, Multimate, and dBASE III, using in- house and outside training facilities. Purchasing The A & F unit coordinated the daily purchasing for the Parks and Cemetery departments, including the following equipment: Operating ($47,000) • Chainsaws • Snowblowers • Greens machine • Graffiti removal machine • Battery chargers • Rain cannons/Water cannons Capital ($122,000) • Hydraulic sanders • Tractor nunes • Packer • Giant leaf loader fifteen Regional Administration "Returning the parks to fami- lies in the neighborhoods is important, because when a kid goes into a park that is fixed up he feels like somebody — she believes she counts — they believe that there is hope and that somebody cares enough to nurture hope. . . . Over the past two years we have brought more than grass and trees back to our parks — we've brought people and life back to them. And a park with people makes the whole neighborhood feel better" Mayor Flynn, State of the City Speech January 10, 1989 City parks measure the vitality and health of Boston's neighborhoods. In 1988 the clean, safe, and active parks reflected the important role that Boston residents have in helping to improve and direct the condition of their neighborhoods. Outreach was the driving force for improving the park system in 1988, as the Regional Administration unit scheduled community meetings, wrote letters, and made phone calls to encourage residents' input on maintenance, capital improvement, and recreation for city parks. In 1988 Commissioner Coughlin appointed Bill Linehan as Deputy Director of Regional Administration to oversee four Regional Administra- tors. Each Administrator has a spe- cific geographical district, with broad authority to set priorities for capital improvements, resolve disputes, streamline maintenance tasks, develop summer programming, monitor tree contracts, and grant permits. The four Regional Adminis- trators are the point people for their regions, and deal directly with con- stituencies and relevant agencies such as the Police and the Depart- ment of Public Works in the neigh- borhoods. The unit's expanded schedule includes weekdays, eve- nings, and weekends, working with maintenance, programming, and senior staff to coordinate tasks. A Boston Herald article (11/22/88) shows that the Parks Department had the best record of all city departments in responding to resident requests for service. Annual Summary of Administrator Activities 40,000 5,400 2,000 350 25 flyers leafleted for events phone calls to constituents surveys of park conditions written constituent requests responses light replacement requests fulfilled community meetings meetings with police and other city and state agencies community-sponsored park events community cleanups Park Partners The Park Partners best exemplify the working relationship between the Parks Department and the com- munity. Citizen groups work with Regional Administrators to improve and maintain their local parks, with financial, technical, and staff support from the Parks Department. The number of Partners rose by 100% in 1988. 41 Partners were awarded funds and 10 additional volunteer groups worked diligently with Regional to improve their local parks. The Department published a newsletter in October 1988 to high- light the work of Partners throughout the city. Bilingual Programs The Parks Department hired a Community Specialist to increase participation among Spanish speak- ing groups across the city. Last sum- mer bilingual staff were assigned to Ronan, Hannon, O'Day, and Mozart playgrounds, and bilingual schedules and program materials were distrib- uted in the surrounding neighbor- hoods. sixteen FlELDHOUSES In 1988 the return of staffed fieldhouses with regular hours attracted 25,000 residents in just four months. The fieldhouses, staffed and operated by Regional Administration, opened at Billings Field/West Roxbury, Columbus Park/ South Boston, Town Field/ Dorchester, and East Boston Stadium. Water, restrooms, informa- tion, and occasionally shelter were available seven days a week through the summer, and residents met dur- ing staffing hours for community meetings, sports scheduling, and limited equipment storage. Accountability The Regional unit facilitated a new measure of input by residents for their neighborhood parks. What follows is a summary by region of specific accomplishments that contributed to the Park Depart- ment's overall success in 1988. In each region, a park that under- went an impressive transformation is highlighted. Capital improvements, community participation, regular maintenance, better security, and customized programming have in each case, produced a facility whose success is measured by greater numbers of residents enjoy- ing their park. Mayor Raymond L Flynn stops to chat at the Kite Festival, celebrated by thousands in Franklin Park, September, 1988. seventeen Region I (Allston-Brighton, Jamaica Plain, Hyde Park, Mission Hill, Roslindale, West Roxbury) Allston-Brighton 1. Cassidy Playground 2. Fidelis Way Park 3. Chandler Pond 4. Rogers Park 5. Hardiman Playground 6. McKinney Playground 7. Portsmouth Street Playground 8. Ringer Playground 9. Shubow Park 10. Smith Playground Fenway 11. Edgerly Road Playground 12. Morville Park Mission Hill 13. Smith Street Playground 14. McLaughlin Playground Jamaica Plain 15. Jefferson Playground 16. Mozart Street Play Area 17. Flaherty Playground 18. Murphy Playground 19. Parkman Playground Roslindale 20. Healy Playground 21. Adams Park 22. Fallon Field Hyde Park 23. Ross Playground 24. Amatucci Playground 25. lacono Playground West Roxbury 26. Hynes Playground 27. Billings Field 28. Draper Playground Parks under one acre may not appear on map eighteen "Thank you for hosting two Fun Nights in Adams Park (Roslin- dale) this past summer. I want to share with you how much folks in the neighborhoods really appreciate and enjoyed the summer evening concerts. Thank you for making this possible." Kathleen McCabe Director, Roslindale Village Main Street Paul McCaffrey at Hardiman Playground opening in Brighton, September, 1988. PAUL MCCAFFREY Regional Administrator Region I is a microcosm of Bos- ton, home to long time residents, new comers, students, and immi- grant groups like Asians, Hispanics, Russians, and