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[Document 16 — 1958.] 




ANNUAL REPORT 

OF THE 

PARKS AND RECREATION 
DEPARTMENT 

FOR THE 

YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 1957. 



Boston, December 31, 1957. 

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 1957. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Frank R. Kelley, 

Chairman, Board of Parks 
and Recreation Commissioners. 

Harry J. Blake, 
Thomas J. Carty, 
Daniel G. O'Connor, 
O. Philip Snowden, 
Associate Commissioners. 



2 City Document No. 16, 

INTRODUCTION 

The Department of Parks and Recreation had its 
beginning with the appointment of the first Board of- 
Park Commissioners on July 8, 1875, under the title 
"Park Department." The Board consisted of three 
members who served without compensation. As thus 
constituted, the Department continued up to 1913, when 
by provision of Chapter 10, Ordinances of 1912, it was 
merged with the Pubhc Grounds, Bath and Music 
Departments, under the name of Park and Recreation 
Department. The Commissioners were appointed by 
the Mayor for a term of three years, one term expiring 
each year. The Chairman was a paid city official, in 
charge of the operation of the department. The other 
two members served without compensation. 

In 1920 the Cemetery Department was merged with 
the Park and Recreation Department, and the title was 
changed to Park Department. On May 1, 1954, the 
department became the Parks and Recreation Depart- 
ment under the provisions of Chapter 2, Ordinances of 
1954. The Board of Parks and Recreation Commis- 
sioners was increased to five members. 

Under the latest ordinance, the Commissioner of 
Parks and Recreation becomes the active head of the 
department with power of authority far beyond that 
which existed when the Board consisted of three mem- 
bers (Sec. 36-42 inch, Chapter 2, OrcUnances of 1954). 
The Commissioners meet as required on call from the 
Chairman. 

The department is responsible for the maintenance 
and improvement of approximately 3,000 acres of parks 
and playgrounds. Included in this area are the following 
facilities: a general office building; 127 playgrounds 
and play areas, 47 of which have field houses; 20 parks, 
large and small; 2 service yards containing offices, 
mechanics' shops, storehouse and garage; a recreation 
office building; 13 indoor recreation centers; 16 public 
bath houses; 2 public golf courses (18 holes); 3 pubhc 
bathing beaches with bath houses in which are 2 so- 
laria; 4 swimming pools (2 indoor and 2 outdoor): 85 
public squares; 1 laundry; 14 greenhouses; 19 ceme- 
teries (3 active, 16 inactive or historic) ; 108 miles of 
parkways, driveways, walks and paths; 131 acres of 
ponds and rivers; and the care and maintenance of all 
trees on city streets, parks and playgrounds. 



Parks and Recreation Department. 3 

The department organizes, promotes and conducts a 
city-wide recreation program for all age groups with 
special emphasis on youth programs. 

MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN 1957 

This report summarizes briefly the efforts of the 
Parks and Recreation Commission and the staff of the 
department to maintain a high standard in essential 
services and to expand the facilities of our Park System 
to meet the needs of the department within our appro- 
priation allowances. 

In this report there is no particular attention given 
to the extensive maintenance responsibilities of the 
Parks and Recreation Department. Reference to the 
introductory section of this report will indicate the large 
number of areas, buildings, etc., that require most of 
the time of our staff. It should be apparent that 
much of our appropriation is expended for the mainte- 
nance and improvement of parks, gardens, park and 
recreation buildings, mechanics' shops, golf courses, 
cemeteries, etc. Proper maintenance is the key to 
efficient service. We are confining this report to major 
work accomplished in 1957, all of which is substantially 
outside the area of general maintenance. 



PARK AND PLAYGROUND IMPROVEMENTS 

Construction of Playground at Veterans of Foreign 
Wars Parkway, Russett Road, Bruce and Weld Streets, 
West Roxhury: Construction of this new playground, 
including grading, drainage, water suppl}^, backstops, 
etc., was started during the year and approximately 
90 per cent of the work under the first contract, amount- 
ing to $90,000, has been completed. We hope to con- 
tinue another phase of the construction work on this 
plaj^ground in 1958. 

