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ANNUAL REPORT 1999-2000 



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BOSTON PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT 



MISSION STATEMENT 






r\s caretaker of the city's open space, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department 
oversees 2,200 acres of park land including 215 parks and playgrounds, 65 squares, 
urban woodlands and street trees, three active cemeteries, 16 historic burying grounds, 
and two golf courses. In addition to maintaining the historic integrity of such famous 
landmarks as Boston Common, The Public Garden, and the other parks comprising 
Frederick Law Olmsted's Emerald Necklace, the Parks Department services and 
upgrades facilities ranging from neighborhood tot lots to the 527-acre Franklin Park. 

• he Department also programs a wide range of sports, community events, and live 
entertainment in the parks under its jurisdiction. The Boston Park Rangers act as the 
Department's eyes and ears, offering interpretive programming and recreational walks, 
talks, and bike rides while enhancing public safety. Appointed by the Mayor, the 
Boston Parks Commission serves as the policy-making citizen body that oversees the 
operation of the Department and considers matters of public concern. 




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oin us as we celebrate the 



accomplishments of the past two years 
including visions for a cleaner, greener 
future for our parks and playgrounds. 



Dear Friend, 

x\s we approached the new Millennium, our park system reflected both the 
city's past and our plans for the future. Heading into the new century, the 
eyes of the world were on Boston as the Parks and Recreation Department and 
the City welcomed the Ail-Star Game, the Ryder Cup, and the Davis Cup 
during 1999. The year 2000 was ushered in with fireworks on Boston 
Common and progressed with The Pops in Franklin Park, Art on the Emerald 
Necklace, and the ongoing citywide B2K celebration. 

During the two years covered in this report, our historic parks began a 
comprehensive renewal process while new open spaces were created on 
reclaimed lands in West Roxbury, East Boston, and Hyde Park. Throughout 
this time period, the men and women of the Boston Parks and Recreation 
Department continued to fulfill their mandate of maintaining, programming, 
and preserving our open space. Join us as we celebrate the accomplishments 
of the past two years including visions for a cleaner, greener future for our 
parks and playgrounds. 

Sincerely, 



Thomas M. Menino 
Mayor of Boston 



BOSTON PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT 



ANNUAL REPORT 19992000 



Dear Friend, 

J. he work of the Boston Parks and Recreation Department can 
be measured in steps both great and small throughout the city, from 
the Major League-quality red beam clay on our baseball diamonds 
to the delicate plantings that grace The Public Garden. Our tot lots 
are state-of-the-art. Our athletic facilities are being used to near 
capacity by individuals and neighborhood sports leagues. Our arts 
and recreation programming are national models, and our park acreage 
continues to grow. 

This is my opportunity to thank all the Parks Department staff for their 
ongoing commitment to our open space and the people of Boston. The 
report that follows documents their work and much of what we have 
achieved as a team during 1999 and 2000. 

To the community, we express our gratitude for all the partnerships 
that help us accomplish our goals. Boston's parks are a tribute to the 
civic-minded businesses, organizations, institutions, and individuals 
that support them. 

Sincerely, 



Pwtv^y>7-z^ — 



Justine M. Lift 



Commissioner 




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I oston's parks are a tribute to the civic- 
minded businesses, organizations, institutions, 
and individuals that support them. 



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BOSTON PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT 



INTRODUCTION 



PLANTING FOR TOMORROW: 



Xn August 2000, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department received 
national recognition in a USA Today article saluting the top urban park 
systems in the country. Boston was proclaimed one of three "4-star" US 
cities by Inside City Parks, a study published by The Trust for Public Land 
and The Urban Land Institute. 

The article reported that Boston "is a good example of how densely 
populated cities with seemingly little space can find creative ways to improve 
their park systems." Among the highlights cited were the creation of 
Millennium Park on a former landfill in West Roxbury, the ongoing 
rehabilitation of Frederick Law Olmsted's Emerald Necklace, and the 
formation of creative partnerships to sustain and maintain City parks. 
Boston's high ranking was further solidified by the acreage of open 
space per capita and dollars spent on parks per capita. 



Boston "is a good example of how densely 
populated cities with seemingly little 
space can find creative ways to improve 
their park systems. " 

From Inside City Parks, a study published by The Trust for 
Public Land and The Urban Land Institute. 



The Emerald Necklace an 
Dredging the Muddy Rive 





Vjver 100 years ago, a group of civic-minded 
individuals contributed to the emerging park 
movement by creating an open space legacy 
that has become known as the Emerald Necklace 
park system. 

Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the 
premier landscape architect of the 19th century, 



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TAKING CARE OF OUR PARKS AND PLAYGROUNDS 



Emerald Necklace and the 
Muddy River, continued 




the Emerald Necklace was created as a passive 
greenway which preserved the natural features of 
water and topography in an area where such 
features were rapidly disappearing as a result of 
growing urbanization. This parkland quickly 
became a refuge for city dwellers in the late 19th 
and early 20th centuries. 

The Muddy River meanders for 3.5 miles through 
these parklands from its headwaters at Jamaica 
Pond to the Charles River. Along the way, it flows 
through Ward's Pond, Willow Pond, and Leverett 
Pond in Olmsted Park. The river continues through 
the Riverway and into pipes beneath the former 
Sears parking lot to an underground gatehouse at 



TAKING CARE OF OUR PARKS AND PLAYGROUNDS 

louring 1999 and 2000, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department 
continued to fulfill its primary responsibility for the management of open 
space resources and recreation facilities throughout the city. As we entered 
the new Millennium, parks continued to serve as cherished resources providing 
recreation, education, and celebration to Boston's residents and visitors. 

Taking care of parks and playgrounds is the major responsibility of the 
Department's Maintenance Division and Design and Construction Unit. 

Based in Franklin Park, the Maintenance Division accounts for nearly 
half of the Department's annual budget. The 1 61 men and women of the 
Maintenance Division oversee 215 parks, playgrounds, and athletic fields 
covering over 2,200 acres. In addition, maintenance crews are responsible 
for 65 squares, 1 7 fountains, 75 game courts, 58,000 street trees, and 200 
acres of urban wilds and non-traditional open space properties. 

The Division undertook a large equipment replenishment program in 
1999 and 2000 supported by the City of Boston Capital Fund. Over $1.3 
million of equipment was purchased including five-ton vehicles, trailers, 
lawn-cutting machines, heavy tree maintenance equipment, and various 
other vehicles. This equipment expenditure provides the people on the front 
lines of park maintenance with state-of-the-art machinery needed in order 
to keep open spaces clean, green, and safe. 



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TAKING CARE OF OUR PARKS AND PLAYGROUNDS 





During 1999 and 2000, the Division's Park Line - (617) 635-PARK - fielded 
over 8,000 calls annually, including an average of 3,200 tree maintenance 
requests per year. The Park Line provides constituents with a direct link to 
the Maintenance Division to report problems, request tree plantings and 
inspections, find answers to questions on park 
and open space conditions, and receive infor- 
mation on volunteer opportunities in our parks. 



Through the Design and Construction Unit, 
the Department focuses on the capital repair 
and upgrade of park facilities, promoting quality 
experiences for park users and the durability of 
park infrastructure. These efforts require cyclical 
capital reinvestment in parks, play lots, 
athletic fields, and courts. Each year the 
Department refurbishes up to 30 park sites and 
upgrades dozens of fields, courts, and play lots. 



Do you wont a tree planted on your street? 
Does your local park need some special 
attention? For any and all maintenance 
and tree requests, we have a convenient 
constituent services phone line at 
(617) 635-PARK. Calling the Park Line 
will put you directly in touch with the 
Maintenance Division at Franklin Park. 
All citizens are encouraged to use the 
Park Line to ask for assistance with 
maintenance issues or to report a problem. 



Emerald Necklace and the 
Muddy River, continued 

Brookline Avenue. A portion of the flow enters the 
underground Muddy River conduit beneath 
Brookline Avenue to the Charles River near 
Kenmore Square, while the rest of the flow enters 
the Back Bay Fens. Passing beneath the bridge at 
Boylston Street, the river enters the Charlesgate 
area before it passes through conduits under 
Storrow Drive, emptying into the Charles River. 

Over the years, this refuge has been threatened by 
changes in adjacent land use, periodic flooding, intru- 
sion by automobiles, pollution, overuse by the general 
public, and periods of deferred maintenance. 

For over a decade, the City of Boston and the 
Town of Brookline have been working in partnership 
with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to 
preserve the Emerald Necklace park system. The 
result of this partnership has been a comprehensive 
planning process, heightened public awareness, and 
the commitment of federal, state, and local funds 
directed at physical preservation work in the 
Emerald Necklace. 

Foremost among the design objectives is to 
establish the visible continuity of the watercourse, 



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SIGNATURE PARKS 



Emerald Necklace and the 
Muddy River, continued 



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thereby restoring the original intent of a "chain 
of pleasant waters" and reviving the genius of 
Olmsted's vision in creating a continuous park 
system in an urban area. 

Since the fall of 1996, the Muddy River has 
flooded three times, causing damage to residences, 
businesses and institutions in Boston and Brookline. 
These events have brought an urgency to restore the 
river as a means of controlling area flooding and as 
a step in implementing the Emerald Necklace 
Master Plan of landscape and historic resource 
treatments to undo the effects of erosion, storm 
damage, and neglect. 

The Muddy River Restoration Project is Phase I 
of the 1999 Emerald Necklace Master Plan. Its 
objectives include improvement of water quality 
and flood control, enhancement of aquatic/riparian 
habitat, treatment of landscape and historic 
resources, and implementation of recognized 
Best Management Practices. 

The objective of flood control is to improve the 
flow characteristics of the river so that it has the 
capacity to pass major storm flows such as the flood 



Where appropriate, facilities are renovated or redeveloped to respond to 
changing community needs and historic parks are restored and adapted to 
21st century use. The Department also works with the community, seeking 
opportunities to promote and develop new open space initiatives that will 
expand the City's park infrastructure. Examples include work in urban wilds, 
vacant lots, and community gardens. In addition, the Department's street tree 
program replaces and supplements tree plantings on an annual basis, 
preserving and strengthening the vitality of the City's urban forest. 

SIGNATURE PARKS 

Boston Common, The Public Garden, and Commonwealth Avenue Mall 



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'uring 1999 and 2000 a significant amount of work was completed on 
Boston Common, which will enable the Department to better manage and 
maintain its verdure. Cusick Field was completely renovated and an irrigation 
system was installed. Through partnerships with the Massachusetts Convention 
Center Authority and Millennium Partners, the Parade Ground and the Parkman 
Bandstand area also received new irrigation systems. The new Parkman Crew, 
a team of horticulture workers dedicated to the Emerald Necklace parks, 
established a higher level of maintenance in these signature parks. 

In The Public Garden, refurbished statuary and the introduction of giant 
palms to complement existing tropical plants recalled the splendor of the 
Victorian Age. 



