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[Document 16 — 1955.] 




ANNUAL REPORT 



PARKS AND RECREATION 
DEPARTMENT 



YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 1954. 



Boston, December 31, 1954. 

Hon. John B. Hynes, 

Mayor of Boston. 

Dear Sir: 

In accordance with section 15 of chapter 185, Acts of 
1875, the Parks and Recreation Commission herewith 
submits its annual report for the year 1954. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Frank R. Kelley, 

Chairman, Board of Parks 

and Recreation Commissioners. 

Thomas J. Carty, 
Daniel G. O'Connor, 
O. Philip Snowden, 
Theodore C. Haffenreffer, 
Associate Commissioners. 



City Document No. 16. 



Expenditures for Maintenance, January i to December 31, 1954. 



Parks, Gardens — Squares. 
Aquarium . 
Aquarium, grounds 
Arborway . 
Arnold Arboretum 
Back Bay District 
Back Bay, yard 
Belmont Square 
Blackstone Square 
Boston Common, Bandstand 
Boston Common, Convenience Stations 
Boston Common, Deer Park, Tool House 
Boston Common Festival 
Boston Common, Frog Pond 
Boston Common, grounds 
Boston Common, Information Booth 
Boston Common, Log Cabin 
Boston Common, Playland 
Brighton District 
Castle Island 
Central Square . 
Charlestown District 
Chestnut Hill Park . 
Christmas trees and decorations 
City Square 
Columbus Park . 
Columbus Park Stadium 
Commonwealth Avenue, main 
Concord Square 
Copley Square . 
Daisy Field 
Dorchester Heights 
Dorchester Park 
Douglas Court Play Area 
East Boston District 
East Boston Stadium 
Eaton Square 
Edison Green 
Egleston Firehouse 
Fens . 

Fens Rose Garden 
Fens Stadium 
Frankhn Park, Administration Buildings, shops 

etc 

Franklin Park, blacksmith shop 
Franklin Park, carpenter shop 
Franklin Park, garage 



$33,894 22 

2,042 50 

6,300 59 

3,222 30 

22,092 24 

44,918 12 

116 00 

3,648 80 

2,085 53 

15,378 28 

2,536 96 

4,395 12 

37,587 61 

3,411 00 

283 57 

898 78 

23,274 72 

5,619 00 

2,959 08 

9,501 92 

294 00 

5,953 59 

1,709 47 

24,248 04 

4,988 77 

14,828 

125 

348 

98 

2,912 10 

8,240 18 

342 25 

7,598 58 

16,040 82 

394 25 

167 00 

3 96 

23,035 29 

11,484 29 

14,113 62 

21 10 

5,195 99 

24,290 96 

63,662 36 



84 
00 
79 
00 



Parks and Recreation Department. 



Franklin Park, golf course 

Franklin Park, greenhouse 

Franklin Park, grounds . 

Franklin Park, harness shop . 

Franklin Park, lawn mower shop 

Franklin Park, paint shop 

Franklin Park, plumber shop . 

Franklin Park, Refectory Building 

Franklin Park, repair shops 

Franklin Park, Rose Garden . 

Franklin Park, storehouse 

Franklin Park, yard . 

Franklin Square 

George Wright Golf Course 

George White Stadium 

Hayes Square .... 

Herbert J. Wolf Square . 

Highland Park .... 

Hill and Cook Street Play Area 

Horatio Harris Park 

Irving W. Adams Park 

Jamaica Pond Boat Landing . 

Jamaicaway 

John Harvard Mall 

Kelley's Circle . 

Lincoln Square . 

Madison Park . 

Mary Cummings Estate . 

Massachusetts Avenue 

McLean Park 

Michael J. Brophy Park . 

Murray Park 

Myrtle Street . 

Myrtle Street Boat Landing 

North End District . 

Olmstead Park . 

Orchard Park 

Park Drive, Administration Building 

Parks, General . 

Paul Revere Mall 

Plympton Street Pool 

Preble Street Traffic Circle 

Prescott Square 

Public Garden . 

Putnam Square . 

Recreation Division . 

Riverway .... 

Ross Estate 

South Boston District 

Strandway .... 