Angell Memorial Plaza, Post Office Square: A new 
park in the center of the down-town financial district, 
including concrete walks, new • type benches, grading, 
loaming and planting of trees, was constructed in 1957 
and early 1958 at an approximate cost of $10,000 ap- 
propriated by this department, and a like amount 
appropriated by the Massachusetts Society for the Pre- 
vention of Cruelty to Animals. Small-leaf European 



4 City Document No. 16. 

linden trees have been planted in this newly constructed 
park and during the spring, summer and fall months, 
this park should be quite an attraction. 

Public Garden: This beautiful area received a face 
lifting with the installation of ornamental park benches 
and the erection of an ornamental post and chain barrier 
fence on the main walk. This work was done under 
two contracts involving an expenditure of approximately 
$13,000. 

La Fayette Mall, Boston Coinmon: A contract in the 
amount of $138,000 was awarded for the reconstruction 
and beautification of Lafayette Mall on Boston Com- 
mon. This will be the first step in the beautification 
of this area which, when completed, will include special 
flower beds, fountain, monuments, court of flags, etc. 
Construction work will start early in 1958. 

East Boston Stadium and Recreation Area: Consider- 
able repair work, including painting of the exterior of the 
stadium, was completed at a cost of approximately 
$9,000. 

John J. Connolly Playground, Marcella Street, Roxhury: 
One of the better known and older playgrounds in the 
city w^as completel}^ redesigned and reconstructed, 
including loaming, regrading, erection of new backstop, 
bleacher repairs, setting aside of a new children's area 
with complete plavground equipment, all at a cost of 
approximately $42,^000. 



WALKS AND ROADWAYS 

Reco7istruction of Commonwealth Avenue Mall: A con- 
tract in the amount of $44,000 was awarded and con- 
struction work started on the reconstruction and 
resurfacing of the main v. alk on Commonwealth Avenue 
Mall from Arlington Street to Massachusetts Avenue, 
as well as the resurfacing of the cross-sidewalk areas. 
The work is to include the paving of the existing gravel 
walk with a permanent asphalt surface, the erection of 
benches, and the replacing of the existing brick cross 
walks with new concrete walks. Much of the work 
under this contract will be done in 1958. 



Parks and Recreation Department. 5 

Franklin Park Yard: The department's service yard 
at Franklin Park was regraded, drainage installed, and 
resurfaced with an asphalt pavement, at a cost of 
approximately $14,000. 

CommoniveaUh Avenue Roadway: The in-bound road- 
way on Commonwealth Avenue between Kenmore 
Square and Charlesgate West was reconstructed and 
repaved, at a cost of approximately $20,000. 

St. Thomas More Drive, Brighton: This section, 
located in Brighton in the vicinity of the architecturally 
beautiful Boston College Law School, was resurfaced 
at a cost of approximate!}' $21,000. 

BUILDINGS 

Cahot Street Bath House, Roxhurij: This building was 
completelv renovated and painted at a cost of approxi- 
mately $25,000. 

North Bennet Street Bath House: Repairs and renova- 
tions were made at this location including painting of 
the interior, at a cost of approximately $15,000. 

L Street Bath House: One of the handball courts at 
this bath house was completelv rebuilt at a cost of 
$7,300. 

TREES 

Approximately 1,000 trees were planted during the 
year on city streets and parkways, at a cost of $30,000. 

Approximately 350 dead or diseased trees were 
removed during the year under contract, at a cost of 
$24,000. The total number removed was approxi- 
mately 800, the balance over and above those removed 
by contract being removed by the tree staff of the 
Parks and Recreation Department. 

PARKS AND BEACHES 

Early in the year, for the first time, there was formed 
a water ballet school in which participants were taught 
synchronized swimming. In cooperation with the 
American Red Cross, this department staged swimming 
championships open to all under 17 years of age, at 
Curtis Hall Pool. There were 759 participants. 