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Emerald Necklace and the 
Muddy River, continued 



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Millennium Park, West Roxbury 



The Department's ongoing improvement plans for In The Public Garden, 

Commonwealth Avenue Mall included the installation of an refurbished statuary and 

electrical and irrigation system for the full length of the mall. A the introduction of giant 

contract to reestablish the turf was put in place and the partnership palms to complement 
with the community thrived along with the trees and lawns. existing tropical plants 

recalled the splendor of 
the Victorian Age. 

In November 2000, 100 acres of new parkland were 
dedicated on the banks of the Charles River at the site of the former Gardner 
Street Landfill in West Roxbury. Millennium Park includes more than 25 acres 
of multi-use athletic fields, nature trails, a fully-accessible canoe launch on 
the Charles River, parking for 350 vehicles, six miles of pathways, a children's 
play area, an amphitheater, and picnic areas. Recycled materials were used 
throughout the park including 450,000 cubic yards of soil excavated from 
the Big Dig and water from the Charles River for sports field irrigation. 




of 1996. Today, the flow in the Muddy River is 
sluggish and the river and ponds have become silted 
in with sediment from urban roadways and other 
development. Underground pipes at the former 
Sears parking lot and Fens Bridge replaced open 
river sections and are inadequate to pass major flood 
flows. Other flow restrictions have occurred as 
invasive species of vegetation have proliferated 
along the banks and shallow open waters and 
caused the narrowing of the watercourse. 



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SIGNATURE PARKS 



Emerald Necklace and the 
Muddy River, continued 



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Flood control strategies under consideration 
include exposing the river where it is now 
contained by pipes (e.g. at the Sears parking lot 
and near Avenue Louis Pasteur), removing built-up 
sediments by dredging, increasing the capacity of 
the remaining culverts, and restoring the river cross- 
section by removal of invasive vegetation that has 
restricted the flow width. 

The water quality objective is the improvement of 
water quality in the river itself and the improvement 
of the quality of storm water entering the river from 
local storm drainage systems. Water quality in the 
Muddy River has been impacted by urban storm 
water runoff, which carries sand, sediments, and 
various pollutants from streets and parking areas into 
the river. The low flow rate during dry weather does 
not allow for the flushing of the channel. At the 
Boston Gatehouses in the Back Bay Fens, combined 
sewage from the Stony Brook conduit can enter the 
waterway during and after major storms. 

In related projects, the Boston Water & Sewer 
Commission (BWSC) has been mitigating the 
impacts of the combined sewer overflow to the Fens, 



Reservation Road Park, Hyde Park 

The completion and opening of this new $2.9 million park in the fall of 
2000 transformed a degraded industrial site into a first-class, multi-use park. 
The new facility provides an artificial turf playing field for football and soccer, 
a state-of-the-art skateboard park, and a system of nature trails and picnic 
areas along 1,500 feet of the scenic Mother Brook shoreline abutting the site. 

Tubman Square, South End 

The completion of Tubman Square provided an attractive park and a 
proper setting to memorialize the life of Harriet Tubman, the prominent 
heroine of the Underground Railroad whose historic efforts led to the freedom 
of many former slaves. The park represents one of the few instances in which 
a woman's history and legacy are memorialized within a public site and a 
notable first for an African-American woman. 



Tubman Square provided 
a proper setting to 
memorialize the life of 
Harriet Tubman (left), 
and Mayor Menino joined 
former Boston Celtic Bill 
Russell for a presentation 
at new courts named in 
his honor at Roberts 
Playground in Dorchester. 




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In May 2000, 
Mayor Menino 
unveiled a new tot 
lot at McLaughlin 
Playground on 
Mission Hill. 



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Muddy River, continued 



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McLaughlin Playground, Mission Hill 

In May 2000, Mayor Menino unveiled a new tot lot at McLaughlin 
Playground on Mission Hill. Site improvements included new paving, 
landscaping, two pear trees, and the installation of two age-appropriate, state- 
of-the art children's play structures with swings, slides, and climbing bars. In 
addition, the adjacent blacktop was painted with classic schoolyard games 
including hopscotch and tic-tac-toe. 

Bill Russell Basketball Courts, Dorchester 

In June 2000, Mayor Menino joined former Boston Celtic Bill Russell for 
the presentation of a $25,000 check from the Celtics and NStar funding new 
courts named in his honor at Roberts Playground in Dorchester. The Bill 
Russell Basketball Courts include a restored playing surface and new lights, 
rims, nets, backboards, and standards. In addition, aluminum bleachers were 
installed for spectators. 

Edgerly Road Playground, Fenway 

The Department installed a new children's play lot at Edgerly Road 
Playground, which was enhanced with a mini-amphitheater. Neighborhood 



while the Town of Brookline has eliminated the 
discharge of combined sewage into drains that flow 
into the river. BWSC is also about to embark on a 
project to inventory and better maintain its catch 
basins, which will help to reduce the volume of 
sediment reaching the Muddy River. Additional 
water quality improvements will include the removal 
of sediments in the river and ponds as well as the 
implementation of Best Management Practices that 
will improve the quality of storm water entering the 
river and reduce the inflow of sedi m ent. 




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SIGNATURE PARKS 



Emerald Necklace and the 
Muddy River, continued 



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The diverse and varied plantings designed by 
Olmsted created a rich habitat for a variety of birds, 
mammals, invertebrates, hsh, amphibians, and 
reptiles. This habitat has been degraded since 
Olmsted's day through the loss of vegetation and the 
overgrowth of invasive species, such as phragmites , 
Japanese knotweed and purple loosestrife. The 
project will enhance the habitat through the removal 
of invasives and replacement with a diverse cross- 
section of plantings including emergents, wetland 
species, low and high shrubs, and trees. 

The objective of treatment of landscape and 
historic resources includes the protection of 
existing resources and the development of 
appropriate historic landscape treatments for areas 
disturbed by this project. 

The project will include the preparation of an 
historic landscape treatment plan based on the 
Emerald Necklace Master Plan. A portion of the 
landscape work will be implemented as part of the 
Phase I flood control improvements, particularly as 
replacement and mitigation for the impacts of 
construction equipment and activities in the park. 




children assisted the City in developing and 
painting a new mural that faces into the park. 

Pine Street Playground, Chinatown 

In Chinatown, where open space is at a 
minimum, a parking lot was transformed into an 
inner-city playground with a basketball court for 
neighborhood teenagers. 

Red Beam Clay 



In 1998, Mayor Menino pledged to renovate the 
City's ball diamonds with red beam clay within five 
years. In 1999 and 2000, the Parks Department's 
nural at Edgerly Road Playground Maintenance Division refurbished 76 ball diamonds 

at 37 parks and two high schools with the material, 
offering players a Major League-quality playing surface in neighborhood 
parks. In 2001, 26 more ball diamonds are scheduled to be renovated, with 
the remainder slated to be finished by the summer of 2002. 

Horticulture 

The Horticulture Division staff moved into the new Millennium with Green 
School, a commercial horticulture education program offered by the University 
of Massachusetts Extension Service to enhance staff skills in plant and soil 



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Muddy River, continued 



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science and integrated pest management. The Parkman Crew focused on 
specialized plantings evoking the glories of Olmsted's original plans for the 
Emerald Necklace. The greenhouses at Franklin Park operated year-round to 
ensure that the City's parks were filled with colorful flowers and plantings 
during the spring, summer, and fall. 1999 and 2000 Horticulture Division 
highlights include: 

• Thirty flower beds were decorated for Memorial Day, an average of 80 
to 100 flower beds were planted for the summer, and 70,000 tulip and 
daffodil bulbs were planted in the fall. 

• Beautification remained a priority in 1999 and 2000 as the 
Horticulture Division undertook its annual planting of 20,000 pansy 
plants for early spring color. 

• The Division distributed and filled 400 concrete planters, 730 30-inch 
pots, and 400 16-inch hanging pots mounted on light poles citywide. 

• To keep plantings thriving and vibrant, the Division operated three full- 
time large water trucks during the growing season and one small truck 
on a part-time basis. 

• Twenty-five thousand pots of seedlings were distributed to community 
groups each spring for their own planting and maintenance. 




The Mayor and Commissioner signing the 
Memorandum of Agreement spearheading 
the dredging of the Muddy River 

Additional landscape and historic work will 
be done during Phases II and III. 

The first step in this project, an Environmental 
Notification Form, was submitted to the 
Massachusetts Secretary of Environmental Affairs 
in January 1999. Following the receipt of the 
Secretary's Certificate in mid-1999, which called 
for the preparation of an Environmental Impact 
Report (EIR), solicitations for consultant services 
were advertised. In February 2000, Camp, Dresser 
& McKee Inc. (CDM) was contracted for 
Engineering Design/EIR Preparation, while 



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NEW OPEN SPACE AND THE ENVIRONMENT 



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Muddy River, continued 



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Parsons Brinckerhoff was contracted for project 
management services. 

During 2000, CDM began the surveys, data 
collection, analyses, and preliminary design 
needed to begin preparation of the E1R. To guide 
the preparation of the EIR for the Muddy River 
Restoration Project, the Emerald Necklace Citizens 
Advisory Committee (CAC) was established by the 
Massachusetts Secretary of Environmental Affairs. 
The central role of the CAC is to advise the 
Secretary of proposed means and measures to 
minimize damage to the environment while 
achieving the project goals. In addition, the CAC's 
task is to review proposed activities, comment on 
the feasibility of different approaches and their 
likely environmental impacts, and assist the 
proponent in generating and reviewing alternatives 
which would avoid or minimize damage to the 
environment. Between September 1999 and 
December 2000, the CAC met 14 times to discuss 
the various elements of the project. 



NEW OPEN SPACE AND THE ENVIRONMENT 
Central Artery/Tunnel Project 

X he Department plays a role in the Central Artery/Tunnel (CA/T) Project 
with a full-time Landscape Architect/Planner charged with the day-to-day 
coordination of issues regarding the planning, design and construction of 
the open spaces being created by this $14 billion public works project. 

Downtown Corridor 

Within the next few years, the depression of the Central Artery will grace 
the downtown area with nearly 30 acres of new land, 75 percent of which will 
be open space. The Department is working hard to ensure that these newly 
created spaces meet the expectations and needs of city residents and visitors 
and that the parklands built will be properly maintained. 

In concert with various city departments, state agencies, private 
enterprises, advocates, and residents, the Department provides input to the 
planning process through research and plan review. The Department serves on 
the Mayor's Central Artery Completion Task Force responding to issues of 
design, program, governance, maintenance, and funding. 

As a member of this group, the Department plays a role in advising the 
Central Artery Legislative Commission created in 2000 to address the issues of 
governance and finance for the Central Artery Open Spaces. In addition, it 
supports the Department of Transportation and the Boston Redevelopment 
Authority as members of the Central Artery Master Plan Steering Committee. 



