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Parks & Recreation 




The Tradition Continues 

Boston Parks: 
A Chronology. 


Boston Common became the nation's first 

public open space. 


City charter affirmed that the Common and 
Public Garden could never be sold without a 
vote of the people of Boston. 


The Park Act of 1875 prompted a public dis- 
cussion about establishing a comprehen- 
sive park system in Boston. 


The first swanboats were launched on the 
Public Garden Lagoon by Robert Paget. 


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. 


Olmsted and Charles Sprague Sargeant 
designed the Arnold Arboretum, which 
became part of the park system through an 
arrangement with Harvard University. 


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. 


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. 


A large celebration marked the Boston 
Common tercentenary. 


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. 


The Historic Burying Grounds Initiative was 
established to restore Boston's 16 historic 
cemeteries, which date from 1630 to 1841. 


Mayor Raymond L. Flynn's five year capital 
improvement plan, "Rebuilding Boston," 
committed $99 million for the restoration 
of Boston's parks. 


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. 


Aimee Boden, Director of Marketing 

Writer/Editor: Michael P. Quinlin 
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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 

Letter from Mayor Flynn 

Report From 
The Commissioner 


Open Space Planning 
Master Planning/Management 

Physically Challenged Users 
Tot Lots 

Historic Burying Grounds 


Going to Bat for Kids 

Sail Away 

Staffed Parks 

Free Concerts 

Boston Park Partners 

Off Season and Special Events 


Organizational Improvements 

Capital Improvement Projects 

Turf Maintenance 

Ballfield Prep. 





Budget and Expense Tracking 

Contract Management 




The 99 Steps in The Wilderness area of Franklin Park, Summer, 


Annual Summary of 
Administrator Activities 
Park Partners 
Bilingual Programs 
Field Houses 


Boston Common 

Public Garden 

Commonwealth Avenue Mall 

Park Partners 

Olmsted Crew 

Roxbury Community College 


Financial Data 
Capital Improvements 
Sports Programs 
Boston Park Rangers 

Public/Private Partnerships 
Boston Park Partners 



The 99 Steps in The Wilderness area of Franklin Park, Winter, 1988. 

Park Commission Back Inside Cover 




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 


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 

Planning and 

"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 

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- 

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 

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. 


Programming and 

"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. 


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 

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, 





Programming and 

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 

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. 


Maintenance and 

"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. 


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- 

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 


closely with programming and 
regional staffs on weekends, to mon- 
itor park usage and to handle all 

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 

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. 


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. 


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. 


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 

Budget and Expense 

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. 


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 


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 

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. 


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. 


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 



"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 

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 




flyers leafleted for events 

phone calls to constituents 

surveys of park conditions 

written constituent requests 


light replacement requests 


community meetings 

meetings with police and 

other city and state agencies 

community-sponsored park 


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- 



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. 


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. 


Region I 

(Allston-Brighton, Jamaica Plain, Hyde Park, Mission Hill, Roslindale, West Roxbury) 


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 


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 


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 


"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 

Kathleen McCabe 
Director, Roslindale Village 
Main Street 

Paul McCaffrey at Hardiman Playground opening in Brighton, September, 1988. 

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. 



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 

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. 


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 

Kids swing next to mural painted and 
maintained by neighborhood Park 
Partners at Mozart Street Play Area in 
Jamaica Plain, July, 1988. 

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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 


16. Franklin Park 

17. Harambee Park 

18. Walker Playground 

19. Hunt Playground 

Parks under one acre may not appear on map 

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"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, 

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 

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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 

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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. 

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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 

28. Myrtle Street Playground 

29. Pagoda Park 

30. Elliot Norton Park 

Parks under one acre may not appear on map 


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 

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"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 

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 

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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 

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 

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) 

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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. 


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Region IV. 

(South Boston, South Dorchester) 

South Boston 

1. Lee Playground 

2. Columbus Park 

3. Buckley Playground 

4. Flaherty Playground 

5. Sweeney Playground 

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 


"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 

BillLinehan attends a Dorchester Park Fun Night, August, 1988. 

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 

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. 

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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) 


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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. 

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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 

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"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 




.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. 

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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 

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. 

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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 

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. 

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Improvements . 

Improvements Completed Under the City Capital Plan in 1988 

Park Properly 



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 
South Boston 
South Boston 
East Boston 
Hyde Park 
Jamaica Plain 
South Boston 
West Roxbury 
Hyde Park 
South Boston 
North End 
Jamaica Plain 
South End 
South End 
Jamaica Plain 
South Boston 
West Roxbury 







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Mayor's Cup 


18 & over 

Smith Field Clifford Park 

Fall/5 weekends 



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 



Summer/2 weekends 

Junior Golf 



William Devine Golf Course 

Spring-Fall/15 weeks 

Development Clinics 




Summer/8 weeks 




Summer/8 weeks 




Summer/8 weeks 



U/Mass & Northeastern 

Winter/10 weeks 

Senior Park League 


18 & over 



Junior Park League 


18 &over 



Fast Break League 


18 & under 

City-wide/BHA Developments 

Summer/8 weeks 

Men's Basketball League 


18 & over 

Comm. Schs. & Rec. Ctrs. 

