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BOSTON PARKS 
& RECREATION 



ANNUAL REPORT 
1990 • 1992 



THE PARKS 
COMMUNITY 



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In Memoriam 
Dorothy M* Curran 



On December 12, 1992, the Parks and Recrea- 
tion Department lost a great leader and its most 
exemplary employee — Dorothy M. Curran. 

Dorothy rose from an entry-level bookkeeper, 
hired under Mayor James Michael Curley, to As- 
sistant Commissioner during her 43-year career as 
a public servant for the City of Boston. She pio- 
neered recreational programs for women, special 
needs children and the elderly, and chaired the 
Department's Light A Life campaign, which raises 
funds for local hospices through the sale of $1 
holiday buttons. 

All of us who knew Dorothy will miss her wis- 
dom, vitality and smile. Her spirit of compassion, 
giving and warmth will forever guide the efforts of 
the Boston Parks Department. 



Produced under the direction of : 

Lawrence A. Dwyer, Commissioner 
Michael P. Quinlin, Assistant Commissioner 
Colleen Cronin, Editor/Writer 
B. T. Ozella, Desisn 
Terri Davis, Photosraphy 



Editorial assistance provided by 
Kathy Kottaridis, Justine Lift, 
and Ellen Lipsey 



CITY OF BOSTON 



PRINTING SECTION 



The Parks Community 

Boston Parks & Recreation Department 

Annual Report 1990 - 1992 




Raymond L. Flynn, Mayor 
Lawrence A. Dwyer, Commissioner 



BOSTON PARKS 
AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT 

1990-1992 ANNUAL REPORT 

Table of Contents 

Message from the Mayor 1 

Message from the Commissioner 1 

Open Space 2 

Maintenance 5 

Cemeteries 7 

Regional Administration 10 

Programming 12 

Public/Private Partnerships ... 16 

Emerald Necklace 23 

Boston Youth Clean-up Corps 26 

Appendices 28-36 




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Letter from the Mayor 



Dear Friend: 

One of the priorities of my job as Mayor of Boston is to ensure that 
residents have safe, well-maintained recreational spaces and quality ac- 
tivities for all ages to enjoy. 

1990-1992 were trying years for the City of Boston, yet the Parks and 
Recreation Department affirmed its commitment to residents by continu- 
ing its level of excellence despite financial cutbacks and unexpected hard- 
ships. 

It responded to community input by renovating 65 parks under the 
City's capital improvement plan, "Rebuilding Boston." A $450,000 cross- 
country course was constructed at Franklin Park so that high school and 
collegiate teams could practice and compete on a first-class course. The 
Parks Maintenance Division, which was awarded the Boston Management 
Consortium's American Express Program Excellence Award, kept our 192 
parks and playgrounds consistently clean and attractive. 

In addition, the Parks Department provided residents with hundreds of 
year-round activities for all ages to enjoy. Sports Camp at White Stadium, a 
free athletic program which teaches youths the fundamentals of track and 
field, volleyball, tennis, punt, pass and kick, was launched in 1991 and 
attracted over 1 5,000 participants in its first two seasons. 

I hope you will continue to endorse the great strides that are taking 
place and continue to enjoy one of the finest park systems in the country. 

Sincerely, 



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Raymond L. Flynn 
Mayor of Boston 



Letter from the Commissioner 



Dear Parks User: 

The strength of Boston's park system and youth services relies on the 
existing partnership between residents, community and environmental 
groups, the business community, the Parks Department and other city 
agencies. 

Together this collaboration has combined efforts and resources to main- 
tain and beautify Boston's park system as well as to provide free quality 
programs for city residents and employment for Boston's young people. 

I would like to thank these supporters for their dedication, hard work, 
and assistance which magnifies the success of Boston's exemplary park 
system. 

I hope we continue to work together to maintain this level of excellence 
and to see you in the parks in 1993. 

Sincerely, 




Lawrence A. Dwyer * 
Commissioner 





Open Space 




1990-1992 experienced intense activity in the 
rehabilitation of the Boston park system with 
over 75 sites in construction. The team of six 
project managers, three landscape architects 
and three engineers — supervised over $23.3 
million in improvements to parks, playgrounds, 
and playlots citywide working closely with the 
Mayor's Office of Capital Planning and the Pub- 
lic Facilities Department, this construction reha- 
bilitation of the Boston Parks System continues 
today. With a slowdown in the general econ- 
omy, the Department put design and construc- 
tion firms to work, favoring those based in 
Boston. The bidding climate has been healthy, 
and excellent values for Boston taxpayers have 
been the result. 

Community Involvement 

Thanks to the combined partnership of envi- 
ronmental and community advocates, non- 
profit organizations, community residents, the 
business community and the city government, 
Boston has one of the best park systems in the 
country. 

The park system, which encompasses 192 
parks and playgrounds, 16 historic burying 
grounds, 3 active cemeteries, 3 urban wilds, 5 



community gardens and 150,000 street trees, is 
supported by a number of community organi- 
zations including the Park Partners, Greenspace 
Alliance, Friends of the Boston Common and 
Public Garden, Friends of Copley Square, the 
Fenway Project, Franklin Park Coalition, and 
others. 

Open Space Plan 

The Parks Department faced challenging 
times in 1990-1992 due to diminishing state 
and federal resources, however, Mayor 
Raymond L. Flynn and the Department reaf- 
firmed their commitment to open space revival 
by initiating the citywide drafting of the Open 
Space Plan for Boston. The Plan, which is an 
extension of 1987's Greening of Boston and 
Boston's Open Space: An Urban Open Space 
Plan, updates the Department's open space 
planning goals, both on a system-wide and 
neighborhood by neighborhood basis. 



A neighborhood clean-up at Savin Hill Park in Dorchester 
is a chance for adults and children to help out in the lo- 
cal community. 



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Thanks to fundins from the Boston Founda- 
tion and support from the Boston Greenspace 
Alliance, the Department held a citywide 
Open Space Consress in February 1991 fol- 
lowed by meetinss in every neighborhood 
throughout the spring and summer. The final 
product, which will be completed in 1993, 
will provide planning guidance for open space 
throughout the city over the next 5 years. It 
will address neighborhood issues like public 
shade trees; programming needs; capital reha- 
bilitation; acquisition of new facilities; mainte- 
nance of local and large parks; urban wilds; 
cemeteries and community gardens; as well as 
addressing citywide systems such as the 
Boston Harbor and the Emerald Necklace. The 
Parks Department's Open Space Plan for 
Boston will give the City of Boston direction 
on the future of open space and will ensure 
the effectiveness and efficiency of further in- 
vestment. 



Hundreds of Roxbury residents joined Mayor Raymond L 
Flynn and Parks Department Assistant Commissioner 
Jackie W. Cooper to dedicate a new park in honor of 
lon3time community activist Clarence "Jeep" Jones. 



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Assistant Commissioner Victoria Williams speaks with local residents at Puddingstone Urban Wild. 



Urban Wilds 

Urban Wilds are the City of Boston's areas of 
natural beauty and ecolosical importance. The 
Parks Department and the Environment Depart- 
ment have been planning for acquisition of the 
natural areas under city ownership, which the 
Parks Maintenance Division and Boston youth 
Cleanup Corps have been manasins since 
1989. 

In 1991, the Parks Department acquired the 
Bussey Brook Urban Wild in Jamaica Plain. 
Mayor Flynn joined Boston Park Ransers, neigh- 
bors and environmental advocates in a walkins 
tour of the newly acquired site in September. 
Also durins the fall, the Department began 
workins with the Appalachian Mountain Club 
on developing a trail program for Allendale 
Woods in West Roxbury which was imple- 
mented in the summer of 1992. 