Irish. The 48 parks and playgrounds consist of 350 acres of parkland, stretching across the west- erly section of Boston. Last year $1.6 million was spent on capital improvements in nine parks and three cemeteries. Hynes Playground in West Roxbury received $275,000, for a new entrance and tot lot; Parkman Playground in Jamaica Plain received $355,000 for new ball fields, fencing, ball courts, and a tot lot; Hardiman Playground in Brighton received $303,000 for a new basket- ball court, drinking fountain, ballfield perimeter fencing, and a new tot lot; and Amatucci Park in Hyde Park received a new basketball court, tot lot, water fountains, benches, and extensive landscaping. Ten Park Partner groups through- out Region I worked hard to maintain and beautify their local parks, includ- ing established groups like the Friends of Hooker Park in Brighton, Delano Court Organization in Roslin- dale, and the Mission Hill Tenants Task Force, and new groups like the Friends of Hynes Park, which enlisted 172 local residents to help maintain and program their newly renovated park in West Roxbury. Working with environmental groups and Boston schoolchildren, the Parks Department coordinated bulb plantings at Jefferson Park and Mozart Playground in Jamaica Plain and Rogers Park in Allston-Brighton. nineteen Region!, Ross Field in Hyde Park benefit- ted from broad-based multiracial support from local residents for extensive new programming in sum- mer 1988. The Hyde Park YMCA used Ross Field for its outdoor recreation program, and the Parks Department ran tennis clinics through the sum- mer. The Senior and Junior Park Leagues held night games, and the Boston Police had a mounted unit present to ensure the safety of the large number of park users. Memorandums of Agreement (MOAs) were established for parks with local institutions such as Stop and Shop (lacono/Hyde Park), Bank of Boston (Adams Park/Roslindale), New England Baptist Church (McLaughlin Playground/Mission Hill), and Chestnut Hill Realty (Bill- ings Field/West Roxbury). These MOAs enable local businesses to take direct action for maintaining neighborhood parks. As part of the annual Parks Improvement Program, the Allston- Brighton Community Development Corporation utilized a multiracial youth work force from local public housing developments to maintain and beautify all parks in Allston- Brighton, with tools, materials, and supervision supplied by the Parks Department. Maintenance crews contributed labor and supplies to beautify the median strip along Com- monwealth Avenue. Beautification projects were com- pleted at Cleveland Circle, Oak Square, Brighton Square, and the Ledgemere BHA Elderly Develop- ment. Billings Field has strong com- munity and local business support, and Smith Street Park in Mission Hill benefited from new plantings with Bubble chasing children enliven a Brighton Square Fun Night, September, 1988. the help of the Boston Urban Gar- deners and JFK School Public Space Partnership. Five parks in Region I were staffed throughout the summer, including Billings FieldAVest Roxbury, Mozart Park/Jamaica Plain, McLaugh- lin Field/Mission Hill, Ross Field/ Hyde Park, and McKinney Park/ Brighton. Eight Fun Night concerts were held at Adams Park/Roslindale, Brighton Square/Brighton, Smith Street Park/Mission Hill, and lacono Playground/Hyde Park. "Sox Talk" programs were con- ducted at McKinney Park/Brighton, Tobin Community School/Mission Hill, and the James Michael Curley House/Jamaica Plain. ParkLink brought kids from Beech Street and Archdale housing devel- opments in Roslindale, and Faneuil housing development in Brighton, to a number of city-wide events last summer, including sailing on Jamaica Pond and a picnic with Mayor Flynn at the Curley Mansion in Jamaica Plain. twenty Turnaround Park: Mozart Playground Mozart Playground in Jamaica Plain was transformed from a hang- out for vandals, drug users and trou- blemakers to a safe, clean play area for local families. The one acre play, area on Centre Street had been for- gotten, and was revitalized through the hard efforts of the community, starting in early 1987. Paul McCaffrey met regularly with community groups in Jamaica Plain, including Blessed Sacrament Church, Jamaica Plain Neighborhood House, the Arts Council, South West Corridor Community Farm, Hyde Square Merchants' Association, and the Jamaica Pond Project. Together they planned a strategy to repair the facilities and create a full time pres- ence to encourage community use. The focal point for generating interest was a life-size mural that people from the neighborhood painted to replace graffiti. The Main- tenance unit pitched in, painting benches, walls, electrical cabinets, and backboards, and installing new barrels and basketball rims. Workers cleaned the park daily before noon, to prevent the momentum from being undermined by litter and disrepair. Regular programming was initi- ated in the summer, and local bilin- gual staff members taught arts, sports skills, and environment classes. Boston Park Rangers taught a horse-of-course class, and the J. P. Neighborhood House used Mozart for its summer day care program. The kickoff event in early July was the culmination of nearly two years of community effort. Hispanic musi- cians entertained hundreds of local residents, and a colorful paper maiche pinta was paraded through the ceremony, spilling out candy and toys for the youngsters. The event set the stage for daily activity through the summer, led by positive role models from the community. The Parks Department also included the Mozart Playground children in a num- ber of city-wide activities, including trips to Jamaica Pond and the Curley Mansion. Kids swing next to mural painted and maintained by neighborhood Park Partners at Mozart Street Play Area in Jamaica Plain, July, 1988. twenty one Region II (Mattapan, Roxbury, South End, North Dorchester) South End 1. Rotch Playground 2. Peters Park 3. Titus Sparrow Park Roxbury/North Dorchester 4. William Carter Playground 5. David L. Ramsey Park 6. Clifford Playground 7. Jones Park 8. Highland Park 9. Connolly Playground 10. Malcolm Washington Park 11. Horatio Harris Park 12. Trotter Playground 13. Mary Hannon Playground 14. Winthrop Playground 