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NEW OPEN SPACE AND THE ENVIRONMENT 




artist's rendering and maps 
courtesy ofbigdig.com 



q,next few years, the 
depression of the Central Artery will 
grace the downtown area with 
nearly 30 acres of new land, 75 
percent of which will be open space. 



Key issues that the Department continues to work on are the need 
for adequate maintenance facilities within or abutting the new open space 
parcels, the development of public/private partnerships for programming and 
maintenance, and the creation of a sustainable funding stream model. 

Spectacle Island Park 

In 1999 and 2000, work to create the 105-acre Spectacle Island Park 
moved forward as a City of Boston landfill on the site was capped with over 
3.6 million cubic yards of CA/T fill. When completed, the island park will 
feature over five miles of accessible trails, two beaches, 100 acres of potential 
wildlife habitat, and a pier that will act as the hub of Harbor Island ferry 
transportation services. As the island's joint owners, the Department and the 
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management have worked with 
the Project on the construction of a visitor center and marina to provide 
Boston residents with an incomparable harbor island experience just minutes 
from the mainland. 



Completed EmeraL 
Necklace Projects 



The Riverway 

i he pedestrian path from the Back Bay Mainten- 
ance Yard to Netherlands Road was restored and 
new Emerald Necklace benches were installed. The 
project emphasized the re-grading of the pathway at 
Netherlands Road in order to meet accessibility 
standards and funding was augmented by a grant 
from the Massachusetts Historical Commission's 
Massachusetts Preservation Projects Fund. These 
additional monies enabled the Department to add 
rehabilitation plantings at the Chapel and Bridle 
Path Bridges, the Brookline Avenue culvert, and the 
Cove Bridge at Leverett Pond. 




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OPEN SPACE ACQUISITION PLAN 



Completed Emerald 
Necklace Projects, continued 




Jamaica Pond 

A federal grant program entitled the Intermodal 
Surface Transportation Efficiency Act 
Enhancement Program (ISTEA) funded the 
restoration of Jamaica Pond's shoreline including 
the installation of plants, shrubs, and trees, a 
bikeway connection between the Jamaicaway and 
Chestnut Street along Perkins Street, and an 
underground storm water interceptor. The 
Massachusetts Department of Environmental 
Management funded understory woodland 
restoration near the Pinebank hillside. 



OPEN SPACE ACQUISITION PLAN 

An 1995, Mayor Menino announced a $250,000 annual allocation to fund the 
acquisition of appropriate property for open space. An Open Space Acquisition 
Policy was prepared and an advisory board named to implement this effort. With 
consideration given to site locations, community partnerships, and grant sources, 
the fund has been leveraged to provide six new parks for the City with other 
potential sites currently under consideration. Productive partnerships continue 
to be a hallmark of the acquisition program, especially with community groups 
that assist the Department in planning and maintaining the sites. 

Ramler Park 

In partnership with the Fenway Civic Association, this half-acre site 
on Peterborough Street in the West Fenway became public parkland. The 
site was a gift from private owners with Open Space Acquisition funds used 
for site analysis, legal costs, and other expenses as the former parking 

lot became part of the 
Department's inventory. 



Ramler Park, a half-acre 
site on Peterborough 
Street in the West Fenway, 
became public parkland. 




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OPEN SPACE ACQUISITION PLAN 



Forbes Street Tot Lot 

This Jamaica Plain site consists of two vacant lots that were acquired and 
will be transformed into a play lot. The plans for the site have been welcomed 
by residents in a neighborhood that has many children but lacks a play lot. 

Stonehill Park 

This Hyde Park greenspace was originally part of a federal government 
housing development for Coast Guard personnel. When the Coast Guard left, 
the housing was sold to private homeowners and the Department acquired the 
park, which contains a play lot as well as passive areas. The park is slated to 
be rebuilt to current standards. 



The Future 

Currently the Open Space Acquisition Program is 
considering a number of potential sites throughout 
Boston. One aspect of the acquisition process is short- 
term "land banking" allowing the Department to obtain 
sites before they are lost to other uses. The challenge is 
to fit these sites into the park system so that they can 
be developed into useful greenspace while continuing 
to forge the community partnerships necessary to 
assure the success of each added parcel. 



Do you have a site in your 
neighborhood that has the 
potential to be developed as open 
space? For information on the 
application and review process, 
please call the Open Space 
Acquisition Advisory Committee 
at (61 7) 635-4505, ext. 6223. 



Completed Emerald Necklace 

Projects, continued ^ 

Franklin Park 

The Department worked with the Emerald 
Necklace Conservancy to establish a Woodlands 
Program for the Emerald Necklace. Focusing on 
Franklin Park, grants were secured and a few early 
action projects were completed such as understory 
plantings along Loop Road in the Wilderness, the 
historic replanting at the Hagboume Hill 100 Steps 
(also in the Wilderness), and extensive tree pruning. 
Future work will include a rehabilitation master plan 
for the park's woodlands. As the year 2000 drew to 
a close, a process to develop a management plan for 
Franklin Park's open spaces was well underway. 




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URBAN WILDS PROGRAM 



/"\s the city prepared for the arrival of the 
new Millennium, the Department and its 
partners joined Mayor Menino to assure that 
the celebrations would have a lasting and positive 
effect on Boston's parks and programs. 




Boston's Ryder Cup Celebration 

In 1999, the world of professional golf focused on 
Boston as the Ryder Cup came to The Country Club 
in neighboring Brookline. Mayor Menino launched 
the City of Boston's Ryder Cup Celebration with an 
opening reception at Franklin Park for corporate 
sponsors and supporters including recognition of 
The Country Club's donation of 300 Ryder Cup 
tickets to benefit youth sports in Boston. 

The City created 30 corporate packages with the 
assistance of Woolf Associates that included Ryder 




The Program has 
developed an application 
process followed by staff site 
visits and analysis of the 
proximity of existing parks, 
the cost of the property, the 
feasibility of its intended use, 
potential environmental 

issues, and the existence of a community-based partnership with the 

Department for creating and maintaining green space. 

Interested citizens can submit potential sites for review by the Open Space 
Acquisition Advisory Committee. Following that review, acquisition is either 
initiated or declined. 



URBAN WILDS PROGRAM 

X he Urban Wilds Program staff worked with the Department's planning staff 
to compile the environmental analysis and urban wilds-related components of 
the Boston Open Space Plan. This work will then be further developed into a 
stand-alone Urban Wilds Master Plan, with some guidance provided by an 
inter-agency review committee. The master plan will provide descriptions and 



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assessments of all City-owned urban wild sites and present a prioritized plan 
for their management, restoration, and continued protection as undeveloped 
natural areas. 

Condor Street Beach/Belle Isle Fish Co., East Boston 

Phase II and III reports were compiled in accordance with Department of 
Environmental Protection (DEP) regulations and are nearing completion in 
order to be submitted in 2001 . The Program staff worked closely with DEP to 
develop the soil remediation and site restoration plans for both sites. Upon 
DEP approval of the plans, the Department will be ready to move ahead with 
permitting and preparation of bid packages. This is expected to begin in the 
winter of 2002. 

The project has been presented to the Browne Fund and received a grant of 
$125,000 to pay for a boardwalk and viewing platform as part of the site 
restoration. The Program worked with state and federal regulatory agencies 
and representatives from the ship Posevino to secure funding from the Posevina 
oil spill. These discussions are ongoing at this time. 

Puddingstone Garden, Roxbury 

Based on neighborhood concerns, the Urban Wilds staff undertook a 
community-based design process to gather consensus for the rehabilitation of 
this unique and neglected site. This design process is being led by a volunteer 
landscape design team from the Radcliffe Institute's Community Outreach 
Program. To date, one community meeting has been held to review 



Cup tickets along with a week-long list of activities 
and amenities including tee times at Franklin Park, 
refreshments, transportation to and from the Ryder 
Cup, and participation in the Black & White on 
Green Golf Tournament. Sale of these packages 
helped establish a $600,000 endowment for the 
Youth Sports Legacy Fund, Mayor Menino's new 
initiative to support healthy sports activities for the 
children of Boston. 

Major League Baseball All-Star Game 

The summer of 1999 was thrilling for baseball 
fans as the Major League Baseball All-Star Game 
came to Fenway Park in July. To mark the 
occasion, the Boston Red Sox donated a grant to 
the City for the creation of a legacy field for the 
children of Boston. The result was Jim Rice Field, 
a scaled-down replica of Fenway Park built at 
Ramsay Park in Roxbury. Mayor Menino joined 
Jim Rice and the Red Sox for the opening of the 
facility, which includes miniature versions of 
Fenway's facade, the infamous Green Monster, and 
bleachers for up to 150 spectators. 



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Other Millennium Celebrations 

IM ew Year's Eve 2000 was welcomed with a family 
parade and fireworks over Boston Common, the 
first time that the City hosted such a display in our 
flagship park. The celebration continued in July 
with 16 days of extraordinary events. The Institute 
of Contemporary Art's/Vita Brevis program collabo- 
rated with the Department to present Art on the 
Emerald Necklace, an unusual outdoor exhibit 
hosted during the summer of 2000. 

Seven internationally-renowned artists created 
temporary works of art that examined and 
responded to Frederick Law Olmsted's legacy, the 
landscapes he created, and the issues of urban 
design and open space. The works ranged from 
Ellen Driscoll's Meanderlink, a color Olmsted- 
inspired banner that flew 1,000 feet above the 
Emerald Necklace during several weekends in July 
and August, to Cornelia Parker's At the Bottom ol 
This Lake, the placement of a pair of meteorites 
underwater at Leverett Pond and the Back Bay Fens. 

On July 9, 2000, 10,000 music fans flocked to The 
Playstead in Franklin Park for the historic Pops in 



the site's existing conditions and solicit the concerns of neighbors. The design 
team will present a plan for site improvements, pending Department review 
and consultation. This plan will also serve as a fundraising and outreach tool 
with the recommended improvements to be implemented incrementally over 
the next two years. To begin this process, the Urban Wilds Program has 
collaborated with the Community Outreach Program on submitting a grant to 
the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management for tree care 
and other site improvements. 

Chandler Pond Shoreline Stabilization, Brighton 

Completed in July 2000, the stabilization project included the planting of 
2,750 native wetland plants and shrubs and placement of fiber matting with a 
growth medium along selected areas of the shoreline. These plantings have 
allowed the soil to stabilize and improve wildlife habitat; they will be 
monitored for several years to document the success of the project. Five 
interpretive signs were installed around the pond to help the public understand 
the purpose of the plantings. The preventive project was funded in part by a 
grant from the Massachusetts Lake and Pond Program and the Chandler Pond 
Landscape Improvement Project. 

With the help of City and State funding, the 13-acre pond was dredged 
and improved to remove accumulated sediments and noxious weed growth 
that had threatened to choke and severely degrade this important remaining 
pond in Brighton. The dredging operation removed 30,000 cubic yards of soil 
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growth. Overall, the undesirable eutrophication process has been reversed, 
water depths have been increased from 2 to 3 feet, and the pond environment 
has been improved greatly for general recreation and wildlife purposes. 