Community Gardens 

In 1990-1992, the Parks Department contin- 
ued to be an active supporter of Boston's 
community gardens. The Department assisted 
the gardens through maintenance support, 
spring and fall cleanups, and special projects 
with volunteer organizations like City Year for a 
Day. Community Gardening Day in Boston was 
celebrated at the end of the 1991 growing 
season with a Mayoral Proclamation, a special 
luncheon, awards and a bus tour of the South 
End's gardens. 

Also in 1991, the Parks Department hired ur- 
ban gardeners at the community farm to de- 
velop and implement a training program for 
Boston Housing Authority Grounds Personnel. 
Employees from several BHA sites completed 
the program and a second phase of training 
was completed in 1992. 




Maintenance 




1990 throush 1992 brought a slight decrease 
in the Parks Maintenance staff, yet the force re- 
sponded with its characteristic fervor: increas- 
ing efficiency through the purchase of labor- 
saving machines,- attending to neighborhood 
needs of field preparation and flower beds; 
scheduling regular pickups of debris; proac- 
tively reaching out to the environmental com- 
munity to help with community gardens, ur- 
ban wilds, and composting; and working 
around the clock to beautify, manage and 
maintain Boston's parks and open spaces. For 
these efforts, the Maintenance Unit was 
awarded the Boston Management Consortium's 
American Express Program Excellence Award 
for 1990. 

Hurricane Bob 

In the field, no single event could have 
tested the organization and discipline of the 
Parks Maintenance Staff and Tree Crew more 
than Hurricane Bob. This August 1991 storm 
brought in over 700 requests for assistance to 
damaged trees. There were 500 trees lost in 
the storm and the Department answered all in- 
quiries. Throughout Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain 
and parts of Dorchester where the storm took 



the biggest toll, trees were split in half, block- 
ing street and sidewalk passage and destroying 
nearby cars and houses. Working 24-hour days 
for two weeks, the dedicated group headed 
by Maintenance Director Don King and Tree 
Superintendent Brian Gilbert brought things un- 
der control. 

Turf Maintenance, Ballfield Prep, 
Tot Lots 

The Department provides regular year-round 
maintenance of turf, ballfields and tot lots in 
order to ensure well-maintained and safe recre- 
ational spaces. The Parks Department issues 
thousands of permits for sport leagues and 
special events each year and to that end, 
keeps the maintenance staff busy preparing 
fields and parks throughout the city. More and 
more sport leagues have been using Boston 
playgrounds and that is reflected in the num- 
ber of ballfields serviced: Parks maintenance 
crews serviced 184 ballfields per year from 
1990 through 1992. To increase efficiency, 
crews are trained in the areas of safe equip- 
ment use and enforcement of preventative 
maintenance guidelines. 



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A new, state-of-the-art greenhouse in Franklin Park adds to the precision of the horticulture division according to Super- 
intendent John Slayter. 



Tree Policy and Reforestation 

In 1991, the Department reconvened the 
Shade Tree Advisory Committee, a sroup of 
tree experts and advocates to advise the De- 
partment on issues pertainins to public shade 
trees. Among the tasks of the Committee was 
the adoption of the Comprehensive Public 
Shade Tree Policy for the City of Boston which 
reviews existing legislation, clarifies procedure, 
defines standard tree care and promotes com- 
munity participation in tree planting and main- 
tenance. Street tree plantings increased in 
1990-1992 with over 693 new trees in the 
ground, thanks in part to the Parks' Community 
Tree Program, a cooperative program between 
the Parks Department and its constituents 
which enables local businesses, community or- 
ganizations and residents to purchase trees at 
wholesale price and the Parks Tree Division 
will plant these trees at no cost. 

In addition to regular tree maintenance, the 
Department developed annual Arbor Day 
planting programs for Boston schools. Hun- 
dreds of schoolchildren participated in the Ar- 
bor Day celebration as part of the Park Rang- 
ers environmental education program. 



Rebuilding of Franklin Park Yard 

The rehabilitation of Franklin Park Mainte- 
nance Yard has been ongoing for the last three 
years thanks to the continued support of the 
Public Facilities Department, this important 
project remains ahead of schedule. To date, 
over $2 million has been spent on restoring 
the basic infrastructure of the buildings. Fol- 
lowing a master plan, the result is a more effi- 
cient and utilitarian work space which pro- 
motes greater efficiency and reflects the 
professionalism of the workforce within. 

The rebuilding adds a second state-of-the-art 
greenhouse to the complex which includes a 
flexible heating system which can expand as 
future facilities come on line. The greenhouses 
allow the Horticultural Division to keep up 
those floral traditions in the Public Garden and 
over 80 neighborhood locations. 



Photo preceding page-. 

Cleaning up fallen trees and debris in the aftermath of 
Hurricane Bob revealed the stamina of the Parks Depart- 
ment Maintenance crews. 



Itoston 

Raymond L. Flynn, Mayor 



April 1, 1993 



Dear Friend: 

On behalf of the City of Boston Parks and Recreation 
Department, thank you for supporting our efforts to maintain and 
beautify Boston's park system and to provide quality programs 
for city residents . 

Enclosed please find a copy of the Parks Department's Annual 
Report for the years of 1990 through 1992. Although these years 
were challenging due to financial cutbacks, the Department 
maintained its level of excellence thanks to the support of 
residents, the corporate community, and community and 
environmental groups . 

Thank you again for your support; I hope to see you in the 
parks this year. 



Sincerely, 



bincereiy, ^-s. 

Lawrence A. Dwyer 
Commissioner 



Lawrence A. Dwyer/Commissioner/Parks and Recreation Department/1010 Mass. Ave. /Boston, MA 021 18 




Cemeteries 




Active Cemeteries 

The City of Boston's three active cemeteries, 
Fairview, Evergreen, and Mount Hope, contin- 
ued to receive needed improvements and up- 
graded maintenance over 1990-1992. 

At Mount Hope Cemetery in Mattapan, fund- 
ing from the George Robert White Fund re- 
paired the 1955 monument to Veterans of All 
Wars. This memorial is the focus of the annual 
Memorial Day services at Mount Hope where 
thousands of Boston veterans from all wars 
since the Civil War are buried. In conjunction 
with the unveiling of the newly restored monu- 
ment in 1990, the Parks Department also dedi- 
cated the Frank Kelly, former Parks Commis- 
sioner and veterans rights advocate, memorial 
veterans' section of Mount Hope. 

In 1991 the majority of a new maintenance 
facility was completed. This space provides 
storage area, maintenance bays for equipment 
repair and cover for cemetery vehicles. The 
19th-century administration building was re- 
pointed and painted in 1991, and the porte- 
cochere of the next door chapel building was 
fully reconstructed. 

At Fairview Cemetery in Hyde Park, expan- 
sion of burial space continued in conjunction 



with the 1989 plan to increase burials by 
5,000 spaces over 10 years. 750 double crypt 
burial spaces were constructed in 1991 and 
loaming and seeding of new burial areas com- 
pleted construction. 

At Evergreen Cemetery, the Parks Depart- 
ment and neighborhood groups successfully 
garnered the support of the Edward Ingersoll 
Browne Fund for the repair of the Civil War 
monument. Located in the center of the ceme- 
tery, the Civil War monument was constructed 
in 1868 as the Town of Brighton's memorial to 
26 Brighton natives who died in the war. In 
1993, the monument will be repaired. 



In 1990, family members, friends and city officials gath- 
ered at Mt. Hope Cemetery to celebrate the opening of 
the former Parks Commissioner Frank R. Kelley Memorial 
section. 



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Historic Cemeteries 

The Park? Department's Historic Burying 
Grounds Initiative is a 6-year-old effort to re- 
store the 16 historic cemeteries in the City of 
Boston. Many of these cemeteries date to the 
1600s and 1700s and are the restins place of 
many famous Americans includins Paul Revere, 
John Hancock, Samuel Adams, Cotton Mather, 
the lesendary Mother Goose and many other 
men and women responsible for the develop- 
ment of Boston as a city. 