15. Ceylon Hill Park Mattapan 16. Franklin Park 17. Harambee Park 18. Walker Playground 19. Hunt Playground Parks under one acre may not appear on map twenty two "Thank you for your immediate response in cleaning the Jeep Jones Park over the weekend. Your men did a very good job and we are appreciative of their efforts." Milton Hagias, Timilty Middle School, Roxbury JACKIE COOPER Regional Administrator Jackie Cooper leads a discussion about capital improvements to Walker Playground at a Mattapan community meeting, January, 1989. Region II may have been the main beneficiary of the massive improve- ments to the Boston park system over the last two years. These neigh- borhoods have suffered from neglect for years, but are on the road to recovery, with parks setting the pace. In 1988 $1.9 million worth of capi- tal improvement projects were launched in Region II, including a $1 million restoration of Franklin Park, the city's largest park. Hunt Play- ground in Mattapan received $359,000 worth of renovations, including new sports fields and a tot lot. The Parks Department initiated several new programs to improve parks in low income neighborhoods. The Open Space Initiative developed mini-masterplans that considered the demographics and specific demands of the local area. The plans, which got extensive commu- nity input, addressed BRA and PFD work at Dudley Square, an MIT design workshop at Highland Park, and community tot lot development at Franklin Field. Masterplans were also developed for Highland Park and Franklin Field, to address park specific capital improvements, maintenance, secu- rity, programming, and community stewardship. Maintenance manage- ment plans were introduced for Washington/Malcolm X Park, Horatio Harris Playground, and Ronan Park. In September, the Parks Depart- ment was promised $5.57 million from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation Services, a program twenty three Jazz musician Wynton Marsalis performs at a Ramsey Park Fun Night in Roxbury, August, 1988. that designates upgrading of regional facilities in low income areas. In Region 11, this money will benefit Franklin Park Golf Course, Franklin Field, Corbett Park, Ceylon Park, Walker Playground, and Derby/ Ramsey Park. Regional Administrator Jackie Cooper helped galvanize the tremen- dous community spirit in Region 11, working with sixteen Park Partners to care for and beautify local parks. In August Cooper brought 50 CityYear workers — a new program of teen- agers who do volunteer work in Bos- ton — to Peters Park in the South End for a full day of cleaning, clear- ing, painting, and fixing. In October the Parks Department, working with environmental groups and Boston school children, coordi- nated bulb plantings at Clifford, Franklin and Howe Parks in Roxbury, and the Blackstone Franklin Square in the South End. In 1988 the Maintenance unit undertook several large scale mainte- nance projects in Region 11, including: • Walker Playground/Mattapan — cleaned and repainted grounds and facilities, removed aban- doned cars. • Franklin Field/Dorchester — cut back overgrowth to install basketball courts, restored tot lot, and repaired benches. • Washington Park/Roxbury — removed old tot lot equipment, installed new basketball rims. • Titus Sparrow/South End — planted trees, repaired benches. Programming played a key part in bringing people back to the parks, as thousands of inner city residents enjoyed a full range of activities and events. Golf clinics were conducted at Franklin Park, and tennis lessons were offered at Carter Playground in the South End, giving inner city kids access to sports not usually available to them. Hundreds of children from five housing developments in Region II learned to sail at the Courageous Sailing Center in Charlestown, join- ing hundreds of kids from across the city. ParkLink also gave these kids city-wide access, as vans carried them to concerts, ball- games, and outdoor activities throughout Boston. Daily staffing included baseball, soccer, and basketball clinics, arts and crafts, environmental education, and children's theater. A new pro- gram — 350 Years of Black History twenty four Maintenance workers clean up Walker Playground in Mattapan, December, 1988. — taught youngsters about the Black experience in Boston, and resulted in a lifesize mural and a rap song about the program. Sox Talk took Red Sox stars like Oil Can Boyd and Marty Barrett into neighborhood parks to talk about pitching, fielding, and hitting, but also about teen violence, substance abuse, and the value of education. Five of the seventeen staffed parks in summer 1988 were in Region 11, including Hannon, Carter, and Trotter Parks in Roxbury, O'Day Play- ground in the South End, and Walker Playground in Mattapan.. Turnaround Park: Little Scobie Regional Administrator Jackie Cooper worked closely with Roxbury residents to identify and move quickly on the parks that needed the most serious attention. Little Scobie Park, at Dunreath and Copeland Streets, was identified as a park that would be widely used if its condition was improved. Led by Gail Holloway and the Washington Street Improvement Coalition, a group of five hundred families in a two block radius near Little Scobie Park, the community met with Park representatives in April 1987 for the first of five meet- ings to discuss design and construc- tion plans for the park. Other groups participating in the process included the Dudley Initiative, Cape Verdean Center, Roxbury Community News, the Roxbury Boys Club, the YMCA, and the Winthrop Crime Association. Abutters like Bertha Banks and Joe Bass gave valuable input into how the Park could meet specific neighbor- hood needs. $331,000 was spent in capital improvements, including a new tot lot, basketball court, fencing, a water bubbler, wall repairs, landscaping, new entrances, new grass, and a pic- nic area. At the park opening in Octo- ber, over 400 local residents turned out to cut the ribbon, opening a new era of usage. The park now has excellent potential for organized bas- ketball leagues, and the tot lot already gets heavy usage from the community and day care centers. Local residents are currently applying to change the name from Little Scobie to honor John