6 City Document No. 16. 

Another responsibility assumed during this year was 
the instruction of 125 girl scouts in the art of swimming, 
and following this, we initiated for the first time a 
"Learn to Swim Program" in the indoor pools operated 
by the bath division. The month of May was desig- 
nated as "Learn to Swim Month." Our swimming 
program was conducted indoors, with special classes 
for retarded children. In the summer months a special 
lifeguard training course was organized, designed to 
raise to the highest level of efficiency the lifeguard 
group serving at our beaches and pools. During the 
summer months beginners and intermediates were 
instructed in junior lifesaving and competitive swim 
events at L Street in South Boston, and at the George 
Robert White pools in Charlestown and the North End. 
Later in the summer, outdoor swimming championships 
with demonstrations in synchronized swimming were 
held at the above locations. 

One of the outstanding events of the year was "Play- 
ground U.S.A. Day", held on Boston Common and 
other areas. The Bath Division participated by staging 
a half-hour swimming program for TV viewers, televised 
over station WBZ-TV, with an additional 15 minutes 
on a national hookup on Dave Garroway's program. 
The highlights of this day were the beginners' classes in 
action, intermediate demonstrations, and skill in swim- 
ming by the best of Boston swimmers, lifesaving demon- 
strations, and water ballet. Also held in the summer, 
under direction of the Bath Division, were CYO cham- 
pionships for girls and bo3^s, and the first annual Aqua 
Classic for men and women. 

Our indoor pools were in use daily b}^ school groups 
and special classes throughout the entire season. 

RECREATION 

Our recreation program and what this department 
accomplishes for all groups, from the youngest to the 
Golden Age, is well known in the community. Our 
program has been copied by many other cities in the 
United States. 

As in former years we have conducted our city-wide 
basketball, baseball, handball and football programs 
in all sections of the city. Thousands of persons com- 
peted in all our events, which are set up in Junior, 
Junior Varsity, Varsity and Senior Varsity, and Senior 



Parks and Recreation Department. 7 

Park leagues, in all these sports. It might be of interest 
to point out that in our Senior Park Football League, 
whose games are witnessed by hundreds of thousands, 
the final play-off game was held in the new Boston Col- 
lege Stadium. This privilege was granted to us through 
the courtesy of His Excellency Archbishop Richard J. 
Gushing and Boston College officials. 

During the summer season, for a ten-week period, 
we staffed 125 play areas with recreation leadership, 
and the young men and women instructors, most of 
whom were college graduates or upper classmen in 
college, directed a workshop covering sports, games, 
athletics, handcrafts, music, etc. Among the more 
popular attractions were the several soft ball leagues, 
which now include women as well as men. 

A special indoor recreation demonstration, which 
included girls from each of the 14 recreation centers 
throughout the city, was held at the Tobin Memorial 
Gymnasium at which the May Queen was selected. 

In addition to the regular annual events like May 
Day, Halloween, and the Golden Age parties, the 
Recreation Division promoted weekly programs be- 
ginning with "Get Acquainted Week" and including 
"Be Kind to Animals Week," "Do It Yourself Week," 
"Be a Good Citizen Week," etc. 

The outstanding recreation event was held on August 9, 
when "Playground U.S.A. Day" was presented on Bos- 
ton Common with participants from all sections of 
Greater Boston and some coming from a distance of 
more than 50 miles. The program included a Junior 
Olympics Novice Track Meet, folk dancing of all racial 
groups, and swimming events, comprising an all-day 
program which was carried on local radio and local and 
national television schedules. 

CEMETERIES 

Roadways were reconstructed and resurfaced with a 
permanent asphalt pavement in Mount Hope, Fairview, 
and Evergreen cemeteries, at a cost of approximately 
$31,000. New areas for burials were developed in the 
three active cemeteries mentioned above, which in- 
cluded the installation of concrete grave Uners, at a 
cost of approximately $14,000. Incidentally, our inter- 
ments in these three cemeteries during 1957 numbered 
1,980. 