Over the past three years, with combined 
public and private support, the Initiative suc- 
cessfully completed several restoration projects 
in historic cemeteries as well as a series of ed- 
ucational prosrams and outreach efforts for 
schoolchildren and community sroups. 

At the Dorchester North Burying Ground, 
$125,000 of funding from the Edward Ingersoll 
Browne Fund and the George B. Henderson 
Foundation made possible the repair of over 
700 broken and toppled gravemarkers and al- 
lowed for the installation of security lighting. 
Another important gravestone conservation 
program was undertaken at the Central Burying 
Ground on Boston Common where combined 
grants totalling $24,000 from the Massachusetts 



Cultural Council, the Henderson Foundation 
and the Friends of the Public Garden and 
Common funded the comprehensive repair 
and resetting of several hundred gravestones. 

The Friends of Granary Burying Ground, a 
group made up of representatives of abutting 
institutions and building owners, oversaw the 
installation of a new path system and a handi- 
cap accessible entrance in the site, which 
dates to 1660. With plans provided by CBT, 
Inc., this $100,000 project was funded in large 
part by a contribution of Leggatt McCall Prop- 
erties, developers of neighboring 73 Tremont 
Street. 



Boston Park Ranger Joy Reo leads a tour through the 
city's historic cemeteries. 



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General Superintendent Frank Havlin and Administrative Assistant Theresa Dean review gravesites at Mt. Hope Cemetery. 



A series of structural projects were com- 
pleted with the assistance of Mayor Flynn's 
"Rebuilding Boston" capital improvement pro- 
gram. The gates at Granary and King's Chapel 
Burying Grounds were completely rehabilitated 
with missing finials and pickets replaced and 
bronze plaques cleaned. The front masonry 
wall was reconstructed at the Market Street 
Burying Ground in Brighton, and the Hull 
Street entrance and wall at Copp's Hill Burying 
Ground was repaired. At Bennington Street's 
Cemetery in East Boston, $40,000 was devoted 
to a new steel picket fencing along Swift Ter- 
race. 



The Friends of Bennington Street Cemetery 
was also formed over the past three years by 
over 400 neighborhood residents. Thus far, the 
Friends have raised funds to plant 17 trees in 
the burying ground and have sponsored nu- 
merous events and activities, garnering greater 
support for East Boston's first cemetery. 

In 1991, the Historic Burying Grounds Initia- 
tive and the Boston Park Rangers collaborated 
with the Old South Meeting House and the 
Freedom Trail Foundation to develop "From 
Meeting Place to Resting Place," an interpretive 
program for Boston schoolchildren using the 
Granary Burying Ground and the Old South 
Meeting House as teaching tools. 




Regional 
Administration 




The regional administrators help facilitate 
constituent requests, community meetings, 
neighborhood cleanups, and special activities 
in local parks. 

The heart of the system is the Constituent 
Service Center, formed in 1990 as a clearing- 
house for requests, complaints, and comments 
from Boston residents. From 1990-1992, the 
Center handled 362,006 calls, including 7,544 
tree requests, and 10,168 inquiries about park 
services as a result of vandalism, graffiti, dam- 
aged lights and equipment. 

Fifty Park Partners work with the Regional 
Administrators to develop recreational activi- 
ties, park cleanups, summer employment, and 
park security Local businesses such as WMJX- 
FM and Browning Ferris Industries support this 
worthwhile program by funding cleanup and 
Green Up Days each spring and fall. 

Since the 1970s, the Friends of Titus Sparrow 
Park in the South End have closely monitored 
developments and changes to this neighbor- 
hood landmark, playing an active role in park 
maintenance, safety and programs such as ath- 
letics, gardening and concerts. From 1990 to 
1992, the community group worked diligently 
with the Parks Department to implement 



$60,000 in capital improvements for a chil- 
dren's playground and landscaping, aiding in 
the planning and design processes. 

The Brookside Neighborhood Association has 
fought over the years to preserve their neigh- 
borhood from urban crime and blight. As an 
original Park Partner, they began caring for 
Cornwall-Flaherty Playground in Jamaica Plain 
by sponsoring the purchase of a fence to 
close the park to vehicles. 

The Roberta "Bobbie" Delaney Tot Lot in 
Charlestown was dedicated amidst neighbors 
and family joined by Mayor Raymond L. Flynn 
and former Mayor Kevin H. White. Honoring 
Mrs. Delaney for her years of service and part- 
nership with the community, the new facility 
provides Charlestown youngsters with a new 
playground in a safe, clean environment at Do- 
herty Park. 



The new children's playground in South Boston's Colum- 
bus Park, named for longtime Parks Department em- 
ployee Dorothy M. Curran, is a popular spot for children 
of all ages and abilities. 



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Mayor and Mrs. Kathy Flynn, Commissioner Dwyer, Capital Planning Director Ellen Daley, Public Facilities Director Mary 
Nee, and Parks Regional Administrator Bill Stoddard join neighborhood residents and advocates at the opening of Martin 
Playground in 1992. 



Portsmouth Street Playground in Brighton re- 
ceived $288,000 in improvements to the chil- 
dren's playlot, the basketball court, new land- 
scaping and fencing. Working with Parks 
Department staff throughout the renovation 
process, residents helped select equipment, 
design the park layout and develop play areas 
to meet specific needs. 

The Dorothy Curran Playground in Columbus 
Park in South Boston was dedicated in Octo- 
ber 1990 in honor of Mrs. Curran, an employee 
of the Parks Department for over forty years, 
who has dedicated herself to public service 
and providing recreational opportunities to all 
Boston residents. Curran, who developed the 
Camp Joy program for residents with special 
needs perpetuates her devotion with this play- 
ground which is specifically designed to inte- 
grate handicap and able-bodied children. The 
colorful play equipment is always in use, pro- 
viding a meeting ground for children of all 
ages and abilities. 

In July 1991, the Healy Field complex in 
Roslindale was reopened to the public after 
completion of nearly $2 million in renovations. 
The Parks Department, in cooperation with the 
Public Facilities Department, built a tot lot, re- 



furbished the basketball court, and added 
fencing, landscaping, drinking fountains and 
ball diamonds. At the official park opening, 
Mayor Flynn and Parks Commissioner Lawrence 
A. Dwyer presented a plaque to John Derm- 
jian for his leadership and service to the Park- 
way community. 

The Dorchester Park Association, the Lower 
Mills Civic Association and neighboring Carney 
Hospital all provided the impetus and direc- 
tion for $825,000 worth of improvements to 
Dorchester Park completing one of the most 
extensive neighborhood renovations in the 
city. 

The September 1991 dedication of Jeep 
Jones Park in Roxbury drew hundreds of local 
residents and community leaders to the new 
facility to honor its namesake, Clarence Jeep 
Jones, a longtime community activist. Many of 
those in attendance had participated in the 
renovation project from its inception. Assistant 
Commissioner Jackie W. Cooper met with stu- 
dents and teachers from the Timilty Middle 
School and neighborhood residents several 
times to develop a comprehensive plan ad- 
dressing the needs of the community and the 
adjacent school. 







Programming 



The Parks Department takes pride in its abil- 
ity to provide free, year-round quality pro- 
gramming to Boston residents. From 1990-1992, 
hundreds of thousands of people enjoyed ac- 
tivities varying in the areas of sports and fit- 
ness, musical performances, educational pro- 
grams, seasonal events, and arts and crafts. 

Sports and fitness, concerts, arts and crafts, 
and family outings like the Annual Kite Festival 
are scheduled each summer in neighborhood 
and downtown parks, which teem with activ- 
ity. 

During the school year, the Programming Unit 
schedules Envirocation classes, a Halloween 
parade, ice skating, and holiday entertainment, 
especially during school vacation weeks. 