Bailey, a local youth and regular park user who was tragically killed a few hundred yards away. twenty five Region HI (Charlestown, East Boston, North End, Downtown) East Boston 1. Noyes Playground 2. American Legion Playground 3. McLean Playground 4. Byron Park 5. Putnam Square 6. Prescott Square 7. Central Square 8. LoPresti Park 9. East Boston Memorial Stadium 10. Brophy Park 11. PorzioPark North End 20. Cutillo Playground 21. DeFilippo Playground 22. Puopolo (North End) Playground 23. Polcari Playground 24. Foster Playground 25. Revere Mall 26. Charter Street Playground 27. Waterfront Park Downtown 28. Myrtle Street Playground 29. Pagoda Park 30. Elliot Norton Park Parks under one acre may not appear on map Charlestown 12. Ryan Playground 13. Doherty Playground 14. Hill & Cook Play Area 15. Barry Playground 16. Edwards Playground 17. Union Park 18. Harvard Mall 19. Winthrop Square twenty six "East Boston, hemmed in by Logan Airport, Boston Harbor, and oil tank farms, is in special need of the calm greenery offered by Boston 's parklands. For years, the 12 parks in East Boston were allowed to decay, but thanks to a Flynn adminis- tration initiative and prodding by residents, they are on their way back. . . the overall improve- ments are striking." Boston Globe Editorial, August 18, 1988 JAMES E. WALSH Regional Administrator James Walsh (Right) at an Eastern Massachusetts Senior Little League game at East Boston Stadium, July, 1988. Cupping Boston's waterfront and downtown area, this diverse region deals with heavy congestion from the airport traffic, commuters, tourists, and shoppers. Last year, long time residents came together with new- comers in Charlestown, Beacon Hill, East Boston, and North End parks to work toward the mutual goal of improving its 36 parks. Thirteen Park Partners in Region III worked closely with the Parks Department to provide supplemental maintenance, beautification, and programming for their local parks. The Kennedy Center, the Boys and Girls Club, Charlestown Little League, and St. Catherine's Church covered the parks in Charlestown, while the North End Senior's Club, North End Union, Knights of Colum- bus, the Athletic Association and the Waterfront Park Association handled North End parks. Little league groups in East Boston worked dili- gently to maintain East Boston Sta- dium, American Legion Playground, and Noyes Park. On Beacon Hill, the Friends of Myrtle Park worked with Parks staff on the newly installed tot lot, and Bay Village residents came together as the Friends of Elliot Nor- ton Park to maintain their park. Capital projects totaling over $1.45 million were started in 1988, including $270,000 at Charter Street Playground in the North End to rebuild the 20 foot wall surrounding the park; $483,000 at Noyes Play- ground in East Boston, for two new twenty seven Region III. ball diamonds, a tot lot, basketball courts, perimeter fencing, and extensive landscaping and turf main- tenance; and $60,000 at Myrtle Street Park on Beacon Hill for a new tot lot with modern equipment, new light- ing, and landscaping. Extensive grounds maintenance was carried out on capital projects already completed, such as East Bos- ton Stadium, Waterfront Park in the North End, and the Harvard Mall in Charlestown. In each facility, dedi- cated Park Partners worked closely with Jim Walsh, maintenance and programming staffs to ensure that completed capital improvements were maintained at the highest level. The refurbished fieldhouse at East Boston Stadium accommodated more than 12,000 people through October, more than any other facility in the city. The versatile fieldhouse offered top level programming, con- cessions, and lockeroom facilities for baseball, Pop Warner football, soccer, and high school and state tournament sporting events. In addi- tion, training specialists conducted running, walking, and fitness pro- grams at East Boston Stadium through the summer. Last fall Walsh worked with envi- ronmental groups and local school children, as part of a city-wide bulb planting effort, putting new perenni- als into Brophy Park in East Boston and Copps Hill Terrace in the North End. Thousands of Boston residents and visitors took advantage of pro- gramming last summer and fall. Over 3,000 people attended six free Fun Night concerts at Brophy Park in East Boston, Polcari Park in the North End, and Doherty Playground in Charlestown. Free weekly concerts were held at Waterfront Park every week at lunch and dinner time, and each Wednesday an average of 10,000 people came to City Hall Plaza to hear great stars like Billy Eckstine, the Four Aces, and Herb Reed and the Platters. Playgrounds were staffed through- out the summer at Doherty Play- ground in Charlestown and Porzio Park in East Boston, offering daily sports clinics, arts and crafts, com- petitions, and-environmental courses. The Courageous Sailing Center in Charlestown was the centerpiece for summer programming in Region 111, as over 3,800 youngsters from Charlestown and other parts of the city learned to sail aboard a fleet of Rhodes 19' sailboats, with a student/ teacher ratio of four to one. Other highlights last summer included the Charlestown pride day at Barry Playground, which drew 1200 people, followed by a concert at Edwards Park. Over 5,000 people watched the Fourth of July fireworks from Waterfront Park, and hundreds of children came to East Boston Sta- dium for the Sox Talk program with Dennis Lamp. The Friends of Harvard Mall in Charlestown brave the cold to give out cider and cookies at a Christmas street fair, December, 1988. (Left) Puopolo Park, December, 1988. (Right) twenty eight Turnaround Park: Puopolo Park Puopolo Park was once a victim of vandalism and poor maintenance. In 1988 a complete capital improve- ment program, totaling $307,000, resodded the baseball diamond's infield and outfield, installed new fencing and a new basketball court, and planted new trees. Other improvements included repaired bocce courts and repaved and land- scaped areas. John Romano, head of the North End Little League Youth Baseball program that uses Puopolo Park, told Boston Herald reporter Laura Brown in September, "The park is incredi- ble. They promised me it would be like Fenway Park, and they were