[TY Document No. 16. 



Additional work done during the year in our three 
active cemeteries included the painting of the fences 
at Mount Hope and Evergreen cemeteries, the installa- 
tion of 500 feet of water pipe at Mount Hope Cemetery 
and 735 feet of water pipe at Evergreen, and the plant- 
ing of 60 new trees in Mount Hope Cemetery. 

Expenditures for Maintenance, January I to December 31, 1957 

Parks, Gardens, Squares 
Aquarium . 
Aquarium, Grounds 
Arborway . 
Arnold Arboretum 
Back Bay District 
Back Bay, Yard 
Blackstone Square 
Boston Common, Bandstand 
Boston Common, Convenience Stations 
Boston Common, Deer Park, Tool House 
Boston Common, Frog Pond . 
Boston Common, Grounds 
Boston Common, Information Booth 
Boston Common, Log Cabin . 
Boston Common, Playland 
Boston Common, Telephone Booth 
Boylston Street Subway, Telephone Booth 
Boynton Circle . 
Brighton District 
Castle Island 
Central Square . 

Charles and Arlington Streets, Telephone Booth 
Charles and Boylston Streets, Telephone Booth 
Charlestown District 
Chester Park .... 
Christmas Festival . 
Christmas Trees and Decorations 
City Square .... 
Columbus Park .... 
Columbus Park Stadium . 
Commonwealth Avenue Mall . 
Commonwealth and Massachusetts Avenues 
Concord Square 
Dewey Park 
Districts, General 
Dorchester Heights^ 
Dorchester Park 
East Boston District 
East Boston Parks and Squares 
East Boston Stadium 
Eaton Square .... 



$596 72 


4,972 95 


3,188 


50 


2,781 


53 


40,638 


70 


43,236 


57 


5,346 85 


930 


75 


24,082 


56 


3,567 


93 


4,329 


04 


41,564 


64 


1,640 47 


596 


98 


1,402 


56 


42 


23 


209 


69 


445 


50 


21,531 


18 


4,778 


36 


3,246 


95 


387 


00 


145 


78 


11,316 52 


1,474 03 


4,460 01 


4,285 


00 


981 


20 


34,719 


51 


10,538 


76 


535 


05 


21,114 


02 


476 


78 


920 


75 


14,722 


25 


3,338 


31 


9,416 


73 


7,025 


38 


5,581 


45 


22,725 


14 


735 30 



Parks and Recreation Department. 



9 



Edward Everett Square 

Eliot Joslin Park 

Eliot Square 

Fens .... 

Fens, Rose Garden . 

Fens, Stadium . 

Franklin Park, Administration buildin 
yard, etc. .... 

Franklin Park, blacksmith shop 

Franklin Park, boat locker and boating- 
Franklin Park, carpenter shop 

Franklin Park, garage 

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, Schoolmaster Hill 

Franklin Park, storehouse 

Franklin Square 

George Wright Golf Course 

Grampian Way . 

Harrison Park . 

Haverhill Street Play Area 

Horatio Harris Park 

Jamaica Pond . 

Jamaicaway 

James F. Collins Square . 

John Harvard Mall . 

John F. Donovan Park , 

John F. Flynn Square 

Kaplan Square . 

Lincoln Statue . 

Longwood Park 

Madison Park . 

Mary P. C. Cummings Estate 

Meade Street . 

Michael J. Brophy Park 

Morton Street . 

Murray Park 

North End District . 

North End Prado 

Orchard Park 

Park Drive, Administration Building 

Parks and Squares, General . 