Sports and Fitness 

From 1990-1992, the Department continued 
its commitment to the youth of Boston through 
clinics in the sports of basketball, tennis, soc- 
cer, baseball and golf in neighborhood parks 
throughout the City of Boston. Mayor's Cup 
tournaments in golf, baseball, softball and flag 
football drew thousands of men and women 
from throughout the city. 

Local youths, aged 6 to 14, competed for 
the gold at the Mayor's Youth Olympics which 
consisted of five regional preliminaries capped 




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The Courageous Sailing Center, Inc. gives Boston youths a 
chance to set sail on Boston Harbor. 



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off by a citywide championship at White Sta- 
dium in Franklin Park. The Stadium was also 
the site of the Hershey Games, one of the larg- 
est developmental track and field programs in 
the country, which brings youths from all 50 
states to a national competition in Hershey, 
Pennsylvania. 

The Parks Department's dedication to the im- 
portance of physical fitness was demonstrated 
through the Fitness in the Park program spon- 
sored by Adidas, Eau de Vie, Boston Athletic 
Association and WLVI-TV Channel 56 Kids Com- 
pany. The two-part exercise series was en- 
hanced by the visit of international film star 
and Chairman of the President's Fitness Council 
Arnold Schwarzenegger to Boston Common. 
The actor spoke to a crowd of over 10,000 
people on the significance of regular sports 
participation and led a series of calisthenics. 

Concerts 

Music in the parks is a great Boston tradition 
each summer,- over 65 free concerts are sched- 
uled with local sponsors like WBOS, Cablevi- 
sion, The Boston Five, and others. 

The oldest music series in Boston is the City 
Hall Plaza Concert Series on Wednesday eve- 



nings. A tradition in Boston since 1967, this 
free concert series on City Hall Plaza is en- 
joyed by about 15,000 people each week in- 
cluding elderly residents with transportation 
provided by the Parks Department. 1990-1992 
featured musical legends like Al Martino, Count 
Basie Orchestra, Sha Na Na, the Spinners, and 
Herb Reed and the Platters. 



Ferdinand Colloredo-Mansfield of the Boston Coordinating 
Committee presents a check to Mayor Flynn in support 
of the city's Sports Camps at White Stadium, providing 
thousands of children with summer recreation and ath- 
letics training. 



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Herb Reed and the Platters perform on City Hall Plaza as part of the Wednesday 
Evenings on the Plaza concert series. 



Other Recreational Programs 

Boston's neighborhood parks came alive 
with free theater performances during the 
summers of 1990-1992. Boston Children's The- 
atre, a company of young actors, performed 
popular children's stories "Little Red Riding 
Hood" and "Free to be You and Me," for 
neighborhood kids in local parks. 

Once again, Fun-on-Wheels vans traveled 
through the City of Boston bringing sports, 
games, arts and crafts and other organized 
group activities to kids ages 15 and under. The 
program was sponsored by WFXT-TV Channel 
25 and supported by Child World. 



Thousands of young sailors took to the 
Boston Harbor during the summers of 1990 to 
1992 aboard the Courageous, a two-time 
America's Cup winner that was donated to the 
City of Boston in 1986. The Courageous Sailing 
Program provided Boston youths, ages 8 to 20, 
with free sailing lessons and allowed adults to 
rent the fleet of J/22s, Rhodes 19 and Laser 
sailboats situated at Charlestown Navy Yard, 
which are handicap accessible to learn, race 
or simply enjoy the outdoors. Rowboats and 
sailboats were also available for rent at Ja- 
maica Pond. 



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In the winter months, Boston Park Rangers teach urban ecology to fourth and fifth graders in the public schools through- 
out the city. 



Ranger Programs 

Throughout the Emerald Necklace, whether 
on horseback, bicycle or foot, Boston Park 
Rangers enforce security and rules, but more 
importantly educate the public on the city's 
open spaces. The Rangers offer a number of 
educational and recreational programs which 
appeal to all ages and areas of interest and 
vary from bicycle and walking tours through' 
the Emerald Necklace, Urban Wilds and bury- 
ing grounds, to pondside poetry and prose 
and fishing lessons. The Rangers are assisted 
by Junior Park Rangers each summer, part of 
the city's Jobs For Youth program. 

1990-1992 were remarkable years for the 
Rangers. Four new programs were developed 
and implemented. They include Tour of Post 



Office Square Park, Boston Black Heritage, 
Women's History Walk and Pondside Poetry 
and Prose. 

Educational programs include Envirocation, 
in which Rangers visited Boston elementary 
schools which culminated with the Design A 
Park Exhibit at City Hall; and the Pilot Environ- 
mental Education Program for 30 high school 
students affiliated with the Fenway Community 
Program at Bunker Hill College. 

Special projects included the Fall Leaf Festi- 
val, the 5th Annual New England Mounted Po- 
lice Association Competition sponsored by the 
Rangers, and Earth Day celebrations at the Uni- 
versity of Massachusetts. 




Public/Private 
Partnerships 




A variety of economic and political factors 
have encourased local sovemment asencies to 
develop a new reliance on corporate and me- 
dia sponsorships to supplement diminishing 
operating budgets. 

The City of Boston is fortunate to have a 
number of responsible and philanthropic cor- 
porations which understand the importance of 
giving back to the community, and thereby 
helping to define the quality of life in Boston. 

During this administration, the Boston Parks 
and Recreation Department initiated an aggres- 
sive corporate sponsorship program, largely 
targeted toward introducing new recreational 
and educational programs to Boston youths. 
The goal was, and still is, to target neighbor- 
hood and downtown parks, define a menu of 
programs needed in each community, and so- 
licit support from local companies. 

Donations come in a variety of forms: dol- 
lars, services, equipment, and advertising 
space. In FY91 the Parks Department raised a 
total of $337,000 and increased its total in 
F/92 by over 300%, for a total of $1.2 million. 

Partying in the Parks 

Leading contributors to Parks programs dur- 



ing these three years were Cablevision of 
Boston, The Boston Five, and WBOS 92.9 FM, 
all of whom sponsored summer-long concert 
series in neighborhood parks throughout the 
city. Surely the highlight of the season was the 
Willie Nelson Concert, September 4, 1991, 
sponsored by Cablevision and the Parks De- 
partment on the Boston Common. Other mem- 
orable concerts included the annual Italian 
Night in Brophy Park, sponsored by The 
Boston Five, and the June 1991 Sean Colvin 
concert on Copley Square Park, sponsored by 
WBOS-FM. 

The Haymarket Bank, the Union Oyster 
House, Bostonian Hotel, Sharp's, Cablevision, 
and WPLM-FM, all supported the prestigious 
Wednesday Evenings on City Hall Plaza, 
formed in 1967. Programmed for the enjoy- 
ment of the city's senior citizens, the series in- 
cluded prestigious bands like Glen Miller, Ben 
E. King, Duke Ellington, and the Tommy Dorsey 
Orchestra. 



Willie Nelson performs on Boston Common, the grand fi- 
nale of Cablevision's "Party in the Park" concert series in 
1991. 



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Media Sponsors 

The Boston Herald was the Parks Depart- 
ment's major media sponsor, donatins twelve 
weeks of free space advertising each year to 
promote not just concerts, but sports clinics, 
Ranger programs, and special events. Thanks to 
the Herald's generosity, hundreds of thousands 
of Boston residents, commuters, and tourists 
were apprised each week of the free activities 
offered in the parks. 

WFXT-TV Channel 25 helped to send a 
Boston delegation of 100 young athletes to the 
25th annual Youth Games in Atlanta, Georgia, 
in 1991, where they competed with kids from 
16 other cities. Fox also provided valuable tele- 
vision time to help the city promote special 
activities like the annual Halloween Parade and 
the popular Christmas Tree Lighting on Boston 
Common. 