Millennium Park, West Roxbury 

The Urban Wilds Program staff worked on the creation and interpretation 
of several native wildlife habitat components at this new park including 
overseeing the seeding of native grassland species in limited areas, compilation 
of a wetland restoration plan for a five-acre floodplain forest along the Charles 
River, and planning for a self-guiding nature trail around the landfill perimeter. 

Allandale Woods, Roslindale „„.,, _ , 

Millennium Park, 

The Urban Wilds Program staff compiled a natural resource West Roxbury, 

inventory, mapping, and ecological management plan for Allandale before and after 

Woods, which is Boston's largest and most important urban wild site. restoration. 






Franklin Park performance by conductor Keith 
Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. 
Part of the citywide B2K Millennium Celebration, 
the concert marked the Pops' first performance in 
the park in 32 years. The program included the 
Boston Pops Gospel Choir (with guest conductor 
Charles Floyd) and Lockhart conducting George 
Walker's "Lyric" for string orchestra, "Stars and 
Stripes Forever", and selections from Stravinksy's 
"Firebird Suite". 

In addition, Cavalcade of Cod was presented 
citywide as part of the B2K Millennium Celebration. 
One hundred 5'5" molded fiberglass cod were 
decorated by artists and local celebrities and 
displayed at select sites around Boston. Following 
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Millennium Moments, continued 

benefiting over 35 charities. The Department 
sponsored three fish representing greenspace, 
sports, and the arts. 




2000 Trees in 2000 

The Department's Tree Planting Program reached 
an historic goal of planting 2,000 street trees in the 
year 2000 as a special milestone and commemor- 
ation of the millennial year. The additional trees will 
help to improve the environment and strengthen the 
vitality of the city's urban forest. 




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'uring 1999 and 2000 the Cemetery Division and the Historic Burying 
Grounds Initiative (HBGI) coordinated their operations to take better 
advantage of each unit's strengths. As a result, the Cemetery Division has 
benefited from the HBGI's planning process while the HBGI has improved 
maintenance of its burying grounds thanks to the Cemetery Division. The 32 
men and women of the Cemetery Division are responsible for providing burial 
services for City of Boston residents. The Division manages burial records for 
over 250,000 gravesites and maintains approximately 250 acres of cemetery 
land. The Cemetery Division performs approximately 1,000 burials per year 
and collects over $500,000 annually in revenue. 

The Department's Cemetery Division developed a Preservation Master 
Plan for all three active cemeteries. This master plan serves as a guide for 
preventative maintenance and preservation techniques such as a $50,000 
annual tree maintenance program, which removes dead and diseased trees 
and replaces them with new plantings. 



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The Cemetery Division 

performs approximately 

1,000 burials per year and . . 

In addition, the Division drafted an Inspection Program 

collects over $500,000 .. ,. .. . .. ,., . . , . . . 

designed to provide objective evaluations of the sixteen historic 

annually in revenue. . . , , .. , . T , 

cemeteries and the three active cemeteries. The program 

measures quality control, establishes standards of accountability for personnel, and serves 

as a work plan integrated with the master plans for the HBGI and the active cemeteries. 

The Division instituted a specifically designed work crew assigned to Boston's 16 
historic cemeteries. Similar to the historic cemeteries, the active cemeteries started a 
beautification program by increasing the number and size of its planting beds. 
Additionally, the active cemeteries have implemented an aggressive lawn care program. 

The HBGI is a public/private venture administered by the Department for the 
comprehensive restoration, ongoing conservation, and heritage interpretation of Boston's 
16 historic burying grounds. Officially established in 1985, HBGI has invested over $4 
million to preserve Boston's historic cemeteries. Numerous capital improvement projects 
were undertaken during 1999 and 2000, many of which were partially funded by grants. 

In partnership with the Carpenters Union, the Cemetery Division designed, and 
the students of the Carpenters Union built, 1 2 planters that can be seen at Westerly 
Burying Ground in West Roxbury, Dorchester South Burying Ground in South Dorchester, 
Dorchester North Burying Ground in North Dorchester, Market Street Burying Ground in 
Brighton, and Bennington Street Cemetery in East Boston. Additionally, an aggressive 
turf maintenance schedule was developed for the grounds at these historical sites. 

The Urn Garden (Crimson Knoll) at Mount Hope Cemetery, developed in 1998, was 
opened with its first interment on August 22, 2000. It ultimately will accommodate more 
than several hundred burials. 



Special Events 




I he signature special events held in Boston's 
parks bring open spaces alive with civic traditions 
and community celebrations. Department 
programs cross generational lines and bring 
people of all ages and backgrounds together 
for holidays and a wide variety of sports and 
cultural happenings. 

As the Department celebrated the Millennium 
and looked to the future, sponsors made a big 
difference in the quality and number of programs 
offered. Embracing Boston's longstanding 
patronage of the arts, the City's greenspace 
sparkled with the Pops in Franklin Park and the 
Institute of Contemporary Art's Art on the Emerald 
Necklace. In preparation for the year 2000, the 
excitement of the Ryder Cup, Davis Cup, and Major 



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League Baseball All-Star Game spilled over into City 
parks as the presenters sponsored celebrity clinics, 
provided tickets to Boston youngsters, and donated 
generously to both parks funds and improvements. 
Additional partnerships prospered in golf with 
Black & White Boston Coming Together, tennis with 
Tenacity, sailing with the Courageous Sailing Center 
and Mellon New England, and track and field with 
the Boston Athletic Association and USA Track and 
Field - New England. 

In 1999, the 58th Annual Boston Common Tree 
Lighting sponsored by Macy*s captured the hearts of 
over 10,000 spectators with an evening filled with 
song, dance, and holiday cheer. The WCVB-TV 
Channel 5 live broadcast with Chet Curtis, Natalie 
Jacobson, and Susan Wornick allowed thousands of 
TV viewers the opportunity to watch the fun at home. 
1999 Tony winner Roger Bart, John McDonough, the 
All-New Captain Kangaroo, and the 2,000 voices of 
America Sings entertained the audience. As the 
countdown to the tree lighting began, Mayor Menino 
and the sponsors stood with Santa Claus and other 
holiday characters at the foot of the 40-foot-tall blue 
spruce holiday tree. When the switch was thrown, 



In 1999, the ornamental fence along Paine Street, adjacent to Mount Hope 
Cemetery in Mattapan, was replaced at a cost of $155,000 and a gazebo was 
installed in the cemetery for visitor use. The lawns leading to the Veteran's 
Memorial and Boston Police Lots at Mount Hope Cemetery were restored and 
underground sprinkler systems were installed. In 2000, water supply was 
restored to two burial sections at Mount Hope Cemetery, one section at 
Evergreen Cemetery, and three sections at Fairview Cemetery. 

The Browne Fund helped to fund the fabrication of a historically appropriate 
cast-iron fence at the Market Street Burying Ground in Brighton. Its design was 
inspired by the nearby St. Columbkille Church. The fence along Fifth Street at 
Hawes/Union Cemetery in South Boston received a facelift that included 
rebuilding the brick piers. 

Improvements at Copp's Hill Burying Ground in the North End included 
pruning of the Linden trees parallel to Snow Hill Street, removal of scrub growth 
along Charter Street, repair of the brick pathways, and the beginning of an 
important retaining wall and ornamental gate repair project. A Browne Fund grant 
funded the installation of new interpretive signs which will serve as the model for 
future signage at other HBGI/Freedom Trail sites. 

The heavily visited Granary Burying Ground in downtown Boston received 
two grants for current projects — a grant from the Massachusetts Department of 
Environmental Management was used to expand and repair the existing pedestrian 
pathway system, and the Tremont Street Preservation Trust partially funded a 
preservation effort to reset gravestones and make minor repairs to tombs. 



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At the end of 2000, a grant was 
received from the Massachusetts 
Historical Commission which enabled 
HBGI to conserve the only mausoleum 
in the City's historic burying grounds, 
located in Dorchester North Burying 
Ground at Upham's Corner. 

Friends groups and community 
participation are an integral part of 
the HBGI. Many interested citizens 
and associations have participated in seasonal clean-ups and 
bulb plantings at various sites including the Dorchester North 
Granary, Phipps Street, Copp's Hill, and Eliot Burying Grounds. 
Special relationships have also been forged with local businesses 
that have donated time and money to help care for these 
irreplaceable historic resources. 




The heavily visited 
Granary Burying Ground 
in downtown Boston 
received two grants for 
current projects. 



The HBGI is an active member of the Freedom Trail Foundation and has 
three sites — The Granary, King's Chapel, and Copp's Hill Burying Ground — 
included as part of this much-beloved Boston institution. The HBGI sites 
are visited by millions each year with Boston Park Rangers and costumed 
interpreters conducting regular tours. Partnerships with other Freedom Trail 
sites enabled the HBGI to participate in People and Places, an educational 
program that introduces school children to Boston history and offers a 
teacher's seminar in the summer. 




another 60 trees across the Common glowed with 
over 50,000 lights in eight different colors. 

In 2000, the 59th Annual Boston Common Tree 
Lighting sponsored by Macy*s and Walt Disney 
World Resorts thrilled over 25,000 spectators. 
WCVB-TV Channel 5 hosts Chet Curtis and Natalie 
Jacobson provided live coverage as Macy*s 
presented Santa Claus, Broadway star Liz Calloway, 
and pop sensation Aaron Carter. Walt Disney World 
Resorts joined in the fun, presenting the "Holiday 
Dreams" stage show featuring Mickey, Minnie, 
Goofy, Donald Duck, and other Disney characters. 
The 2000 tree lighting also featured an exciting new 
element as over 10,000 lights in The Public Garden 
and 140,000 lights along Commonwealth Avenue 
Mall lit up in sequence when Mayor Menino and 
Parks Commissioner Justine M. Liff threw the master 
switch on Boston Common. 



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The third biennial 
Emerald Necklace 
Ball supported the 
Department's 
Woodlands Project. 

Un September 15, 2000, Mayor and Mrs. Menino 
hosted the third biennial Emerald Necklace Ball 
presented in the Back Bay Fens by title sponsor 
State Street Corporation and many other local 
business and community partners. The gala 
provides the Department with an opportunity to 
celebrate Olmsted's work while promoting an 
increased awareness of the Emerald Necklace. 
Masters of Ceremonies Mary Richardson and Peter 
Mehegan of WCVB-TV Channel 5's Chronicle 
welcomed business and civic leaders, longtime 
supporters of the parks system, local literati, and 
media luminaries for an evening of dinner and 
dance under a tent adjacent to the Kelleher Rose 
Garden. DePrisco Jewelers designed and donated 
a shimmering ring consisting of over one carat of 



SPORTS AND RECREATION 

In 1999 and 2000, the Department's Programming Unit, with assistance 
from partners and sponsors, was able to provide a comprehensive recreation 
program that was athletic, educational, culturally diverse, and accessible to 
all residents and visitors of the City of Boston. 