Thomas Park 



$24,843 28 


75,122 43 


24,161 


31 


648 


36 


14,429 


15 


16,386 


60 


5,087 


90 


5,387 22 


69,954 


79 


12,747 


73 


39,773 


02 


42,581 


36 


2,011 


90 


65,450 87 


353 


45 


97 


37 


1,008 


36 


291 


75 


94 30 


1,041 


00 


2,900 52 


489 


18 


15,225 05 


572 60 


63 


00 


66 


95 


2,998 80 


232 83 


60 66 


1,056 


50 


1,145 


75 


230 30 


730 33 


15 


34 


10,315 


67 


43 


95 


847 


80 


2,592 31 


36,424 79 


2 


60 


580 70 


280 89 


203 


00 


54,706 


57 


203 


00 


304,732 63 


2,917 


80 


2,265 


65 


8,647 


52 


159 


41 


793 


88 



City Document No. 16. 



Walnut Park 
Washington Park 
Webster Square 
West End District 
Winthrop Square 
Zoological Garden, 
Zoological Garden, 
Zoological Garden, 
Zoological Garden, 
Zoological Garden, 
Zoological Garden, 
Zoological Garden, 
Zoological Garden, 
Zoological Garden, 



animal range 
antelope house 
bear dens . 
bird house 
camel house 
elephant house 
elk range . 
general 
lion house 



SI, 040 94 

1,575 00 

75 

5,771 41 

2.022 85 
10,489 75 

9.023 51 
8,188 93 

42,377 31 
11 02 
18,642 92 
19,685 05 
66,879 42 
8,766 17 



Total . .$1,501,716 75 



Playgrounds. 



Almont Street Playground 

American Legion Playground . 

Billings Field Playground 

Brookside Avenue Playground 

Cassidy Playground .... 

Ceylon Street Playground 

Cherry Street Playground 

Christopher J. Gibson Playground 

Christopher J. Lee Playground 

Fallon Field Playground . 

Foster Street Playground 

Francis Parkman Playground 

Franklin Field Playground 

Frederick D. Emmons Playground 

General Playground .... 

George H. Walker Playground 

Green and Lamartine Streets Playground 

James L. Cronin Playground . 

James F. Healy Playground . 

James and Margaret Tobin Playground 

Jefferson Playground 

John J. Connolly Playground 

John A. Doherty Playground . 

John J. Doherty Playground . 

John F. Holland Playground . 

John W. Murphy Playground 

John H. L. Noyes Playground 

John J. Ryan Playground 

John Winthrop Playground 

Kiley Street Playground . 

King Street Playground . 

L. Gertrude Howes Playground 



$10,763 30 
5,668 83 
9,832 07 
3,261 30 
6,065 03 
3,424 35 

714 00 

12,569 34 

5,500 74 

9,826 69 

193 60 

3,498 87 

32,282 10 

3,742 70 

50,752 88 

6,954 

978 
4,439 
7,567 
1,937 39 
8,531 66 
7,457 36 

312 72 
6,360 55 
4,068 24 
7,258 80 
8,040 46 

155 36 
3,007 15 
1,583 23 

479 11 
3,522 29 



00 
15 
22 

86 



Parks and Recreation Department. 



Lester J. Rotch Playground . 

London Street Playground 

Mary Draper Playground 

Mary Hannon Playground 

Mary E. Hemenway Playground 

McConnell Park Playground . 

McKinney Playground 

McLaughlin Playground . * 

Mission Hill Playground . 

Paris Street Playground . 

Parker Hill Playground . 

Portsmouth Street Playground 

Readville Playground 

Rev. Father Buckley Playground 

Rogers Park Playground . 

Ronan Park Playground . 

Smith's Pond Playground 

Stanley A. Ringer Playground 

Thomas J. Roberts Playground 

Troy Street Playground . 

Tyler Street Playground . 

Wallingford Road Playground 

Wesley G. Ross Playground , 

West Canton and Carlton Streets Playground 

William Amerena Playground 

William J. Barry Playground . 

William E. Carter Playground 

William Eustis Playground 

William E. Garvey Playground 

William F. Smith Playground 

William Gary Walsh Playground 



17 
33 
28 
36 
60 
32 
90 



$7,385 70 
2,999 00 
6,409 06 
1,560 90 
9,386 02 
6,188 52 
7,310 92 

292 00 
10,295 
2,258 
3,710 
7,399 
2,677 

639 
7,940 
9,556 54 
9,394 56 
6,144 28 
7,152 44 
1,185 33 

714 00 

294 60 
6,209 12 
92 37 
3,047 40 
9,982 92 
7,019 99 
11,394 52 
7,368 29 
8,664 38 
7,159 96 



Total $402,583 13 

Gymnasia. 