right. Now its a mini-Fenway Park." A maintenance management pro- gram, devised as part of the capital improvement process, kept the park clean and vandal free. A Parks main- tenance crew led by Joe Curry and Lou Lauria kept the exceptional con- dition of the ballparks intact through- out the fall. Last year nearly 10,000 children and adults used Puopolo Park, for lit- tle league baseball, softball, basket- ball, and bocce. The new basketball court has brought in new leagues, like the U.S. Coast Guard and the North End Basketball League. A highlight of the summer was the first annual Andy Puopolo roadrace, a 10 K event put together by Parks staf- fer Tim FitzGerald. The event drew 300 runners, was widely supported by the community, and raised money for a scholarship in memory of the late Andy Puopolo of the North End. ;^Z twenty nine ' Region IV. (South Boston, South Dorchester) South Boston 1. Lee Playground 2. Columbus Park 3. Buckley Playground 4. Flaherty Playground 5. Sweeney Playground Dorchester 6. Ryan Play Area 7. Downer Playground 8. Savin Hill Park 9. McConnell Park 10. Ronan Park 11. Town Field 12. Byrne Playground 13. Hemenway Playground 14. Cronin Playground 15. Roberts Playground 16. Garvey Playground 17. Martin Playground 18. Walsh Playground 19. Dorchester Park 20. Corbett Playground Parks under one acre may not appear on map thirty "I would like to thank you for the terrific job your men have done to beautify Ronan Park. I have never seen it look so well. I enjoy sitting on my front porch, just opposite the spot where the Family "Fun Nights" take place. . . I wish you could see the young parents with small children enjoying the swings and no trouble. It does the heart good." Mary Suplee Dorchester BillLinehan attends a Dorchester Park Fun Night, August, 1988. WILLIAM P. LINEHAN Regional Administrator The unique neighborhood spirit in South Boston and Dorchester is par- tially due to the historic pride that residents take in their natural sur- roundings. Situated along the coast, both neighborhoods have a great tra- dition of outdoor recreation and sports, and a great respect for open space, going back to the 19th century, when thousands of residents used the L Street Bath House, one of the most successful recreation projects in the nation at that time. Region IV contains 27 of the City's 192 parks, including the 57 acre Columbus Park in South Boston, a designated regional park that draws participants from across neighbor- hood, racial, and ethnic boundaries. $1.78 million in capital improve- ments were completed in 1988, including $398,000 on Town Field in Dorchester,$126,000on Downer Play- ground in Dorchester, $155,000 on Columbus Park in South Boston, $234,000 on Sweeney Playground in South Boston, and $230,000 on Inde- pendence Park in South Boston. Roberts Field and Ryan Park in Dorchester both began construction for major improvements in 1988, and will be completed in spring 1989. $680,000 is being spent on these parks. In summer 1988 over 80 events were held in Region IV, including 34 fun night concerts, 8 Sox Talks, 5 staffed parks with week long pro- gramming, plus running and walking fitness classes, youth Olympics, May- or's cup tournaments, field days, and ParkLink outings. thirty one Region IV. Community participation supple- mented park-sponsored activities in Region IV. Carney Hospital co- sponsored a fitness program at Dor- chester Park, based on the Department's walking and running program, attracting regular participa- tion over a four month period. Two drug awareness events sponsored by Boston Against Drugs and South Boston Against Drugs drew 2500 people citywide to Columbus Park last summer. New fieldhouses at Columbus Park in South Boston and Town Field in Dorchester accommodated over 8,000 people during the summer months, allowing the Parks Depart- ment to schedule large events, like the U.S. National Tug of War Champi- onships at Columbus Park in August, which drew hundreds of competitors and spectators. At Town Field, the annual softball game between the Priests and the Police drew hun- dreds of spectators to the newly refurbished facility. The Maintenance unit coordi- nated extensive turf maintenance at M Street Park and Hemenway Park. Additional work included tree care and regular maintenance in each park. Highlights include: • Community cleanups at South Boston Veteran's Memorial at Independence Park and Colum- bus Park • Community cleanups, at Dor- chester Park, McConnell Park, Savin Hill Park, Downer Ave Playground, and the Dorchester Historical North Burying Ground Last fall the Parks Department held groundbreaking ceremonies for $500,000 worth of renovations at McConnell Park under Mayor Flynn's five year capital improvement plan. A new tot lot at Garvey Playground in Dorchester went into construction in 1988, with scheduled opening in spring 1989. The playground at Independence Park in South Boston is busy on a hot evening, August, 1988. (Below) M thirty two Turnaround Park: Doherty/Town Field Doherty/Town Field in Field's Cor- ner, Dorchester, had all the markings of a worn down and misused park facility: delapidated basketball courts, unsafe tot lots, drug traffick- ing, drinking, and vandalism. Neigh- bors were afraid to walk by. 1988 marked the culmination of efforts by neighborhood residents; like Joan Benjamin and others work- ing with park officials to bring this 1.5 acre park back. Regional Administra- tor Bill Linehan went door-to-door, talking to abutters and neighbors, getting feedback on the kinds of changes needed to make Town Field usable. Meetings were held, improvements were formulated, security was coordinated, and activi- ties were scheduled. Town Field's importance as the region's ballfield center was an important consider- ation in the planning. After $398,000 in capital improve- ments, the park celebrated its grand opening in August 1988, complete with ribbon cuttings, balloons, base- ball and basketball games, magi- cians, ice cream, and a magnificent field house. Capital improvements at Town Field included new baseball dia- monds, perimeter fencing, a new tot lot, additional basketball courts, a new Softball infield, water bubbler, and a facelift and beautification on the Dorchester Ave. side