Other valuable media sponsors included 
WBZ-AM 1030, which sponsors the annual 
Teddy Bear Picnic on Boston Common, WMJX- 
FM, which sponsored a Family Day on Boston 
Common and a seasonal park cleanup, WLVI- 
TV Channel 56, which sponsored the annual 
Kite Festival and a number of children's pro- 
grams, and WILD-AM, which also helped spon- 
sor the Kite Festival. 



Games in the Parks 

Quality recreation is a critical element in the 
city's efforts to work with Boston youth, and a 
number of new programs were initiated with 
sponsorship support. The Boston Coordinating 
Committee -(Vault) invested $50,000 in the first 
two citywide Sports Camps at White Stadium 
in Franklin Park, wherein over 15,000 young- 
sters learned athletic fundamentals in five 
sports. The instructor/student ratio was 1:10, 
and most of the instructors were professional 
and collegiate coaches and athletes from the 
Boston area. 



Hundreds of youngsters brought their teddy bears out to 
the WBZ Teddy Bear Picnic and enjoyed music per- 
formed by the internationally acclaimed folk duo Rosen- 
shontz. 



Thanks to the continued support of The Boston Five, lo- 
cal youngsters learned the sport of golf from profession- 
als. 



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Reebok helped resurface basketball courts at 
Townfield in Dorchester, and then helped un- 
derwrite the city's first Blacktop Tournament, 
where Boston's top players competed for 
brassing rights as the number one playground 
team in the city. 

The New England Lawn Tennis Association 
has also worked closely with the City of 
Boston to provide tennis lessons throughout 
Boston's neighborhood parks. 

The Boston Five sponsored the city's Junior 
Golf Program at Franklin Park, where thousands 
of local children learned about driving, put- 
ting, and the protocol of golf. 

Sports Pros Visit Parks 

The Parks Department also developed the 
city's first "Professional Athletes Series," which 
brought coaches and players from Boston's 
four professional athletic teams into local parks 
to not only teach fundamentals of sports, but 
to speak to kids about teen violence, drug 
abuse, and the importance of staying in 
school. 

The Boston Red Sox launched the Series in 
1988 with SoxTalks, and brought leading play- 
ers like Roger Clemens and Tony Pena to inner 



city parks, where aspiring ballplayers got a 
chance to talk about bunting, pitching, batting, 
and catching. 

The Boston Celtics gave the Parks Depart- 
ment a series of basketball clinics each sum- 
mer, supported in part by Gatorade. Reggie 
Lewis, Joe Kleine, Dee Brown, Rick Fox, Ed 
Pinckney and others made sure that Boston 
youngsters could dribble, pass, and shoot free 
throws. 

The Boston Bruins and Ne ' England Patriots 
have also supported the city s efforts to reach 
Boston teenagers by supplying tickets and 
equipment to community programs. 



Mayor Flynn, flanked by Boston Celtics Dee Brown and 
Dominique Wilkins, officially dedicates the refurbished 
basketball courts at Dorchester's Townfield, renovated by 
Reebok through their Blacktop promotion. 




1992 SPECIAL EVENTS 

Public/Private 

1992 marked the initiation of many large- 
scale events, which have been in the planning 
stages for the past few years. These new Parks 
programs were enjoyed by thousands of 
Boston residents, commuters and tourists and 
were entertaining as well as educational. With 
support from the business community, the 
Parks Department plans to establish these pro- 
grams as annual events in order that they will 
continue to have a lasting effect on the 
Greater Boston area. 

20th Annual lAAF/Snickers 

World Cross-Country Championships 

Over 580 of the world's best runners from 
54 different countries competed at the 20th 
Annual lAAF/Snickers World Cross-Country 
Championships at Franklin Park on March 21, 
1992. Athletes galloped through the snow- 
covered trails of the newly constructed course 
in four races — junior men, junior women, sen- 
ior men, and senior women. Lynn Jennings of 
Newmarket, New Hampshire, captured her 
third straight World Championship title in the 



senior women's race and Kenyan John Ngugi 
triumphed in the senior men's division. 

The event marked Boston's first international 
competition, having brought 4,000 visitors to 
the city and generating $10 million into 
Boston's economy. More than 20,000 specta- 
tors attended the race which was broadcast 
live and tape-delay to over 30 million people 
worldwide. The championships were spon- 
sored by M & M Mars/Snickers, International 
Amateur Athletic Federation, City of Boston, 
Coca-Cola, NTV, Seiko, Olivetti, Boston Globe, 
Massport, Prudential Property Company, Adi- 
das and the MBTA. 



Runners from all over the world compete during the 20th 
Annual lAAF/Snickers World Cross Country Champion- 
ships on the newly constructed course in Franklin Park. 




First Annual Copley Square 
Book Fair 

On June 12 and 13, 1992, the Boston Parks 
Department introduced a new use of park 
space when it launched the First Annual Co- 
pley Square Book Fair in Copley Square Park, 
nestled between the Boston Public Library and 
Trinity Church. The event was held in conjunc- 
tion with the Boston Public School Department 
and Boston Public Library and was sponsored 
by the Boston Phoenix, WBZ-AM 1030, Fox 25, 
and Cablevision. Over 25,000 people attended 
the book fair over the two-day period. 

More than 100 publishers, bookstores and lit- 
eracy sroups displayed and sold a wide ranse 
of reading materials, while over 80 authors in- 
cluding Dan Wakefield, Alan Dershowitz and 
Jay O'Callahan participated in discussion pan- 
els, readings, storytelling and book signings. 
Boston Public schoolchildren performed songs, 
scenes from children's books, and read essays 
they had written. 



Proceeds from the book fair totalling over 
$3,000 in cash derived from author signings 
and a raffle, and $12,000 worth of books con- 
tributed by participating publishers, were do- 
nated to local chapters of Reading Is Funda- 
mental (RIF), the nation's oldest children's 
literacy group. Aer Lingus and the Irish Tourist 
Board provided the grand prize in the raffle — 
a round trip for two to Ireland. A presentation 
ceremony was held at the Maurice J. Tobin 
School on September 17, 1992, with Mayor 
Raymond L. Flynn, RIF Chairman of the Board 
Mrs. Anne Richardson, School Superintendent 
Lois Harrison-Jones and representatives from 
local publishers. 



Mother and son browse through exhibits during the First 
Annual Copley Square Book Fair. 



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Sail 92 

The Boston Parks Department played a key 
role in the success of the majestic SAIL '92 cel- 
ebration in July, as hundreds of tall ships from 
over 30 countries sailed into Boston Harbor, as 
part of the Columbus quincentennial. 

All of the city's parks alons the waterfront 
were used as viewing areas, and provided the 
estimated 2 million spectators with concerts, 
entertainment, vendors and picnic space. 

The Parks Department held its own fundrais- 
ing event at the Couraseous Sailing Center in 
Charlestown Navy Yard, to benefit this city 
program dedicated to teaching inner city chil- 
dren sailing fundamentals on the ocean. 

Helping to sponsor the fundraiser was 
WHDH Television and Radio, which provided 
vendors and sampling, and live broadcast 
throughout the weekend. 

Stolichnaya Vodka also helped sponsor a 
fundraiser for the Center on February 14, 1992, 
at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Hundreds of peo- 
ple gathered to view the actual America's Cup 
during its visit to Boston and bid on silent auc- 
tion items donated by local restaurants and re- 
tailers. 

A newly created Courageous Sailing Center 
Board of Directors, consisting of Parks staff and 
members of the local corporate and sailing 
communities, was formed as a result of these 
successful programming efforts. The Board will 
develop a marketing plan for the Center and 
coordinate activities over the next five years. 





Thousands of residents, commuters and tourists joined 
the festivities at the Courageous Sailing Center in celebra- 
tion of the tall ships visit to Boston. 



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WXKS Fall Festival 

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department, 
in conjunction with WXKS-FM "Kiss 108" and 
Avery-Gold Productions, hosted a free three- 
day cultural extravasanza on the Boston Com- 
mon on Columbus Day Weekend, October 9- 
11, 1992. 