Brighton Gymnasium $8,653 50 

Cabot Street Gymnasium 50,336 43 

Charlestown Building Gymnasium . . . 1,596 00 

Columbia Road Gymnasium 14,703 46 

Curtis Hall Gymnasium 27,781 94 

Hyde Park Gymnasium 14,515 50 

John J. Doherty Pool 739 50 

John J. WiUiams Gymnasium .... 24,455 50 

Lexington Street Gymnasium . , , . 9,691 30 

Maurice J. Tobin Memorial Building . . . 18,225 45 

North Bennet Street Gymnashim . . . . 45,615 68 

Paris Street Gymnasium 58,406 05 

Roslindale Gymnasium 11,223 60 

Tyler Street Gymnasium 11,613 95 

Vine Street Gymnasium 24,950 70 

Total $322,508 56 



6 



City Document No. 16. 



Baths and Beaches. 

Baths, General 

Broadway Municipal Building 

Charlestown Pool 

Dover Street Bath House and Laundry 
L Street Bath House and Beach 
North End Park Beach, Bath and Pool 
Repair Room, Sewing Room, and Stock Room 



Sl,730 70 

31,547 37 

46,946 76 

159,849 08 

134,952 67 

43,964 64 

31,415 75 



Total $450,406 97 



General Expenses. 
Central Office — Administration . 

Fuel 

Street Trees 

Automobiles, Tractors, Wagons, etc. 
Miscellaneous 



Total 



$155,569 59 

38,066 99 

71,358 73 

80,282 67 

5,847 25 

$351,125 23 



Recapitulation. 



Parks and Gardens 
Playgrounds 
Gymnasia . 
Baths and Beaches 
General Expenses 



■,501,716 75 
402,583 13 
322,508 56 
450,406 97 
351,125 23 



Total $3,028,340 64 



CASH RECEIPTS. 
For Twelve Months Ending December 31, 1954. 



Park Division 
Franklin Park Golf Course 
George Wright Golf Course 
Permits for signs, openings, etc. 
Refunds on labor and equipment 
Commission on public telephones in Park 

Department Buildings .... 
Settlement of claims for damages 
Towels, soap in playground houses . 
Unclaimed deposits on locker keys and towels 

at Franklin Park Golf Course 
Rentals from property and concessions 
Boston Common Tree Fund, income 
Mary P. C. Cummings Trust Fund, income 
Randidge Trust Fund, income . 
Babcock Music Fund, income . 
Foss Flag Fund, income .... 
Foss 17th of June Fund, income 



520,430 00 

35,139 00 

127 50 

814 19 

441 81 

484 50 

1,639 71 

38 00 

10,318 50 

125 80 

6,090 56 

1,768 77 

97 21 

85 00 

85 00 



Bath Division. 
Towels, soap, etc., income $25,580 68 



$77,685 55 

25,580 68 

$103,266 23 



Parks and Recreation Department. 



Above receipts were credited as follows: 
General Revenue .... 
Trust Funds, income 



,013 89 
,252 34 



$103,266 23 



Expenditures of Loans, Revenue, Special Appropriations and Trust 
Funds, January I, 1954, to December 31, 1954. 



and 



Recreation. 

Baker, Gardner Streets, West Roxbury 

Common and Parks in Existence on Januarj^ 12, 1887, 

Maintenance and Improvements of . . . 
Eradication of Dutch Elm Disease .... 
Gallivan Boulevard, Washington Street, Dorchester, 

Gary Walsh Playground, Restoration of 
Establishment of Parks and Playgrounds 
Marj^ P. C. Cummings Trust Fund, income . 
Park and Playground Improvements, etc., revenue 

Randidge Trust Fund, income 

Reconstruction and Repair of Parkways and Roadways 
Rehabilitation of the Franklin Park Zoo . 
Trees Afflicted with Dutch Elm Disease, Removal of 
Hurricane Emergency 



Total 



$100 00 

175,441 74 
44,920 80 



43,736 20 

4,933 40 

71,095 30 

5,589 09 

103,975 80 

34,129 60 

26,506 73 

175,847 62 



,276 28 



Franklin Park Golf Course. 

1954. 

Opening Date, April 3. Closing Date, December 6. 



Registered Attendance, 34,005 
Annual Permits, 5 at $30 
Annual Permits, 632 at $15 . 
Daily Permits, 244 at $1.50 . 
Daily Permits, 9,631 at $1.00 
Twilight Permits, 1,606 at $0.50 



$150 00 
9.480 00 

366 00 
9,631 00 

803 00 



Total $20,430 00 



George Wright Golf Course. 