of the park. Town Field has gone from being an eyesore to an important part of Fields Corner, used by local children, adults, and families, by sports leagues, local businesses, and com- munity groups. Director of Capital Planning Mary Nee (left) and guests celebrate the re-opening of Columbus Park Tot Lot after a $120,000 restoration, October, 1988. Children are thrilled by a magician at grand re-opening of Town Field in Dorchester after $398,000 in capital improvements, July, 1988. thirty three Olmsted Region_ 1. Boston Common 2. Public Garden 3. Commonwealth Avenue Mall 4. Back Bay Fens 5. The Riverway 6. Olmsted Park 7. Jamaica Pond 8. Arnold Arboretum 9. Franklin Park Parks under one acre may not appear on map thirty four "As to a park, when the prin- cipal outlay has been made, the results may, and under good management must, for many years afterwards, be increasing in value at a constantly advanc- ing rate of increase, and never cease to increase as long as the city endures." Frederick Law Olmsted 1880 -'^K^.A^:*^ ail*! .4 Franklin Park pathway recently cleared of surrounding underbrush, December, 1988. The grand tradition of Boston's park system hinges on Olmsted's Emerald Necklace, a thousand acre mantle of greenery designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture. Having suffered from lack of mainte- nance over the past few decades, the Commonwealth agreed to restore this national treasure, and desig- nated the Massachusetts Depart- ment of Environmental Management (DEM) to supervise the $8 million (plus two for Brookline) Olmsted Historic Landscape Preservation Program. The masterplan initiative will return the park system to its former greatness. In 1988 building blocks were put into place to undertake this massive project. Commissioner Coughlin appointed a System Wide Advisory Board to oversee the final approval and implementation of a masterplan for the entire system, including Franklin Park and the Arnold Arbore- tum. Park management committees, made up of Olmsted specialists, landscape architects, public and pri- vate agencies, and key community groups representing each park, reviewed various phases of master- plan development, and implemented plans for each of the parks within the larger system, including Jamaica Pond, Olmsted Park, Riverway, and the Back Bay Fens. thirty five Olmsted REGION- Boston Common The nation's oldest park, estab- lished in 1634, continued to receive extensive repairs, supplementing 1987's facelift. After internal information gather- ing, which led to a Use Study, the Department hired Walker-Kluesing Design Group in 1988 to produce a Management Plan for the Common that,will address maintenance, capi- tal improvements, administration, fundraising strategies, and program- ming. The Management Plan will chart a course for future improve- ments as well as establish the basis for a maintenance endowment. A design competition for a new Visitor's Information Center was held, with nearly 150 entries submit- ted by leading architectural firms, both locally and regionally. The win- ning entry, from Basnight, Bucking- ham & Partners Inc., was announced in October, with a completion date envisioned for 1990. $253,000 was spent on ballfield renovation on the Boston Common in fall 1988, for resodding and drainage. Programming was expanded to include lunch and dinner time music ensembles in the summer, and an ambitious summer and fall program by the Boston Park Rangers that included birdwatching, nature walks, orienteering, and history tours. A fountain of water in Boston Common's Frog Pond cools off children, Summer, 1988. (Above) The lush greenery and quiet beauty of the Back Bay Fens, 1988. (Right) Public Garden In spring 1988 the Parks Depart- ment dredged 25 years worth of sludge from the bottom of the Public Garden lagoon, for smoother sailing for the Swan boats in the summer and for ice skating in the winter. The $168,000 cleanup project was initi- ated through the efforts of Henry Lee and the Friends of the Public Garden and Common. Last May Mayor Flynn and Com- missioner Coughlin invited hun- dreds of elderly mothers to the Pub- lic Garden for a Mother's Day lun- cheon and white lilacs from the City's greenhouse. Ice skating returned to the Public Garden at the very end of the year, thanks to an innovative programming staff who got help from local hotels and businesses. After a ten year absence, ice skating on both the Lagoon and the Boston Common Frog Pond restores an important tra- dition to Boston. Commonwealth Avenue Mall After the successful lighting of the Morison statue on Commonwealth Avenue, the Parks Department undertook a feasibility study of five other statues along Commonwealth Mall. Groups involved in this pro- cess include Friends of the Public Garden and Common, Neighbor- hood Association of the Back Bay, Back Bay Architectural Commission, Landmarks Commission, and the Arts Commission. thirty six Park Partners A number of community groups, individuals and park partners have pitched in to help maintain, beautify, and program activities in parks along the Emerald Necklace. Three visible Boston Fenway Program The Parks Department increased its financial commitment to this park partner substantially, enabling it to expand its scope of work from sum- mer to year round. The Boston Fen- way Program increased the number of clearing and slanting projects car- ried out by its summer work crew, and enlarged its scope of beautifica- tion programs. Jamaica Pond Project The Project oversees the daily operations of the parkland and its facilities, including the boathouse. The Parks Department has increased its financial commitment to this group to ensure a full time, year round presence at the Pond. Franklin Park Coalition The Coalition is part of the Man- agement Committee that is working carefully to finalize the Masterplan, and to coordinate with other Franklin Park facilities such as the golf course and the Zoo. Olmsted Crew In 1988 the Parks Department cre- ated an Emerald Necklace crew, composed of five workers whose sole job was to conduct grounds maintenance and special projects along the Emerald Necklace. Led by Superintendent Jim Sheehan, the Olmsted crew kept free of litter and regularly mowed, the