Winter/15 weeks 

Women's Basketball League 


18 & over 

Comm. Schs. & Rec. Ctrs. 

Winter/15 weeks 

Pepsi Hot Shot 





Ebony/Ivory League 


18 & over 

Lee Playground/Fens 

Summer/8 weeks 

Mayor's Youth Olympics 

Track & Field 



Summer/8 weeks 

Hershey Games 

Track & Field 


Lee Playground/Fens 

Summer/1 weekend 

U.S. Youth Games 



Mass. College of Art 




First Boston Ten Pin 



So. Boston Boys Club 



Franklin Field Tennis Ctr. 

Track & Field 


Columbus StadVLee Plgd./Madison Park 



Mass. College of Art 


Running & Walking 

Boston Park 


East Boston Stadium 
Jamaica Plain High Sch. 
Columbus Stadium 
Madison Park High Sch. 






Bicycle Tours 

Bird Watching 

Environmental Ed 


Fishing Program 

Horse of Course 


Map and Compass 


Walking Tours 



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 


All Ages Franklin Park 


Year Round 





Shade Tree Advisory Committee 

Michael Connor 

Richard Daley 
Peter Del Tredici 
Peter Jackson 
Charlotte Kahn 
David Lee 

General Superintendent- Parks 

Massachusetts Horticultural Society 

The Arnold Arboretum 

Metropolitan District Commission 

Boston Urban Gardeners 

Stull and Lee 

Henry Lee 

Friends of the Public Garden and 

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 


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 

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 

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Adams Square, Roslindale 

Angell Memorial Park 

Arnold Arboretum 

Boston Common & Public 

Boston Common 
Public Garden 
Charlestown Navy Yard 
Copley Square 

Filenes Park 

The Granary 
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 


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 

Running, Walking Fitness Program 



Horticultural Museum 

Stewardship Improvements 
Horticultural and Maintenance 



Horticulture and Maintenance 

Youth Sailing Site 

Park Development 
Maintenance and Endowment 

Development and Maintenance 

Capital and Maintenance 


Development and Maintenance 

Development of self-funding park maintenance 

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Boston Park 





All Dorchester Sports League 

Columbus Park 

South Boston 

Allston Brighton CDC 

Rogers Park 


Abbotsford Street Neighborhood Association 

Crawford Street Playground 


Ausonia Council 

Pvt. John DeFillippo Playground 

North End 

Beecher Street Park Coalition 

Beecher Street Park 

Jamaica Plain 

Bird Street Youth Center 

Ceylon Park 


Boston Titans Athletic Club 

Washington Park/Malcolm X 


Boston Zoological Society 

Franklin Park 

Jamaica Plain 

Carter Playground Association, Inc. 

Carter Playground 

South End 

Charlestown Boys and Girls Club 

Mead Street Park 


Codman Square Community Development Council 

Wainwright Park 


Colonel Daniel Marr Boys and Girls Club 

Grampian Way Park 


Commonwealth Tenants Association 

Overlook Park 


Delano Court Organization 

Poplar Street Park/Delano Street 


Dorchester Park Association 

Dorchester Park 


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 


Faneuil Tenant Organization 

McKinney Park 


Friends of Hooker Park 

Roberts Park 


Friends of the Elliot Norton Park 

Elliot Norton Park 


The Friends of Harvard Mall 

John Harvard Mall 


Friends of the Muddy River, Inc. 

Muddy River 


Friends of the Titus Sparrow 

Titus Sparrow Park 

South End 

Hawthorne Youth and Community Center, Inc. 

Marcella Park/Connolly Park 


The Kennedy Center of Charlestown 

Doherty Playground 


Latin American Soccer 

Ceylon Park 


Lena Park CDC-Orchard Park 

Orchard Park 


Lenox Camden Task Force Neighborhood 'House 

Ramsey Park 


Mission Main Tenants Task Force, Inc. 

Sheehy Park 

Mission Hill 

Morville House 

Symphony Park 


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 


Roxbury Action Program, Inc. 

Kitteredge Square 


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 


West Newton Street Tenants Council 

O'Day Playground 

South End 

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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 

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William B. Coughlin 


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 


William B. Coughlin 


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 

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 

Deputy Director of 

Deputy Director of 

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"