1954. 

Opening Date, April 3. Closing Date, December 6. 



Registered Attendance, 45,851. 
Annual Permits, 58 at $40 
Annual Permits, 459 at $30 . 
Daily Peimits, 4,885 at $2.00 
Daily Permits, 7,892 at $1.00 
Daily Permits, 50 at $0.50 
Lockers, 454 at $3.00 



$2,320 00 

13,770 00 

9,770 00 

7,892 00 

25 00 

1,362 00 



Total 



$5,139 00 



City Document No. 16. 



Attendance Records — 1954. 

Playgrounds, Shower Baths, Beaches and 
Swimming Pools, Gymnasiums. 

Playgrounds, Summer Attendance . . . 6,950,000 

Playgrounds, Winter Attendance (Skating) . 353,000 

Shower Baths 2,100,000 

Beaches and Swimming Pools .... 1,050,000 

Gymnasium, Class and Individual Attendance . 243,465 



Total 



10,696,465 



PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT 
STATISTICS TO DECEMBER 31, 1954. 



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PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT — 
CEMETERY DIVISION. 



The following annual report is presented for the 
Cemetery Division from January 1, 1954, to December 
31, 1954. 

Department Cemeteries. 
The burying grounds, cemeteries and tombs which 
are owned by and in charge of the City of Boston are as 
follows, with a total area of about 7,040,708 square feet: 

Square Estab- 
Feet. lished. 

Bennington Street, East Boston .... 157,500 1838 

Bunker Hill, Charlestown 48,202 1807 

Phipps Street, Charlestown 76,740 1630 

Copp's Hill, Hull street. City .... 89,015 1659 

Kings Chapel, Tremont street. City . . . 19,344 1630 

Granary, Tremont street. City .... 82,063 1660 

Central, Common, City 60,693 1756 

South End South, Washington street. City . 64,670 1810 

Hawes, Emerson street, South Boston . . 11,232 1816 

Union, East Fifth street. South Boston . . 5,470 1841 

North, Uphams Corner, Dorchester . . . 142,587 1633 

Eliot, Eustis street, Roxbury .... 34,830 1630 

South, Dorchester avenue, Dorchester . . 95,462 1814 

Westerly, Centre street. West Roxbury . . 39,450 1683 

Walter Street, West Roxhury .... 35,100 1711 

Evergreen, Commonwealth avenue, Brighton . 604,520 1848 

Market Street, Brighton 18,072 1764 

Mount Hope, Walk Hill street, 125 acres and 14,330 

square feet 1851 

Fairview, Fairview avenue, Hyde Park, about 50 acres, 1892 

City Tombs. 
Twenty-jfive in the South Ground; six in Phipps Street 
Ground, Charlestown; one tomb for infants in South Ground; 
one tomb for infants and one for adults in Copp's Hill Ground; 
one for adults and one for infants in the Granary Ground; 
one for infants in Kings Chapel Ground; one for infants in the 
Central Ground; two receiving tombs in East Boston; one re- 
ceiving tomb in Dorchester North; one receiving tomb in 
Dorchester South; one receiving tomb in Evergreen Cemetery, 
Brighton; one receiving tomb in Mount Hope Cemetery, and 
one receiving tomb in Fairview Cemetery, Hyde Park. 



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Cemetery Division Receipts, January 1 to December 31, 1954. 



Cemeteries. 



General 
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Perpetual 

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Interest on 

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Mount Hope 

Fairview 

Evergreen 

Dorchester North. 
Dorchester South. 

Westerly 

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Phipps Street .... 

Bunker Hill 

Granary 

Copp's Hill 

Kings Chapel .... 



592,971 38 

19,052 20 

16,661 70 

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118 65 



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5,288 33 

6,882 56 

401 70 

136 92 

176 16 

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$128,903 93 



$40,520 00 



2,457 18 



Total, General Fund, December 31, 1953. 

Interest, General Fund, 1954 

Revenue (General Receipts), 1954. 
Discounts on Securities Purchased. 

Payments from Fund during 1954: 
Premiums and Accrued Interest. . . 
Refunds 



,862,732 46 

112,908 13 

128,903 93 

803 72 



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1,105,420 24 



863 90 



Total, General Fund, December 31, 1954 $4,104,556 34 

Total, Perpetual Care Funds, December 31, 1954 1,096,978 05 



Total Cemetery Funds. 



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Cemetery Division Expenditures for Maintenance, 
December 31, 1954. 

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Administrative Services Department 

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