Sports for Life 

During 1999 and 2000 the Department continued to develop and enhance 
programs that offer young people the opportunity to learn sports they can 
participate in throughout their lives. 

A new collaboration with Tenacity, a local non-profit tennis organization, 
provided an enhanced citywide neighborhood tennis program. The partnership 
enabled the Department to broaden the tennis lesson program from eight to 18 
sites in under-served neighborhoods and grow from basic instruction for boys 
and girls ages 1 6 and under to advanced lessons for all ages. In 2000, the 
Department, Tenacity, and the Sportsmen's Tennis Club renewed their 
partnership to offer lessons at two City parks. 

The Department's pioneering Junior Golf Caddie/Scholar Program, 
sponsored by Black & White Boston Coming Together, was the recipient of 
both a $50,000 grant from the United States Golf Association (USGA) and the 
2000 City of Boston Excellence Award in the "Service to Youth" category. The 
innovative Caddie/Scholar Program, recognized as a national model, combines 



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behind-the-scenes work at a professional golf The Department continued to 

course with tutoring in essential high school develop and enhance programs that 

subjects. Many of the Caddie/Scholar participants offer young people the opportunity 

graduated from high school and earned college to learn sports they can participate 

scholarships. The Middle School Golf Program in throughout their lives. 

introduces students to the game in the Boston 

Public Schools and then brings them out for a group outing on one of the City's 

two municipal courses. During the summer, the Junior Golf Daily Lessons 

Program provides free training in fundamental skills combined with 

competition at various levels. 

In order to increase recreational access to Boston Harbor's Long Island, the 
Department introduced Mayor Menino's Annual Striped Bass Fishing Derby in 
1999. The first Derby allowed 500 pass holders of all ages the opportunity to 
fish from the island's Parade Ground for three weekends in August with prize 
packages and trophies awarded to the anglers landing the three biggest striped 
bass. In 2000, the number of passes was increased to 750 and the event was 
moved to the last three weekends in September. 



Special Events, continued 

diamonds surrounding a 2.5-carat natural emerald 
which was auctioned off by Robin Brown of the 
Four Seasons Hotel. The 2000 event supported the 
Department's Woodlands Project. 

In 1999, the Department joined the Hampshire 
House, the Paget family and Boston Swan Boats 
Inc., Harvard Pilgrim Health, and H.P. Hood 
Company to present the 4th Annual Senior 
Garden Party in The Public Garden. Seniors 
were transported from their neighborhoods to 
and from The Public Garden. Close to 700 
seniors from across the city enjoyed a beautiful 
day of entertainment complete with box lunches, 



At the 5th Annual 
Senior Garden Party 
in The Public Garden, 
the Department 
welcomed 750 
seniors from housing 
developments, senior 
clubs, and community 
centers city wide. 




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Special Events, continued 

a magician, raffle prizes, a mariachi band, and 
Swan Boat rides. At the end of the day, each 
senior received a special potted plant as a gift 
from Mayor Menino. 

In 2000, the 5th Annual Senior Garden Party in 
The Public Garden was presented in partnership 
with John Hancock Financial Services, Inc., the 
Hampshire House, and the Paget family and Boston 
Swan Boats Inc. The Department welcomed 750 
seniors from housing developments, senior clubs, 
and community centers citywide. Boston's All-City 
Band's percussion unit met the seniors as they 
entered The Public Garden to enjoy another full 
day of fun in America's oldest botanical park. 

In 1999 and 2000, HBO and Banana Republic 
teamed up with the Department to present Screen on 
the Green, a free classic film festival presented on 
Boston Common at dusk. Thousands of movie lovers 
enjoyed summer evening showings of films such as 
"Singing in the Rain" and "North by Northwest". 

Beginning in 1999, Mayor Menino and 
Commissioner Liff hosted an annual series of 13 
informational coffee hours in neighborhood parks 




Sailing and Rowing 

The Department's continued partnership with Courageous Sailing Center 
at the Charlestown Navy Yard's Pier 4 welcomed an average of over 1,200 
children annually during the summers of 1999 and 2000. Courageous made 
huge strides in expanding its outreach to the Boston community with the 
launching of its Web site (www.courageoussailing.org) funded by a generous 
donation from Computer Sciences Corporation. 

In addition, the entire core of the Courageous Junior Instructor Program 
was offered the opportunity to sail three days on the Russian Tall Ship, the 
Kruzenshtern. This unforgettable voyage from Woods Hole to Boston Harbor 
culminated as the 12 instructors sailed in the Parade of Sail during Sail 2000. 

Neighborhood participation and an ongoing partnership with the Jamaica 
Pond Project helped support the enhanced freshwater sailing and rowing 
programs offered at Jamaica Pond. 



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Sports Traditions 

The 6th and 7th Mayor's Cup Youth Soccer Tournaments welcomed 
over 1,000 boys and girls ages 13 and under to South Boston's Columbus 
Park. Boys and girls representing two age divisions — 10 and under and 
13 and under — competed to become "Boston's Best." Divisional winners 
received medals and a special game ball for each team. The tournament 
also featured appearances and giveaways by Major League Soccer's New 
England Revolution and the Boston Renegades semi-professional women's 
soccer team. 

True to Boston's historic love affair with the game, baseball continued to 
be an important part of the Department's programming. Offerings included the 
Major League Baseball Diamond Skills Competition in batting, throwing, and 
running, and the annual Mayor's Cup Baseball Tournament. The ongoing 
partnership with the Boston Red Sox enabled the Department to host Sox Talks 
featuring players and coaches at neighborhood ball fields and the Fenway 
Challenge skills competition. 

Football programming was enhanced with the introduction of the 1st 
Annual Mayor's Cup Pop Warner Football Jamboree in August 2000. Over 
1,600 players joined Mayor Menino and celebrity coach John Hannah, formerly 
of the New England Patriots, for a day of citywide competition at East Boston's 
Sartori Stadium. 



Special Events, continued 



Coffee hours hosted by Mayor 
Menino and Commissioner Liffin 
neighborhood parks provided 
dialogue with mothers of school 
age children about open space 
and recreational needs. 




from East Boston to West Roxbury. The series 
provided candid dialog with mothers and caregivers 
of school age children regarding their open space 
and recreational needs. Guests at each of the 
neighborhood coffee hours received spring planters 
in honor of Mother's Day from Mayor Menino. 

Mayor Menino encouraged home gardening and 
landscaping with the Making Boston Grow! Home 
Gardening Contest sponsored by Cablevision. 
Over 140 applications and photographs were 
received annually from green thumbs throughout 
the city's neighborhoods. Twenty-four landscape 
professionals were recruited to judge the contest. 
Mayor Menino awarded the coveted "Golden 
Trowel" award to 17 First Place winners in The 
Public Garden in a ceremony attended by over 150 
people and taped for a 30-minute show produced 
and aired by Cablevision. 



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SPORTS AND RECREATION 



New England Spring Flower Show 

Each year, the Massachusetts Horticultural 
Society ushers in spring with the New England 
Spring Flower Show. The Department's Artistry in 
the Garden exhibit for the 1999 New England 
Spring Flower Show included a background 
depicting a painting by Maurice Prendergast of 
Boston's Franklin Park circa 1897, courtesy of the 
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Nine trees, a 
Maypole, and intricate plantings and flowerbeds 
further enhanced the tumof-the-century theme. 

The Department's exhibit for the 2000 New 
England Spring Flower Show theme, Symphony ol 
the Senses, featured a Millennium tribute to groups 
that support the Department's work. The exhibit, 
designed to represent 
Copley Square, provided 
a 1,100-square-foot stage 
area for the show's 
entertainment and 
awards presentations. 
The Boston Youth Fund 
Mural Crew painted a 
150-foot diorama of 




Partnerships with the Boston Athletic Association and USA Track and 
Field-New England complemented the track and field and cross-country 
running events offered by the Department. 

For the second and third years, the Boston Parks and Recreation 
Department offered Youth Sports Centers in July and August featuring free 
professional instruction in a number of popular sports. This six-week program 
held at White Stadium in Franklin Park and Sartori Stadium in East Boston 
offered boys and girls ages seven to 14 progressive skill development through a 
series of four-day, sports-specific mini-camps including soccer, lacrosse, track 
and field, hockey, football, and baseball/softball. 

New initiatives that began in 1999 included a wheelchair basketball pro- 
gram that gave wheelchair athletes the opportunity to compete while enabling 
able-bodied youngsters to understand that their peers confined to wheelchairs 
can still participate in sports. Disabled youth taught able children — who also 
competed in wheelchairs — the fine points of the game, giving all participants 
a better understanding of and respect for each other's abilities and limitations. 

To continue mainstreaming youth with disabilities into the Department's 
programs, a Theme Week was offered at the White Stadium Sports Center allowing 
young people of all ability levels to participate in soccer, wheelchair basketball, 
track and field events, arts and crafts, and disc golf. 



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Recognition 

Over 300 individuals, parents, 
teams and coaches from Mayor's Cup 
tournaments and other Department 
programs were honored at the 4th 
and 5th Annual Breakfast for 
Champions hosted by UMass/Boston 
and Suffolk University, respectively. 
With a strong focus on education, 
the event allows youth to experience 
a glimpse of Boston colleges while 
the college athletic directors encourage participants and 
parents to consider what the schools have to offer. In 2000, 
Boston Red Sox starting shortstop Nomar Garciaparra made a 
special guest appearance at the event at Suffolk University 
and stressed the importance of education to become 
successful in life regardless of one's athletic ability. 

The 2000 U.S. Youth Games Boston Team participated in 
the first international games in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. 
The girls' basketball and tennis teams won the gold, the boys 
and girls golf team placed second, the boys and girls swim 
team placed third, and the girls track team placed third. 




New initiatives that 
began in 1999 included a 
wheelchair basketball pro- 
gram that gave wheelchair 
athletes the opportunity to 
compete while enabling 
able-bodied youngsters to 
understand that their peers 
confined to wheelchairs can 
still participate in sports. 



Special Events, continued 

Trinity Church and other Copley Square landmarks 
as a backdrop for the display. The Horticulture and 
Trades Divisions worked with a volunteer contractor 
to install brick paving and a replica of the Copley 
Square fountain, the great lawn, and flowerbeds 
rilled with spring bulbs. Trees were forced in the 
city greenhouses to recreate the shady bosk in the 
paved areas of Copley Square. A scale model of 
the John Copley statue (scheduled to be installed 
in Copley Square in 2002) was included courtesy 
of the Friends of Copley Square. 

Awards for the Department's 1999 and 2000 
displays included Blue Ribbons and the Gold 
Medal for Horticultural Excellence. 