Common, Commonwealth Mall, Public Garden, Franklin Park, Fens, Riverway, Olmsted Park, and Jamaica Pond. Sheehan also led a non-traditional crew in horticulturally-oriented pro- jects such as phragmites removal along the Riverway in the Fens. Last year the Parks Department assigned a maintenance crew to specifically care for Franklin Park. Roxbury Community College The Emerald Necklace crew was supplemented by a training crew under a Roxbury Community College program in urban landscape, funded by $200,000 in DEM money. Working under supervision from the mainte- nance unit, the RCC Olmsted team conducted a number of specialized projects, including the planting of naturalizing bulbs for scenic effect in the Back Bay Fens, forest manage- ment, clearing on the American Legion Highway and Humbolt Avenue sides of Franklin Park, and under- story shrub and clearing at Scarboro Pond in Franklin Park. -thirty seven Appendices Financial Data GROUNDS MAINTENANCE $6,698,450 ADMINISTRATION $862,000 4% )) REGIONAL ADMINISTRATION $487,540 PLANNING & ENGINEERING $1,014,825 PARKS PROGRAMMING $2,386,775 HORTICULTURE $1,550,410 thirty eight Capital Improvements . Improvements Completed Under the City Capital Plan in 1988 Park Properly Neighborhood Budget Agassiz Bridge Amatucci Playground Charter Street Playground Carter Playground Entrances Columbus Park Field House Columbus Park Tot Lot Downer Avenue Playground East Boston Stadium Field House Elm Hill Park Evergreen Cemetery Fairview Cemetery Franklin Park Greenhouse Gibson-Doherty (Town Field) Playground Gibson-Doherty (Town Field) Field House Hardiman Playground Hawes/Union Cemetery Hunt (Almont) Playground Hynes Playground Iacono Playground Independence Square King's Chapel Burying Ground Little Scobie Playground Myrtle Street Play Area Puopolo (North End) Playground Parkman Playground Peters Park Rotch Playground South Street Mall Sweeney Playground Westerly Cemetery Back Bay Fens Hyde Park North End Roxbury South Boston South Boston Dorchester East Boston Roxbury Brighton Hyde Park Jamaica Plain Dorchester Dorchester Brighton South Boston Mattapan West Roxbury Hyde Park South Boston Boston Roxbury Boston North End Jamaica Plain South End South End Jamaica Plain South Boston West Roxbury $150,000 209,000 270,000 57,000 431,000 155,000 126,000 431,000 30,000 249,000 105,000 246,000 95,000 359,000 275,000 183,000 230,000 25,000 331,000 69,000 307,000 335,000 172,000 201,000 91,000 234,000 70,000 thirty nine Appendices Sports Programs Program Activity Ages Site Frequency Mayor's Cup Softball 18 & over Smith Field Clifford Park Fall/5 weekends Golf 9-18 George Wright Golf Course Fall/1 weekend Men's Rugby 18 & over Playstead/Franklin Park Fall/1 weekend Women's Rugby 18 & over Smith Field Fall/1 weekend Flag Football 18 & over Hemenway Playground Fall/3 weeks Youth Baseball 7-17 Columbus Summer/2 weekends Junior Golf Golf 9-17 William Devine Golf Course Spring-Fall/15 weeks Development Clinics Soccer 6-18 City-wide Summer/8 weeks Baseball 6-18 City-wide Summer/8 weeks Basketball 6-18 City-wide Summer/8 weeks Hockey 6-18 U/Mass & Northeastern Winter/10 weeks Senior Park League Baseball 18 & over City-wide Spring-Summer/Daily Junior Park League Baseball 18 &over City-wide Spring-Summer/Daily Fast Break League Basketball 18 & under City-wide/BHA Developments Summer/8 weeks Men's Basketball League Basketball 18 & over Comm. Schs. & Rec. Ctrs. Winter/15 weeks Women's Basketball League Basketball 18 & over Comm. Schs. & Rec. Ctrs. Winter/15 weeks Pepsi Hot Shot Basketball 9-18 City-wide Summer-Fall Ebony/Ivory League Basketball 18 & over Lee Playground/Fens Summer/8 weeks Mayor's Youth Olympics Track & Field 6-17 City-wide Summer/8 weeks Hershey Games Track & Field 9-14 Lee Playground/Fens Summer/1 weekend U.S. Youth Games Basketball 9-15 Mass. College of Art Spring-Summer Bowling 9-15 First Boston Ten Pin Swimming 9-15 So. Boston Boys Club Tennis 9-15 Franklin Field Tennis Ctr. Track & Field 9-15 Columbus StadVLee Plgd./Madison Park Volleyball 9-15 Mass. College of Art Fitness Running & Walking Boston Park Rangers All/Ages East Boston Stadium Jamaica Plain High Sch. Columbus Stadium Madison Park High Sch. Spring-Fall Activity Ages Site Frequency Bicycle Tours Bird Watching Environmental Ed Program Fishing Program Horse of Course Program Map and Compass Program Walking Tours Cross-Country Skiing All Ages Emerald Necklace All Ages Emerald Necklace All Ages City-wide All Ages Jamaica Pond/Franklin Park All Ages City-wide All Ages City-wide All Ages Emerald Necklace/Historic Burying Grounds All Ages Franklin Park Spring'Summer'Fall Spring'Summer/Fall Year Round Spring/Summer/Fall Spring/'Summer/Fall Spring/Summer/Fall Spring/Summer/Fall Winter Advisors. Shade Tree Advisory Committee Michael Connor Richard Daley Peter Del Tredici Peter Jackson Charlotte Kahn David Lee General Superintendent- Parks Department Massachusetts Horticultural Society The Arnold Arboretum Metropolitan District Commission Boston Urban Gardeners Stull and Lee Henry Lee Friends of the Public Garden and Common H. Dennis P. Ryan III Department of Landscape Architecture University of Massachusetts Geraldine Weinstein Site Evaluation Consultant Phyllis Andersen Landscape Design Consultant Executive Coordinator, Shade Tree Advisory Committee Emerald Necklace Advisory Committee John Blackwell Isabella Callahan Christine Cooper Stephen Coyle Richard Daley Lorraine Downey Louis Elisa II Paul Faraca Elsa Fitzgerald Robert Fleming John Galvin Bryan Glascock Sarah Hamilton Betsy Johnson Boston Natural Areas Fund Friends of the Muddy River Jamaica Pond Project Boston Redevelopment Authority Massachusetts Horticultural Society The Environment Department Franklin Park Coalition Massachusetts Association of Olmsted Parks Massachusetts Historical Commission City of Boston/Trust Office Boston Parks Commission Boston Conservation Commission MASCO Massachusetts Audubon Society Gary Koller James King Judith McDonough Margaret Noce Tom Pelman Mark Primack John Ramsey Mary Shannon Ed Shoucair Robert Stephenson Ken Wade Mark Watson Jay Woodward Cheryl Yaffe Arnold Arboretum Northeastern University Boston Landmark Commission Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council Massachusetts