The fall festival included performances from 
local musicians, many who have appeared in 
the Parks Department's summer concert series, 
as well as from nationally-known recording 
stars like Wilson Phillips, David Sanborn, 
"Cheers" star Woody Harrelson and the Moon- 
Dogs, and the Cover Girls. 

The event was attended by over 50,000 peo- 
ple over the three-day period and also fea- 
tured a variety of arts and crafts exhibitions 
and food from some of the city's finest restau- 
rants. 

Civil War Reenactment 

Hundreds of people gathered on the Boston 
Common, the nation's oldest park, to help re- 
create American history on November 7, 1992. 
The event marked the city's first reenactment 
and was part of the city's Veterans Day cele- 
bration. Over 100 troops dressed in authentic 
Civil War period costumes, armed with mus- 



kets and cannons presented drills, encamp- 
ments, demonstrations, and flag displays. Two 
Irish regiments from Massachusetts who fought 
in the Civil War were memorialized — the Irish 
9th (now the 101st Infantry, Massachusetts Na- 
tional Guard) and the 28th Infantry. 

The reenactment, co-sponsored by the Parks 
Department, Massachusetts Ancient Order of 
Hibernians (AOH) and the Irish Brigade Associ- 
ation, also supported the city's "Adopt A 
Statue" program, a fundraising effort to main- 
tain the memorial statue to Thomas Cass, Colo- 
nel of the Ninth Massachusetts Infantry, located 
in the Public Garden, and other public art trea- 
sures throughout Boston. 



Over 100 troops comprised of Massachusetts Irish volun- 
teers recreate the Civil War on the Boston Common, 
markins the first reenactment of its kind on the nation's 
oldest park. 




Emerald 
Necklace 




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Franklin Park (Boston's Latest Park) 

Franklin Park's revitalization prosram was 
quite literally off and running on November 30, 
1991, when the newly finished $450,000, 4- 
mile cross-country course officially opened for 
the 1991 National Championships. Capital in- 
vestments exceeding $36 million in Franklin 
Park have ensured a true restoration of the 
city's largest park. The golf course, the Zoo, 
White Stadium, and the new cross-country 
trails have moved the park forward. Active 
neighborhood participation has secured this in- 
vestment. 

The most exciting measure of Franklin Park's 
renewal is in the numbers and types of users* 
the park serves. Over the past three years the 
refurbished William Devine Golf Course has 
seen 60,000 rounds of play and is the site of 
large-scale tournaments. Visitation at the 
greatly upgraded Franklin Park Zoo has 
reached over 20,000 people annually, and now 
has a boost each Halloween with the En- 
chanted Forest. 

The city's $4.2 million furbishing of White 
Stadium, undertaken by the Public Facilities De- 



partment, School Department, and the White 
Fund, was celebrated with a gala opening 
which the Parks Department co-hosted in Sep- 
tember 1990. Other capital improvements to 
Franklin Park during 1990 to 1992 include 
nearly $800,000 invested by the city to relight 
and repave Circuit Drive; and $130,000 pro- 
vided by the Parkman Fund to complement 
previous efforts by the MBTA to enhance the 
Humboldt Avenue entrance. 

Boston Common Management Plan 

In the fall of 1991 the Boston Common Man- 
agement Plan received a Merit Award in Land- 
scape Planning from the Boston Society of 
Landscape Architects. As Boston Common, es- 
tablished in 1634 marking the oldest public 
park in the United States, is the city's signature 
park, the plan is a model for all Parks Depart- 
ment open space. 



Each year, thousands of people tee off on the newly re- 
furbished William Devine Golf Course at Franklin Park. 



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Mother and son stroll around scenic Jamaica Pond. 



After a year of refining the recommendations 
by community activists, the plan was adopted 
by the Parks Commission and published in a 
format that guides city administrators, state ad- 
ministrators, events organizers, and all who 
want to protect and enhance Boston Common. 
As the plan developed, so did several capital 
efforts. The city instituted projects include the 
$80,000 restoration of Brewer Fountain. A city 
match of a donation of new play equipment 
resulted in total tot lot improvements of 
$75,000. The Parkman Fund provided $13,500 
for handrails at the Shaw/World War I Memo- 
rial. Another $102,000 in Parkman Fund monies 
provided a model for pathway and furnishing 
replacement along the Park Street Mall. 

The plan continues to provide a framework 
for action. Over the past three years, the Mass- 
achusetts Convention Center Authority has 
worked with the city and the community to 
design replacement kiosks and to rehabilitate 
the Parade Grounds when the underground 
Boston Common garage is reconstructed. The 
city's $1 million project to replace the Visitor 
Information Center will be constructed in 1993, 
focusing on the reuse of the existing Ranger 
Station building. The city and the MBTA will 



work together to assure that when the Park 
Street and the Boylston Street stations are re- 
habilitated, Boston Common will be protected 
and enhanced. 

Emerald Necklace 

In all the Olmsted parks of the Emerald 
Necklace there are new signs at major en- 
trances, as part of the continuing implementa- 
tion of the Emerald Necklace sign program. 
The signs, installed in 1990 in Franklin Park, Ja- 
maica Pond, Olmsted Park, the Riverway and 
Back Bay Fens parks, were paid for by $60,400 
in Parkman Fund monies. 

Between Franklin Park and Boston Common, 
polishing of the Emerald Necklace was evident 
throughout 1990 to 1992. Arnold Arboretum 
infrastructure improvements continued with 
path paving, and bench and drinking fountain 
installation, totalling $150,000 in city funds. 

The $415,000 rehabilitation and reopening of 
the Jamaica Pond Boat House and Bandstand, 
directed by the Boston Public Facilities Depart- 
ment, was feted June 2, 1991. This day also 
celebrated completion of the bike path con- 
structed along the former bridle path and the 
first phase of capital improvements to restore 



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Thousands of visitors and residents gather for caroling and fun during the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony on 
Boston Common. 



the water's edge and pedestrian path, projects 
supported with $457,752 in state funds and 
$250,000 in Parkman Fund monies administered 
by the Trust Office of the City of Boston. The 
past three summers have seen the new plant- 
ings at the water's edge begin to take hold, 
with extra care provided by the Jamaica Pond 
Project. 

At Ward's Pond subtle and important 
changes took place under joint efforts with the 
Appalachian Mountain Club. Hard work to se- 
lectively clear away brush, dead logs, under- 
cover vegetation and improve pathways and 
trails was executed by students from the Edna 
Stein and Compass Schools, under the AMC's 
Youth Opportunities Program. Plans are under 
way to expand the efforts in 1993. 

In the Fens, work by the George Robert 
White Fund was completed to restore the 
World War II Memorial. That project and con- 
servation of the Johnson Memorial Gates at 
Westland Avenue were administered by the 
Trust Office. The work on the Gates, including 
lighting scheduled for 1993, will come to 
$30,000. Reroofing of the Duck House at Agas- 
siz Road was supervised by the Public Facili- 
ties Department at a cost of $35,000. Projects 



pending in the Fens will add an anticipated 
$400,000 in improvements to rehabilitate the 
ball field, stabilize Clemente Field House, and 
improve Victory Gardens fencing, pathways, 
and drainage. 

In 1990, thanks to a grant from the Browne 
Fund of $25,000, new planting and paving 
were installed around the Sarmiento statue. 
The community, Parks Department, Landmarks 
Commission, Art Commission, and Back Bay Ar- 
chitectural Commission have reviewed the de- 
sign of soon to be realized lighting for three 
more statues (the Collins, Sarmiento, and Garri- 
son), general landscape improvements for the 
Hereford-Massachusetts Avenue block, and 
fencing at Clarendon Street with city contribu- 
tions of $125,000. 