ParkARTS 

larkARTS began in 1997 as Mayor Thomas M. 
Menino's initiative to present a yearlong program 
of arts and culture-related programs and events 
in Boston's park system. In keeping with Mayor 
Menino's mandate, ParkARTS is a multi-faceted 
arts program encompassing the visual, performing 
and participatory arts. 



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The 1999 performing arts series included 66 
performances over 10 weeks utilizing the Parkman 
Bandstand and two ParkARTS stagemobiles, which 
allowed performances to be conducted at three 
sites simultaneously. In 2000, ParkARTS hosted 29 
performances in 22 parks. The performances 
ranged from internationally-known pop, rhythm and 
blues and gospel recording artists to community 
children's theater. Season highlights included the 
Legendary Blue Notes, The Trammps, The Four 
Aces, Herb Reed and the Platters, Karen Clark 
Sheard, and Kirk Carr and the Kirk Carr Singers. 

1999 ParkARTS Participatory Arts Program 
workshops included children's theater camp, wind 
chime-making, puppet-making, Adventures in 
Reading, and a quilting bee conducted during the 
summer and fall. The 2000 program added puppet- 
making clinics and performances, mosaic tile- 
making, pre-school music lessons with the American 
Composers Forum, crafts workshops offered in 
partnership with the Institute of Contemporary 
Art, and a landscape painting series offered in 
partnership with the Museum of Fine Arts. 




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Boston Park Rangers 
maintained a constant 
vigilance of the 
Emerald Necklace. 



'uring 1999 and 2000, the Boston Park Rangers 
maintained a constant vigilance of the Emerald 
Necklace. Their role fulfills Frederick Law Olmsted's 
vision that Boston's parklands would someday be 
patrolled by "park keepers" who would thwart vandalism 
and encourage the "wise use of the City's parks." Their ability to respond to 
various emergencies provides an added sense of security and safety for the 
hundreds of thousands of daily visitors and park patrons. 

In addition to maintaining a consistent daily presence throughout the 
Emerald Necklace, the Rangers play an essential role in managing the hundreds 
of annual special events which take place throughout the year. From the Boston 
Common Holiday Tree Lighting to concerts and festivals, the Rangers are an 
integral part of the formula for successful special event coordination. 



BOSTON PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT 



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BOSTON PARK RANGERS 



Special Events, continued 



The Rangers are well-known for providing programming and information 
on the historical, cultural, and environmental features of the parks and their 
environs. These efforts provided a total of 691 programs and tours that 
entertained and educated over 18,000 members of the public during 1999 and 
2000. New programs introduced during this period include Earth Day/Every 
Day, the Freedom Trail Starter and Herstory Slide Show, and the Junior Park 
Ranger Initiative with the Citizens School/After-School Program. 

By educating the public about the park system's environmental and 
historical value and enforcing park rules and regulations, the Rangers 
encourage appreciation and proper usage of our urban greenspace. Increased 
staffing and improved training opportunities for both seasonal as well as year- 
round personnel further strengthened the Rangers' commitment to service. 

Perhaps the Rangers' most highly visible component, the Mounted Unit, 
was recognized for its expertise and professionalism in both 1999 and 2000. 
In order to patrol effectively in an urban setting, both horse and officer must 
demonstrate skills unique from those of the average equestrian. 

For the fourth consecutive year, the Rangers demonstrated their prowess 
by winning the Team Championship in both the 13th and 14th New England 
Mounted Police Association Competitions. By participating in regional and 
national competitions, the Park Rangers improved upon the skill levels of both 
horses and officers while helping promote their mission statement of 
enhancing public safety in the parks. 




To bring the fine arts into Boston's open spaces, 
the Department presented a two-month temporary 
outdoor sculpture exhibit entitled The Living 
Room. The 1999 exhibit highlighted 12 works that 
reflected Boston's historic and cultural heritage 
using the relationship between outdoor spaces and 
the spaces one creates within the home. In 2000, 
artist selection and preliminary planning took 
place for Translating Motion: Kinetic Art in the 
Parks, a site-specific kinetic art exhibition which 
will be unveiled during the ParkARTS 2001 season. 
Also in 2000, ParkARTS and the Office of Public/ 
Private Partnerships presented History Encased: 
Jewels Beyond the Emerald Necklace, a three- 
month-long exhibit of handmade collage boxes 
enshrouding a collection of urban artifacts that 
mark the milestones of green life in Boston. 



ANNUAL REPORT 1999-2000 



BOSTON PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT 



Awards and Grants 



PARTNERSHIPS 



PARTNERSHIPS 



1999 American Horticultural Society Urban 
Beautification Award: 

Mayor Thomas M. Menino 

1999 Massachusetts Horticultural Society 
Design Awards: 

Urban Landscape Design Award for Bradford Park, 
South End 

Urban Landscape Design Award for Elm Hill Park, 
Dorchester 

1999 and 2000 National Arbor Day Foundation 
Tree City USA Award: 

City of Boston 

1999 Shattuck Award: 

Dianne Kerrissey, Programming Unit 

2000 Abigail Adams Award: 

Commissioner Justine M. Lift 

2000 Boston Society of Landscape Architects 
Awards Program: 

Award of Merit for Reservation Road Park, 
Hyde Park 

2000 Shattuck Chairman's Award: 

Commissioner Justine M. Liff 

2000 Trust for Public Land and Urban Land 
Institute 4-Star Rating: 

City of Boston 



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'uring 1999 and 2000, the Department continued to forge unique 
partnerships to strengthen the park system through the Office of Public/Private 
Partnerships. Volunteers were recruited from Boston's neighborhoods, civic 
and business groups, scout troops, schools, garden clubs, homeless shelters, 
non-profit organizations, court-ordered community service clients, crime 
watches, colleges, and landscaping companies to provide park programming 
and to plant and maintain greenspace. 

Annually, 600,000 daffodil bulbs were planted citywide; they began to 
bloom in April and continued to bloom through Memorial Day. Spectacular 
daffodil planting sites included City Square in Charlestown (5,000 bulbs), 
Murphy School in Dorchester (15,000 daffodils and tulips), Circuit Drive in 
Franklin Park (5,000 daffodils), and, at America's oldest public school, Boston 
Latin High School (2,000 daffodils). 

The Marriott Custom House Tower Vacation Club installed 50 hanging 
basket planters at their own expense in the McKinley Square area of 
downtown Boston. 

The newly created Peabody, Winn, & Cruz Mission Main Partnership 
adopted maintenance of the ball field at Smith Playground and the Smith 
Street median. 



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ANNUAL REPORT 1999-2000 



PARTNERSHIPS 




Trees donated by Simmons College were 
planted at Dorchester North Burying Ground 
in North Dorchester, Bunker Hill Cemetery in 
Charlestown, and Hawes and Union Cemeteries 
in South Boston. 



The Department continued to 
forge unique partnerships to 
strengthen the park system 
through the Office of Public/ 
Private Partnerships. 



A partnership between the Department, the Jamaica Pond Project, and 
Wellsford Commercial Property Trust enabled the purchase of four new boats 
and eguipment for the sailing and rowing center at the Jamaica Pond Boathouse. 

AT&T Broadband funded a pilot reading program developed by Mary 
O'Brien of the Friends of Martin Playground, which was offered at the 
Martin, Almont, Ryan, and Clarendon Street Playgrounds. 



August 1999 - $1,370,406 ISTEA Enhancement grant, 
administered through the Massachusetts Highway 
Department, for the rehabilitation of the Harborwalk at 
Children's Wharf in front of the Children's Museum at 
Fort Point Channel. 

September 1999 - $43,000 Massachusetts Department of 
Environmental Management's Landscape Preservation 
grant for the installation of new pathways and reparation 
of existing pathways in the Granary Burying Ground. 

December 1999 - $500,000 Massachusetts Division of 
Conservation Services' Strategic Urban Recreation 
Facilities (SURF) Fund grant for the construction of 
Millennium Park in West Roxbury (in addition to the $1.5 
million grant awarded for the project in March 1998). 

May 2000 - $26,380 Tremont Street Preservation Trust's 
grant for tomb and gravestone conservation in the 
Granary Burying Ground. 

June 2000 - $20,000 Browne Fund grant to install orna- 
mental interpretive signage at Copp's Hill Burying Ground. 

October 2000 - $30,000 Massachusetts Historical 
Commission's Preservation Projects Fund grant for the 
restoration of the Wood family mausoleum in the 
Dorchester North Burying Ground. 

October 2000 - $655,000 ISTEA Enhancement grant, 
for Phase Two of the East Boston Greenway Project, 
administered through the Massachusetts Highway 
Department. 

November 2000 - $250,000 Division of Conservation 
Services' Urban Self-Help Program grant for the rehabili- 
tation of Orchard Park in Roxbury, including a new play lot, 
ball field, tennis courts, and a children's spray fountain. 



ANNUAL REPORT 1999-2000 



BOSTON PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT 



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CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS 



Capital Improvements 1999 



Capital Improvements 2000 




Brophy Park 


$ 


75,000 


Chandler Pond 


$ 


650,000 


City Ballfields 


$ 


175,000 


City Tree Planting 


$ 


660,000 


Commonwealth Avenue Mall 


$ 


200,000 


Edgerly Road Playground 


$ 


300,000 


Harambee Playground 


$ 


30,000 


Hemenway Playground 


$ 


215,000 


Highland Park 


$ 


50,000 


lacono Playground 


$ 


270,000 


Mother's Rest 


$ 


288,000 


Olmsted Park (Landscaping) 


$ 


350,000 


Pine Street Playground 


$ 


180,000 


Ringer Park 


$ 


1 56,000 


Ronan Park 


$ 


1 35,000 


St. Helena's Park 


$ 


260,000 


Tai Tung Park 


$ 


1 20,000 


Tubman Square 


$ 


220,000 



Winthrop Playground 



520,000 





Boston Common (Fencing) 


$ 


68,000 


Boston Common (Irrigation) 


$ 


125,000 


Boston Common 


$ 


300,000 


Bradford Street Play Area 


$ 


1 65,000 


Carter Playground 


$ 


268,000 


Christopher Columbus Park 


$ 


60,000 


City Ballfields 


$ 


30,000 


City Tree Planting 


$ 


1,400,000 


Flaherty Playground 


$ 


54,000 


Hobart Playground 


$ 


245,000 


Independence Square 


$ 


180,000 


Jamaica Pond 


$ 


1,100,000 


Lee Playground 


$ 


60,000 


Ma reel la Park 


$ 


140,000 


McLaughlin Playground 


$ 


258,000 


Mt. Hope Cemetery 


$ 


1 55,000 


Myrtle Street Playground 


$ 


195,000 


North End Park 


$ 


683,000 


Reservation Road Park 


$ 


2,900,000 


Ross Field 


$ 


291,000 



BOSTON PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT 



ANNUAL REPORT 1999-2000 



FINANCIAL STATEMENT 



PAGE 37 



Operating Budget Total Actual '99 




Maintenance 


$ 


5,594,237 


Parks & Recreation Department 


Operations 


$ 


2,112,925 


Operating Budget 




Planning & Engineering 


$ 


573,808 


Capital 




Cemetery 


$ 


1,490,059 


FY '99 


$ 11,835,000 


Administration 


$ 


2,670,554 


FY '00 


$ 9,650,000 


Total 


$ 


12,441,583 





Operating Budget Total Actual '00 




Maintenance 

Operations 

Planning & Engineering 

Cemetery 

Administration 

Total 



$ 6,016,781 

$ 2,181,742 

$ 790,423 

$ 1,486,304 

$ 2,482,099 

$ 12,957,349 



External Funds Budget 
George W. Parkman Trust Fund 
Total Actual '99 $ 1,016,775 