Water Resources Authority Boston GreenSpace Alliance Boston Foundation Boston Art Commission Restore Olmsted Waterways Boston Fenway Program Roxbury Neighborhood Council DEM/Olmsted Program Town of Brookline Metropolitan District Commission forty one Appendices. Public/Private Partnerships. Site Partner Activity System-Wide Adams Square, Roslindale Angell Memorial Park Arnold Arboretum Boston Common & Public Garden Boston Common Public Garden Charlestown Navy Yard Copley Square Filenes Park The Granary Iacono Statler Park Post Office Square Northeastern University Boston Foundation John Hancock Company Bank of Boston The Beacon Companies Harvard University Friends of The Public Garden Croissants DuJour Parkside Heritage on the Common Boston Redevelopment Authority Copley Sq. Centennial Committee 3-Way: Downtown Crossing, Public Works > Browne Fund 73 Tremont (Leggat-McCall) Stop & Shop Statler Office Building Friends of Post Office Square 5-Year Recreation Master Plan Fund for Parks & Open Space Small Grant Program Running, Walking Fitness Program Maintenance Maintenance Horticultural Museum Stewardship Improvements Horticultural and Maintenance Maintenance Maintenance Horticulture and Maintenance Youth Sailing Site Park Development Maintenance and Endowment Development and Maintenance Capital and Maintenance Maintenance Development and Maintenance Development of self-funding park maintenance forty two Boston Park Partnrrs Organization Facility Neighborhood All Dorchester Sports League Columbus Park South Boston Allston Brighton CDC Rogers Park Brighton Abbotsford Street Neighborhood Association Crawford Street Playground Roxbury Ausonia Council Pvt. John DeFillippo Playground North End Beecher Street Park Coalition Beecher Street Park Jamaica Plain Bird Street Youth Center Ceylon Park Dorchester Boston Titans Athletic Club Washington Park/Malcolm X Roxbury Boston Zoological Society Franklin Park Dorchester/ Jamaica Plain Carter Playground Association, Inc. Carter Playground South End Charlestown Boys and Girls Club Mead Street Park Charlestown Codman Square Community Development Council Wainwright Park Dorchester Colonel Daniel Marr Boys and Girls Club Grampian Way Park Dorchester Commonwealth Tenants Association Overlook Park Brighton Delano Court Organization Poplar Street Park/Delano Street Roslindale Dorchester Park Association Dorchester Park Dorchester East Boston American Little League East Boston Stadium East Boston East Boston National Little League Noyes Park East Boston East Boston Senior Babe Ruth League Noyes Park East Boston East Boston Senior Little League American Legion Playground East Boston Elm Hill Park Improvement Association Elm Hill Park Dorchester Faneuil Tenant Organization McKinney Park Brighton Friends of Hooker Park Roberts Park Allston Friends of the Elliot Norton Park Elliot Norton Park Boston The Friends of Harvard Mall John Harvard Mall Charlestown Friends of the Muddy River, Inc. Muddy River Boston Friends of the Titus Sparrow Titus Sparrow Park South End Hawthorne Youth and Community Center, Inc. Marcella Park/Connolly Park Roxbury The Kennedy Center of Charlestown Doherty Playground Charlestown Latin American Soccer Ceylon Park Dorchester Lena Park CDC-Orchard Park Orchard Park Roxbury Lenox Camden Task Force Neighborhood 'House Ramsey Park Roxbury Mission Main Tenants Task Force, Inc. Sheehy Park Mission Hill Morville House Symphony Park Boston Myrtle Street Playground Myrtle Street Playground Beacon Hill North End Athletic Association Lagone and Puopolo Parks North End North End Seniors Club Polcari Playground North End Operation Food, Inc. Reebe-Jackson Park Mattapan Roxbury Action Program, Inc. Kitteredge Square Roxbury Saint Vincent's Neighborhood Association Father Buckley Playground South Boston Southwest Corridor Community Farm, Inc. Beecher Street and Paul Gore Playground Jamaica Plain Tobin Community School McLaughlin Park Mission Hill Veterans Benefits Clearinghouse, Inc. David L. Ramsey Park Roxbury West Newton Street Tenants Council O'Day Playground South End forty three Appendices Publications. Marketing and Public Information The Marketing unit produced a number of publications and other printed materials that describe various programs available through the Parks Department. All descriptive materials are available by calling the Public Information Office at (617) 725-3328. Publications 1988 •Annual Report 1987 (May 1988) • Summer Calendar of Events (May 1988) • Historic Cemeteries Initiative (May 1988) • Senior Park League Schedule and Roster (June • Urban Planting Series: Floral Plantings in Urban Landscapes (July 1988) • Report on Summer (September 1988) • Nature Book (Park Rangers) (October 1988) • Park Partners Newsletter (October 1988) • Red Sox book (November 1988) • Preserving and Improving Boston's Parks: A Status Report on Recommendations Made by The Greening of Boston (December • Urban Planting Brochure (Planting and Care of your Urban Garden) (February forty four Park Commission William B. Coughlin Commissioner Victoria L Williams Associate Commissioner Lucia David i Associate Commissioner William Walczak Associate Commissioner William Doherty Associate Commissioner Charles Titus Associate Commissioner John Galvin Associate Commissioner Raymond L. Flynn Mayor William B. Coughlin Commissioner Patrick S. Harrington Assistant Commissioner, Administration and Fine Margaret Wall Contract Manager John Ruck Executive Secretary Marie Spagnolo Personnel Officer Justine M. Liff Director, Planning and Development Stanley J. Ivan Chief Engineer Ellen Lipsey Preservation Planner Aimee Boden Director of Marketing Michael P. Quinlin Public Information Officer Paul L. Barrett Gene Survillo Diane Kerrissey Maura Connolly Dorothy Curran Donald E. King Michael D. Connor William Taylor Victoria L. Williams William Linehan Director of Park Programming Director of Boston Park Rangers Deputy Director of Programming Deputy Director of Programming Executive Secretary Director of Maintenance General Superintendent General Superintendent Assistant Commissioner, Regional Administration Regional Administration boston parks and recreation Boston Parks & Recreation Department. Room 806, Boston City Hall, Boston. MA 02201 '^SP"