A trip to the Public Garden for a once-a-year 
swan boat ride or a once-a-day walk is so 
magical that one must pause to consider the 
needs of aging infrastructure as well as abun- 
dant trees and flower beds. The Boston Com- 
mon and Garden Utility Report was prepared 
in 1990 for that purpose, and based on its rec- 
ommendations Phase One improvements to 
the Garden's irrigation system and to decora- 
tive fountains in the amount of $150,000 was 
completed in 1992. 




Boston Youth 
Clean-Up Corps 




The Boston Youth Clean-up Corps (BYCC) 
was created in 1986 to meet the overwhelm- 
ing need to employ the youth of Boston. Each 
summer, youths ases 14 to 17, take to the 
streets, parks, vacant lots, housins develop- 
ments and community centers of the city. 
Wearing their signature Red Shirts, these work 
crews give Boston its annual facelift, removing 
debris, whacking weeds, painting benches, 
and helping non-profit groups provide family 
services to the community. 

The Boston Youth Clean-up Corps is a vi- 
brant summer program that not only cleans up 
Boston, but also provides an outlet for thou- 
sands of inner city teenagers to earn money, 
take pride in their neighborhood, and experi- 
ence a sense of accomplishment that comes 
from dedication and hard work. By funding 
jobs in community based organizations, the 
BYCC has helped deal with the impact of cut- 
backs, while enriching the lives of thousands 
of teenagers who gained experience working 
in professional settings within the human serv- 
ices field. 

The success of the program is not only mea- 
sured in the tons of debris removed each sum- 
mer, but also by the enthusiasm with which 



teenagers return to the program each year, 
and by the praise they receive from hundreds 
of residents, businesses, and agencies who 
have been affected by the program. 

The Corps, during 1990-1992, has solidified 
itself as an integral part of city service delivery. 
The BYCC accomplishments have been many, 
some more tangible than others, but all have 
been important to the betterment of the city 
and its residents. In 1991 the BYCC won a first 
place award from the Massachusetts Recrea- 
tion and Parks Association for Maintenance In- 
novation and in 1992 was recognized by the 
Boston City Council as one of the most effec- 
tive efforts the Flynn Administration has ever 
undertaken. 



The BYCC employs thousands of inner city youths each 
summer to clean various sites throughout Boston. Special 
crews include trash, mural, paint, chipper, composting, 
and photo, while many are employed at community 
based organizations. 



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Specialized crews tackled larse-scale proj- 
ects and the beautification of major arteries in 
the City of Boston like Melnea Cass Boulevard 
and Blue Hill Avenue in Roxbury, Day Boule- 
vard in South Boston, Codman Square, clean- 
ins of beachfront property in collaboration 
with the MDC, and 40 urban wilds and com- 
munity gardens. 

One measure of the BYCC's impact is the 
"Trash Attack Hot Line," which was created in 
1991, through the Mayor's Office of Neighbor- 
hood Services, to respond to constituent re- 
quests for cleanups. In its initial year, the BYCC 
received over 400 phone calls from Boston res- 
idents; in 1992, the BYCC responded to over 
900 calls. 

Mayor's Coordinated 
Summer Employment Program 

The Boston Youth Cleanup Corps is an ele- 
ment of the Mayor's Coordinated Summer Em- 
ployment Program, which is a collaboration of 
city agencies, private businesses, state and 
federal governments. 



A committee comprised of members from 
the Parks Department, Private Industry Council, 
Action for Boston Community Development, 
Boston Community Centers, Boston Housing 
Authority, EDIC, state and federal delegates 
and headed by Parks Commissioner Dwyer 
oversees the jobs for youth program. 

Since the coordinated effort began in 1988, 
beginning with the City of Boston, Private In- 
dustry Council, ABCD and federal government, 
over 71,514 young people have been em- 
ployed. 



Parks Commissioner Lawrence Dwyer, BYCC Executive Di- 
rector Brian Connolly, and Parks Chief of Staff Marcus De- 
Florimonte lead Senator Edward and Vicki Kennedy, and 
legislative aide Ellen Guiney through a tour of the BYCC 
cleaning crews and sites in 1992. 



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Appendices 




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PARK COMMISSION 



Lawrence A. Dwyer 
William P. Doherty 
Herbert P. Gleason 
Charles Titus 
William Walczak 
Archie Williams 
Victoria L. Williams 



Commissioner 
Associate Commissioner 
Associate Commissioner 
Associate Commissioner 
Associate Commissioner 
Associate Commissioner 
Associate Commissioner 



SENIOR STAFF 



Raymond l_. Flynn 
Lawrence A. Dwyer 
Patricks. Harrinston 



Mayor 

Commissioner 
Deputy Commissioner 



Brian Connolly 
Maura Connolly 
Michael Connor 
Dorothy Curran 
Marcus DeFlorimonte 
Francis Grigalunas 
Francis Havlin 
Stanley J. Ivan 
Dianne Kerrissey 
Donald Kins 
Justine Mee Lift 
William Linehan 
Cornelius O'Connell 
Michael P. Qumlin 
John Ruck 
Marie Spagnolo 
Eugene Survillo 
William Taylor 
Margaret Wall 
Victoria L. Williams 



Executive Director/BYCC 

Deputy Director of Programming 

General Superintendent of Horticulture 

Executive Assistant 

Chief of Staff 

Director of Programming 

General Superintendent of Cemeteries 

Chief Engineer 

Deputy Director of Programming 

Director of Park Maintenance Division 

Director of Planning & Development 

Director of Regional Administration 

Boston Common Administrator 

Assistant Commissioner 

Executive Secretary of Finance 

Personnel Director 

Chief Park Ranger 

General Superintendent of Maintenance 

Executive Secretary of Administration 

Assistant Commissioner/Olmsted 

Administration 



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CAPITAL PROJECTS 
COMPLETIONS/GROUNDBREAKINGS 



1990 



June: 


Abraham Lincoln Square 


South Boston 




Jamaica Pond Pathways 


Jamaica Plain 




King's Chapel Cemetery 


Boston 




Marcella Park 


Roxbury 




Oak Square 


Brighton 




Paul Revere Mall 


North End 


July: 


Adams Park 


Roslindale 




Arnold Arboretum Wall 


Jamaica Plain 




Boston Common Tot Lot 


Boston 




Brewer Fountain 


Boston 




Central Burying Ground 


Boston 


October: 


Columbus Park Tot Lot 


South Boston 


December: 


Bennington Street Cemetery 


East Boston 




Copp's Hill Cemetery Wall 


North End 




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CAPITAL PROJECTS (Continued) 
COMPLETIONS/GROUNDBREAKINGS 



CAPITAL PROJECTS (Continued) 
COMPLETIONS/GROUNDBREAKINGS 





1991 






1992 




March: 


Franklin Park street lights 


Dorchester 


March: 


American Legion Park 


East Boston 


April: 


Walker Playground 
(groundbreaking) 


Mattapan 


April: 


Titus-Sparrow Park 


South End 








May: 


Hooker Playground 


Allston 


June: 


Boston Common Pathways 


Boston 




John Harvard Mall 


Charlestown 




Condon/Orton Playground 


South Boston 




Walnut Park 


Roxbury 




Fairview Cemetery 


Hyde Park 










Harvard Mall 




June: 


Ceylon Park 


Dorchester 




(groundbreaking) 


Charlestown 




Fallon Field 


Roslindale 




Hayes Square 


Charlestown 




Franklin Park Tennis Courts 


Dorchester 




Franklin Park 


Dorchester 










O'Day Playground 


South End 


July: 


Beethoven 






McLaughlin Playground 


Mission Hill 




(groundbreaking) 


West Roxbury 




Msgr. Reynolds Playground 


South End 




Rogers Park 


Brighton 




Portsmouth Street Playground 


Brighton 














August: 


Martin Playground 


Dorchester 


Ausust: 