Total Actual '00 $ 1,300,000 



ANNUAL REPORT 1999-2000 



BOSTON PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT 



SPONSORS 



SPONSORS 

Benefactors 

Anonymous 

Boston Red Sox/Yawkey Foundation 

Coca-Cola Bottling Company 

Fleet 

Friends of Copley Square 

Friends of The Public Garden 

and Boston Common 
GlaxoWellcome 

Partners 

Alan H. Gray & Associates 
Black & White Boston 

Coming Together 
Boston Athletic Association 
Boston Globe 

Boston Frog Pond Foundation 
Bull HN Information Systems, 

Incorporated 
Richard Connolly, Jr. 
Courageous Sailing Center 
KPMG LLP 




Michele & Howard Kessler - 
Kessler Family Foundation 
Macy*s 

Millennium Partners 
Palmer & Dodge LLP 
RCN Corporation 
Joan & Ted Benard Cutler 
Walt Disney Parks & Resorts 
WCVB-TV- Channel 5 

Donors 

Boston Stock Exchange 
AT&T Broadband - Cablevision 
Ermenegildo Zegna Corporation 



Fineberg Management 

J.F. White/Slattery/Perini 

Mellon New England 

McDonald's Corporation 

New Commonwealth Center LP 

Prince - Borden Foods, Corporation 

Patrons 

Anonymous 

Arnold Communications 

Cabot Corporation Foundation, 

Incorporated 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts 
George B. Henderson Foundation 
James Martin Memorial Trust 
David Mugar 
McDonald's Owner Operator 

Bob Hogan 
Massachusetts Cultural Council 
PRWT Services, Incorporated 
The Quaker Oats Company - 

Gatorade 
State Street Bank & Trust Company 
State Street Global Advisors 



BOSTON PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT 



ANNUAL REPORT 1999-2000 



SPONSORS 



Contributors 

America the Beautiful Fund 
The Boston Beer Company - 

Samuel Adams 
The Boston Foundation 
CHANEL, Incorporated 
Conventures 
Susan & Richard Doll 
The Kershaw Foundation 

Charitable Trust 
The LEF Foundation 
Legal Sea Foods, Incorporated 
Carolyn A. Lynch and George 

Vanderheiden Annuity Trust 
Meredith & Grew 
MGM Pictures, Incorporated 
NASH Communications - 

WILD 1090 AM 
Sandra & Joseph O'Connor 
Anne & Kevin Phelan 
Stop & Shop Supermarkets 
Talanian Realty Company, 

Incorporated 
United Way of 

Massachusetts Bay 



Supporters 

AT&T Foundation 
AT&T Wireless Services 
The Abbey Group 
The Arnold Arboretum 
Beacon Capital Partners LP 
Historic Tours of America - 

Old Town Trolley 
Boston Police Activities League 
Boston School Committee 
CanAm Consultants, Incorporated 
Citizens Financial Group, 

Incorporated 
Corcoran Jennison Company, 

Incorporated 
Courant Publications, Incorporated 
Cracker Barrel 
Diddy &John Cullinane 
Randi & Joel Cutler 
Barbara & Robert DeGregorio 
Mary C. & John DeMusis 
DePrisco Jewelers 
The Baker Family Trust 
The Druker Company 




East Boston Social Centers, 

Incorporated 
Stephen Edwards 
Emerald Necklace Conservancy 
Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel 
The Fenway Alliance 
Fidelity Investments 
Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation 
Fox Hill Village Homeowners 

Corporation 



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BOSTON PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT 



PAGE 40 



SPONSORS 




HP Hood, Incorporated 
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care 
Harvard University 
Home and Auto Appraisal 

Bureau 
Barbara & Amos Hostetter 
Income Property Finance 
Intercontinental Developers 
Jamaica Pond Swan Fund 
John Hancock Financial Services, 

Incorporated 
John Moriarty & Associates 



Barbara Jordan 

Klein Farris Company, Incorporated 

Norman Leventhal 

Harriet & Alan Lewis 

Kathleen & David Maister 

Massachusetts Port Authority 

The Medical Foundation, 

Incorporated 
Bruce Mygatt 
NStar 

NYT Capital, Incorporated 
New Boston Fund, Incorporated 
Nextel 

Nixon Peabody LLP 
Northeastern University 
Oliveri & Associates 
Poland Springs® - Great Spring 

Waters of America 
Jill &John Preotle 
Pressley Associates, Incorporated 
R.F. Walsh Company, Incorporated 
Red Auerbach Youth Foundation 
Reebok International Limited 
Robert Bentley & Associates 



Rubin & Rudman LLP 

Safescience Products, Incorporated 

Sawyer Enterprises 

Schooner Capital 

SELF Magazine 

Shelburne Community Center 

Council, Incorporated 
Simmons College 
Gilda & Alfred Slifka 
Spaulding & Slye Company 
William Stewart, Jr. 
Swan Boats™, Incorporated 
The TJX Foundation, Incorporated 
The Trust for Public Land 
Verizon 

The Verrochi Family 
WBOS - 92.9 FM 
WCRB - Charles River 

Broadcasting, Incorporated - 

102.5 FM 
WPLM - Easy 99.1 FM 
Walker Kluesing Design Group 
Roberta & Stephen Weiner 
Wheelock College 
Zoo NewEngland 



BOSTON PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT 



ANNUAL REPORT 1999-2000 



SPONSORS 



PAGE 41 



Friends 

Adidas 

Albright Foundation 

Anonymous 

Anonymous 

Barbara & Stephen Anthony 

Balance Bar Company 

Beacon Hill Garden Club 

Bierly-Drake Associates, Incorporated 

Body by Brandy 

Boston Bruins 

Boston College 

Boston Gas 

Boston Herald 

Boston International Track Club 

Boston Park Plaza Hotel 

Boston Ski & Sports Clubs, 

Incorporated 
Boston Symphony Orchestra 
Boston Tennis Council 
Boston University 
City of Boston Credit Union 
Anne & John Connolly 
Nancy & Kenneth Crasco 
Daniel A. Mullin & Associates 



Brian Driscoll 

Dunn Associates 

Eastern Mountain Sports 

First Night 

Fitzgerald Communications 

Four Seasons Hotel 

Genesis & Company - 

The Paul Parent Show 
H.D. Chasen Company, Incorporated 
The Hampshire House 
Home Box Office 
Institute of Contemporary Arts 
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum 
Thomas Green 
The Jacob Wirth Company 

Restaurant 
Jamaica Pond Project 
Constance Kastelnik & 

Edward Jesser 
Kathleen & Richard Jodka 
Joe's American Bar & Grill 
Elizabeth Johnson & 

Robert Ketterson 
Kortenhaus Communications, 

Incorporated 
Elizabeth & Abner Kurtin 




Mimi & Paul LaCamera 
Joan & Henry Lee 
Logan Chautauqua LTD 
Betsy Ridge & Peter Madsen 
The Marino Group 
Deborah Scott & Ralph Martin 
Massachusetts Convention Center 
Massachusetts Golf Association 
Arlene & Hugh Mattison 
Kathleen McDermott & 
William Nigreen 




ANNUAL REPORT 1999-2000 



BOSTON PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT 



SPONSORS 



McDonald's Owner Operators 
Rick & Tim McCoy, Bob King, 
Jim Roberts, and David Yee 

Metropolitan District Commission 

Museum of Fine Arts 

New England Foundation 
for the Arts 

New England Revolution 

Noonan Productions 

Otis & Ahearn, Incorporated 

Margaret & Gene Pokorny 

Thomas Powers 

Radio Disney 

Reggie Lewis Track & 
Athletic Center 

Patricia & Charles Ribakoff II 

Roxbury Home Committee 

Leah Taylor & Peter Roy 

SENA No. 9158 Division of USWA 

Sawyer Enterprises 

Seagram Chateau & Estates 
Wines Company 

Seaport Hotel 

Ellen Seidensticker & Louis Wells 

Wendy Shattuck & Samuel Plimpton 




In 1999 Joe Thornton, center for the Boston 
Bruins, was Honorary Chair for the 6th Annual 
Mayor's Cup Youth Ice Hockey Tournament. 



Silverman Family Foundation 

Joyce & Joe Spaulding 

Stella Trafford 

Sullivan's Pharmacy, Incorporated 

The Ritz-Carlton® Boston 

William Rouvalis 

Sportsmen's Tennis Club 

Sally Coxe & William Taylor 

Tenacity 

Union Oyster House 



United States Tennis Association, 

New England 
United States Track & Field - 

New England 
Viacom Productions 
WEEI Sports Radio - 850 AM 
Clara & Bill Wainwright 
The Wang Center for the 

Performing Arts 
William Hodgins, Incorporated 
Woolf Associates 



BOSTON PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT 



ANNUAL REPORT 1999-2000 



PROGRAMS 



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PROGRAMS 

Sports and Recreation 

Breakfast for Champions 
Caddie Scholar Program 
Camp Gatorade/Boston Youth 

Sports Festival 
Courageous Sailing 
Cross Country Developmental Meets 
Davis Cup Tennis Tournament 
East Boston Sports Center 
Everybody Walk Your Body 
Fenway Batting Cages 
Fenway Challenge/Red Sox Talks 
Harbor Sailing Outing 
Hershey Games Track Meet 
Jamaica Pond Sailing 

and Rowing 
Jim Rice Field Dedication/ 

MLB All-Star Games 
John Thomas Track & 

Field Meet 
Junior Golf Daily Lessons 
Lacrosse Clinics 



Little League Openings 
Long Island Striped Bass 

Fishing Derby 
Major League Baseball Competition 
Mayor's Cup Adult Softball 

Tournament 
Mayor's Cup Baseball Tournament 
Mayor's Cup Cross Country Meet 
Mayor's Cup Football Jamboree 
Mayor's Cup Girls' Softball 

Tournament 
Mayor's Cup Ice Hockey Tournament 
Mayor's Cup Junior Golf Tournament 
Mayor's Cup Lacrosse Jamboree 
Mayor's Cup Neighborhood Track & 

Field Meet 
Mayor's Cup Roller Hockey 

Tournament 
Mayor's Cup Soccer Tournament 
Mayor's Cup Tennis Tournament 
Mayor's Cup Volleyball Tournament 
MGA Golf Camp 
Middle School Cross 

Country Program 
Middle School Golf Program 




Neighborhood Baseball Clinics 
Neighborhood Basketball Clinics 
Neighborhood Tennis Lessons 
Neighborhood Track & Field Series 
Neighborhood Wheelchair 

Basketball Clinics 
Ryder Cup Celebration 
Salute to Olympians at 

Frog Pond 



In 2000, Boston Red Sox starting 
shortstop Nomar Garciaparra made 
a special guest appearance at the 
5th Annual Breakfast for Champions 
at Suffolk University. 