Ceylon Park 






Mt. Pleasant Playground 


Roxbury 




(groundbreaking) 


Roxbury 




Walker Playground 


Mattapan 




Dorchester Park 


Dorchester 










Dorchester North 




September: 


Hayes Square 


South End 




Burying Ground 


Dorchester 




Public Garden 


Beacon Hill 




Fallon Field 






(irrigation and fountains) 






(groundbreaking) 


Roslindale 




Union Park 


South End 




Garvey Park 


Dorchester 










Granary Burying Ground 




October: 


Buckley Playground 






pathways 


Boston 




(groundbreaking) 


South Boston 




Jeep Jones Park 


Roxbury 




Cook Street Playground 






Orchard Park 


Roxbury 




(groundbreaking) 


Charlestown 




Mozart Park 






Cedar Square 


Roxbury 




(groundbreaking) 


Jamaica Plain 




Hunt Playground 


Mattapan 




Mt. Pleasant Park 






Porzio Park 


East Boston 




(groundbreaking) 


Roxbury 




Prescott Park 


East Boston 




Murphy Playground 


Jamaica Plain 




Quincy Stanley 






Peters Park 






(groundbreaking) 


Dorchester 




(groundbreaking) 


South End 




Sumner-Lamson 






Ronan Park 


Dorchester 




(groundbreaking) 
Victory Garden 


East Boston 
Back Bay Fens 


September: 


Carmody Court 


South Boston 










Martin Street Playground 




November: 


Commonwealth Avenue Mall 


Back Bay 




(groundbreaking) 


Dorchester 




Flaherty Park 






Ripley Playground 






(groundbreaking) 


Jamaica Plain 




(groundbreaking) 


Dorchester 




McGann Playground 


Hyde Park 




Trotter Playground 


Roxbury 




Peters Park 


South End 




Winthrop Playground 












(groundbreaking) 


Dorchester 


December: 


Fairview Cemetery 

Harambee Field 


Hyde Park 


October: 


Galvin Park 






(groundbreaking) 


Dorchester 




(groundbreaking) 


Brighton 




LoPresti Park 


East Boston 




Titus Sparrow Park 


South End 




Ripley Playground 


Dorchester 




Wainwright Park 


Dorchester 




Winthrop Playground 


Roxbury 


November: 


Hooker-Sorrento Park 
Prescott Square 
(groundbreaking) 
Porzio Park 
(groundbreaking) 
Walnut Street Park 


East Boston 

East Boston 

East Boston 
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1990-1992 PROGRAM SPONSORS 



Adidas 

Aer Lingus 

Avery-Gold Productions 

Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream 

Boston Athletic Association 

Boston Bruins 

Boston-Cambridge Trolley Tours 

Boston Celtics 

Boston Coordinating Committee (Vault) 

The Boston Five 

Boston Globe 

Boston Herald 

Boston Phoenix 

Boston Red Sox 

Bostonian Hotel 

Cablevision of Boston 

Coca-Cola 

Copley Plaza Hotel 

Eau de Vie 

Eliot Lounge 

Faneuil Hall Marketplace 

Four Seasons Hotel 

Gatorade 

Hampshire House/"Cheers" Pub 

Haymarket Bank 

International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) 

Irish Brigade Association 

Irish Tourist Board 

M&MMars/Snickers 

Massachusetts Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) 

MBTA 

Mass port 

NTV (Japanese Television) 



New Boston Garden Corporation 

New England Athletics Congress (NEAC) 

New England Lawn and Tennis Association (NELTA) 

New England Patriots 

Olivetti 

Park Plaza Hotel 

Pepsi 

Priviet Vodka 

Prudential Property Company 

Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) 

Reebok International 

Samuel Adams Brewery 

Seiko 

73 Tremont Street 

Sharp's 

Sportsmith 

Stolichnaya Vodka 

The Athletics Congress (TAC) 

Tyrone Irish Crystal 

Union Oyster House 

Walt Disney's World on Ice 

WBOS 92.9 FM 

WBZ-AM 1030 

WBZ-TV Channel 4 

WEEI-AM 590 

WFXT-TV Channel 25 

WHDH-AM 850 

WHDH-TV Channel 7 

WILD-AM 1090 

WLVI-TV Channel 56 

WMJX-FM 106.7 

WPLM-FM 99.1 

WXKS-FM 107.9 



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AWARDS 



1990 

All America Rose Selection: 

* Certificate of Achievement for the James P. 
Kelliher Rose Garden 

Code Enforcement Department: 

* Boston's Best Kept Neighborhood Award for 
Maintenance Division 

Massachusetts Horticultural Society: 

* Silver Medal for flower show display at the 
Boston Flower Show 

Massachusetts Recreation and Parks 
Association: 

* First Place, Annual State Award for Excel- 
lence in the category of Maintenance Innova- 
tion 

1991 

American Express: 

* Management Excellence Award for Parks De- 
partment Grounds Maintenance Management 
Team 

Boston Management Consortium /IDS American 
Express Co.: 

* Program Excellence Award for Maintenance 
Division 

Boston Society of Landscape Architects: 

* Merit Award for Landscape Planning for the 
Boston Common Management Plan 

Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau.- 

* Spirit of Partnership Award to Parks Commis- 
sioner Lawrence Dwyer 

Massachusetts Horticultural Society: 
Silver Medal for flower show display at 
Boston Flower Show 



1991 (cont.) 

Massachusetts Recreation and Parks 

Association: 

* First Place, Annual State Award in category 
of Maintenance Innovation for the Boston 
Youth Clean Up Corps 

* Honorable Mention, Annual State Award in 
category of Design of Facility for the Cross 
Country Running Course at Franklin Park 

National Recreation and Parks Association: 

* Dorothy Mullen National Arts and Humanities 
Award for the Historic Burying Grounds Ini- 
tiative 

1992 

American Freedoms Foundation: 

* George Washington Honor Medal for the His- 
toric Burying Grounds Initiative 

American Society of Landscape Architects: 

* Merit Award for Landscape Planning for the 
Boston Common Management Plan 

Boston Society of Landscape Architects: 

* Urban Design Award for design excellence 
for Mozart Park in Jamaica Plain 

Boston Society of Landscape Architects: 

* Merit Award for Landscape Planning for the 
Franklin Park Master Plan 

Massachusetts Horticultural Society-. 

* Urban Design Award, Citation for Commemo- 
rative Art Works in a Public Place for Oak 
Square in Brighton 



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Boston Parks and Recreation Department 
Average Operating Revenue* 







6 8 

MILLIONS OF DOLLARS 

EXTERNAL OPERATING REVENUE 



12 14 



Does not include corporate grants or sponsorship monies 



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FY 1991 

Boston Parks and Recreation Department 

Average Operating Budget* 



MAINTENANCE 

62.6% 




ADMINISTRATION 
9.2% 

REGIONAL ADMIN. 

6.3% 

PLANNING 
8.6% 

PROGRAMMING 

13.3% 



FY 1993 

Boston Parks and Recreation Department 

Average Operating Budget* 




ADMINISTRATION 
MAINTENANCE 11.7% 

60.0% 

ENVIRONMENT 

3.1% 

REGIONAL ADMIN. 

6.1% 

PLANNING 
7.1% 

PROGRAMMING 
12.0% 

Does not include corporate grants or sponsorship monies 

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B.y.C.C 1987-1992 
Employee Breakdown by Year 



Number of Employees 




1987 1988 1989 1990 

Year 



1991 1992 



B.Y.C.C 1987-1992 
Tonnage Breakdown by year 



Tonnage 



1000 



800 



600 



400 



200 




1987 1988 



1989 1990 

Year 



1991 1992 



boston parks 
and recreation 



Raymond L. Flynn, Mayor 
Lawrence A- Dwyer, Commissioner 

Parks and Recreation Department / 1010 Mass Ave. / Boston, MA 021 18 










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