ANNUAL REPORT 1999-2000 



BOSTON PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT 



PAGE 44 



PROGRAMS 



Twilight Track & Field Series 

US Youth Games 

White Stadium Sports Center 

Cultured & Family Events 

Boston Children's Theatre 

Stagemobile 
Boston Common Halloween 

Parade & Festival 
Boston Common Holiday 

Tree Lighting 
Commonwealth Shakespeare 
Dorothy Curran Wednesday Evening 

Concert Series 




Ducklings Day Parade 

Emerald Necklace Ball 

Frog Pond Skating Opening 

Frog Pond Summer Opening 

ICA Art in the Emerald Necklace 

Jamaica Pond Fishing Derby 

Kite and Flight Festival 

Kite Making Workshops 

Park Openings 

ParkARTS Adventures in Reading 

ParkARTS Duckling Costume 

Making Workshops 
ParkARTS History Encased 

Jewels Beyond the Emerald 

Necklace Exhibit 
ParkARTS Landscape Painting 

Workshops 
ParkARTS Living Room Outdoor 

Sculpture Exhibit 
ParkARTS Mosaic Tile Making 

Workshops 
ParkARTS Neighborhood Performing 

Arts Festival 



ParkARTS Parkman Bandstand Festival 
ParkARTS Party in the Park 

Concert Series 
ParkARTS Puppet Making Workshops 
ParkARTS Quilting Bee 
ParkARTS Wind Chime Making 

Workshops 
Pops in Franklin Park 
Return of the Swans (Jamaica Pond) 
Return of the Swans 

(The Public Garden) 
Ronan Park Multi-Cultural Festival 
Rose Garden Party 
Screen on the Green Film Festival 

on the Common 
Senior Spring Garden Party 
Smooth Jazz Concert Series 
Swan Boats' Opening 
WBOS Concerts Series 
WCRB Classical at Copley 



BOSTON PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT 



ANNUAL REPORT 1999-2000 



PROGRAMS 



Park Rangers Educational and 
Interpretive Programs 

Animal Sounds 

Arboretum Evergreens 

Arnold Arboretum Tours 

Back Bay Fens Tours 

Bike the Emerald Necklace 

Birdfeeders 

Black Heritage Slide Show 

Black Heritage Walk 

Boston Common Tours 

Boston Common-Back Bay Fens 
Garden Walk 

Boston Park Rangers Intro 
Display Table 

Cross Country Ski Adventure 

Early Bird Walk 

Earth Day, Every Day 

Ecology of Jamaica Plain- 
Back Bay Fens 

Emerald Isle to Emerald Necklace 

Emerald Necklace Hike 

Emerald Necklace Mobile Tour 

Emerald Necklace Slide Show 

Envirocation 



Fall Foliage & Nature Walk 
Fishing Fundamentals 
Forefather's Day 
Franklin Park History/ 

Design Concept 
Franklin Park Jewel of 

Emerald Necklace 
Franklin Park Van Tour 
Freedom Trail Starter 
Freedom Trail Starter Slide Show 
Freshwater Fair 
Garage Turned Garden 
George Washington 
Glide or Stride 
Granary Tour 
Haunt Jaunt 
Herstory Walk 
Herstory Slide Show 
Hike the Emerald Necklace 
Holiday Lights and Sites 
Horse of Course 
Initiative Games 
Jamaica Pond Nature Center 
Jamaica Pond to Boston Common 

Van Tour 




Jamaica Pond Tour 

Junior Park Ranger Initiative 

Low Ropes 

Make Way for Ducklings 

Map & Compass Night Walk 

Meeting Place to Resting Place 

Menace or Medicine 

Muddy River to Back Bay Fens Tour 

Native American Storytelling 

Nature Crafts 

Nurturing Nature 

Pond Ecology 



Public Garden Tour 
Red Tail Hawk 
Remember the Rebels 
Role of Ranger 
Rose Garden Tour 
Saltmarsh to Glass Tower 
Signs of Spring 
Snapping Turtle 
Snowshoe Safari 



ANNUAL REPORT 1999-2000 



BOSTON PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT 



PARTNERSHIPS/AGREEMENTS 




PARTNERSHIPS/ 
AGREEMENTS 

Green Space Adoptions 

Academy Homes One Tenant 

Task Force 
ACE/Elks, Rotary Clubs of Roxbury 
Allan Formal Wear 
Allston Village Main Street 
Artist John Powell 
Bay Village Civic Association 
Beacon Hill Garden Club 



Bedugnas Constables 
Boston Medical Center 
Boston Police Area E-18 
Boston University 
Boston University Medical Center 
Bostonian Cigar Shop 
Brigham & Women's Hospital 
Bunker Hill Community College 
Cambridge Street Merchants 

Association 
Cedar Grove Cemetery 
Cedar Grove Civic Association 
Cedar Grove Garden Center 
Charlestown Preservation Society & 

Friends of the Charlestown Library 
City Farm Garden Center 
Codman Square Health Center 
Columbia Auto Painting 
Dan Loccucco and Family 
Detective William Hartford 
DJ Settana Painting Company 
Dorchester Youth Collaborative 

Alternative School 



East Boston Healthy Boston Coalition 

Elm Hill Civic Association 

Exotic Flowers 

Fairview Landscaping 

Fields Corner Civic Association 

Friends of Harriet Tubman Park 

Friends of the Oak Square Common 

Harvard Medical School 

Harvard University 

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum 

Ivey St. John 

Jamaica Hills Civic Association 

Jeffries Point Civic Association 

Mario Nicosia 

Marriott Custom House Tower 

Medical Area Service Corporation 

Mission Main Winn, 

Peabody & Cruz 
Navy Yard Civic Association 
Northeastern University 
Orchard Park Maloney 

Management Company 
Photo Image 



BOSTON PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT 



ANNUAL REPORT 1999-2000 



PARTNERSHIP/AGREEMENTS 



PAGE 47 



Project Place 

Readville Merchants Association 

Roslindale Village Main Streets 

Sam Piso 

Simmons College Environmental Club 

St. Ann's Choir 

Suffolk County Sheriffs 

Roustabout Program 
Swissotel 

Three Center Plaza 
Tom Lydon 

West Roxbury Evening Garden Club 
West Roxbury Today 

Television Program 

Park Partners 

Allston Village Main Streets 
Bay Village Civic Association 
Blackstone - Franklin Squares 

Association 
Carter Playground Tennis Association 
Cedar Grove Civic Association 
Chester Square Association 
Colorado Street Neighborhood 

Association 



Commonwealth Tenant's Association 
Concord Square Association 
Delano - Poplar Street Organization 
Derby - Ramsay Committee 
Earthworks 

Fields Corner Civic Association 
Friends of Cuneo Park 
Friends of Doherty Playground 
Friends of Dorchester 

Park Association 
Friends of Hayes Park 
Friends of Hiscock Park 
Friends of Hooker - Sorrento 

Playground 
Friends of King Street Park 
Friends of Martin Playground 
Friends of McLaughlin Playground 
Friends of Peters Park 
Friends of Ringold Playground 
Friends of Ryan Playground 
Friends of the John Harvard Mall 
Friends of the Muddy River 
Friends of the Training Field 
Friends of Titus Sparrow Park 
Greater Boston Tennis Association 




Greenwood Family Life Center 
Hawthorne Youth and 

Community Center 
Hobart Park Neighborhood 

Association 
Jeffries Point Civic Association 
Nazzaro Community Center 
Neighborhood Association of 

the Back Bay 
North End and Waterfront 

Mothers Association 
Park Partners of Wainwright Park 
Rutland Square Association 
Smith Senior Center 



ANNUAL REPORT 1999-2000 



BOSTON PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT 



PAGE 48 



PARTNERSHIPS/AGREEMENTS 



St. Vincent's Civic Association 
The Boston Fenway Alliance 
The Fallon Field Neighborhood 

Association 
The Jamaica Pond Project 
Union Park Association 
Worcester Square Association 



P 



Limited Maintenance 
Agreements - Memoranda 
of Understandings 

Boston College 

Emerson College 

Fenway Garden Society 

Fleet 

Friends of Copley Square 

Friends of Hayes Park 

Friends of Norman Leventhal Park 

Frog Pond Foundation 

Graham Gund Associates 

Harriet Tubman Park Committee 

New England Baptist Hospital 

New England Deaconess Hospital 

New England Holocaust Memorial 

Northeastern University 

Saunders Real Estate Company 

The Boston Fenway Alliance 

The Stop & Shop Supermarket 

Company 
Union Park Association 
Wentworth College 



1999 - 2000 Boston Park 
Commissioners 

Justine M. Lift, Chairperson 
Laurie Ciardi 
Ray Foley 
Paul Foster 
Susan Park 
Charles Titus 
Brian McLaughlin, 
Executive Secretary 

Boston Parks and 
Recreation Department 
1999 - 2000 Annual Report 

Producers 

Justine M. Liff, Commissioner 
Mary Hines, Director of 

External Affairs 
Jon Seamans, Writer/Editor 
C. Elena Houghton, Photographer 
Suzanne Taylor, Writer/Researcher 
Joanne Callahan, Editor 
Stephen Burdick, Graphic Design 

and Illustration 



Contributors 

Fran Beatty 
Roy Blomquist 
Sue Brown 
Marc Carbone 
Jerry Carchedi 
Ken Crasco 
AldoGhirin 
Don Griffis 
Stan Ivan 
Dianne Kerrissey 
Bernard Lynch, Jr. 
Lisa Marsh 
Paul McCaffrey 
Brian McLaughlin 
Chuck O'Connell 
Bob Pessek 
Tim Smith 
Gene Survillo 
Kelly Thomas 

Contributing Photographers 
Carla Osberg 
Lisa Pollack 
Karen Sparacio 




BOSTON PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT 



ANNUAL REPORT 1999-2000 



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BOSTON 

PARKS AND 
RECREATION 



Boston Parks and 
Recreation Department 

617.635.4505 

www.cityofboston.gov/parks 
email: parks@ci. boston. ma. us 

Thomas M. Menino, Mayor 

Justine M. Liff, Commissioner 

Michael J. Galvin, Chief, 
Basic City Services 

Andrea d'Amato, Chief, 
Environmental Services