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$122 43 

99 50 

31 10 

16,626 97 

17,296 35 

18,694 83 

41,337 03 
3,090 11 
12,296 85 
44,472 64 
103,220 36 
55,942 52 
96,425 79 
29,503 19 

866 91 
31,592 01 
25,737 08 
9,739 02 
10,874 45 
84,676 30 
18,665 90 

485 94 

44,232 22 

3,421 35 

80,938 64 

400 00 
56 

108 

1,712 

1,476 

4,078 

70 

295 
3,079 

303 
57 

130 
1,950 
3,417 

759 

20 

2,126 

272 
6,509 

105 
7,864 
1,492 

168 
29,407 



75 

50 

78 

12 

00 

70 

40 

55 

35 

24 

62 

00 

01 

06 

47 

10 

00 

50 

35 

20 

75 

16 

54 



10 



City Document No. 



Parks and Roadways 

Paul Revere Mall 

Peabody Square 

Post Office Square 

Preble Street Traffic Circle 

Prescott Square 

Public Garden . 

Riverway . 

Roslindale Square 

Ross Estate 

Savin Hill Tennis Courts 

Soldiers' Monument Lot 

South Boston, Dorchester Districts 

South End District, Parks and Squares 

Sumner and Lawson Streets 

Thetford Avenue 

Thomas Park 

Training Field, Charlestown 

Veterans of Foreign Wars Parkway 

WalHngford Road 

Ward's Pond Area 

Washington Park 

Webster Scjuare 

West End Parks, Squares and Playgrounds 

Worcester Square 

Zoological Garden, animal range 

Zoological Garden, antelope house 

Zoological Garden, bear dens . 

Zoological Garden, bird house 

Zoological Garden, camel house 

Zoological Garden, elephant house 

Zoological Garden, elk range . 

Zoological Garden, general 

Zoological Garden, lion house 

Total 



$3,986 20 


39 


95 


498 00 


686 


25 


310 


34 


3,045 


60 


53,415 


13 


3,645 


60 


3,108 


35 


824 85 


57 


04 


26 


68 


10,747 


94 


87 


10 


483 


32 


483 


84 


68 


00 


1,645 


08 


7,734 


25 


483 


84 


581 


93 


1,782 


97 


8 


07 


3,269 


10 


364 


54 


11,658 


70 


11,565 


53 


10,500 48 


57,973 


20 


30 38 


22,042 


42 


6,220 


66 


87,860 44 


14,076 


17 



Jl,499,592 22 



Playgrounds 

Almont Street Playground 
American Legion Playground . 
Arthur F. McLean Playground 
Billings Field Playground 
Brookside Avenue Playground 
Cassidy Playground 
Ceylon Street Playground 
Christopher J. Gibson Playground 
Christopher J. Lee Playground 
Cook Street Playground . 
Fallon Field Pla3''ground . 
Francis Parkman Playground 



12,348 


51 


4,812 83 


2,645 


20 


12,395 


71 


110 


75 


11,372 


77 


8,138 99 


11,652 


72 


7,662 


95 


53 


00 


10,905 


67 


4,126 86 



Parks and Recreation Department. 



11 



Franklin Field Playground 

Frederick D. Emmons Playground 

George H. Walker Playground 

Green and Lamartine Streets Playground 

James L. Cronin Playground . 

James F. Healy Playground . 

James and Margaret Tobin Playground 

Jeffei'son 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. Pi,yan Playground 

John Winthrop Playground 

Joseph E. Lee Playground 

Kiley Street Playground . 

King Street Playground . 

L. Gertrude Howes Playground 

Leo F. McCarthy Playground 

Lester J. Rotch Playground . 

London and Decatur Streets Playgroun 

Mary Draper Playground 

Mary Hannon Playground 

Mary E. Hemenway Playground 

McConnell Park Playground . 

McKinney Playground 

Mission Hill Playground . 

Paris Street Plaj'ground . 

Parker Hill Playground . 

Playgrounds, General 

Portsmouth Street Playground 

Prince Street Playground 

Quincy Street Playground 

Readville Playground 

Reverend Father Buckley Playground 

Rogers Park Playground . 

Ronan Park Playground . 

Smith's Pond Playground 

Stanley A. Ringer Playground 

Thomas J. Roberts Playground 

Wesley G. Ross Playground . 

William J. Barry Playground . 

Wilham E. Carter Playground 

William Eustis Playground 

William E. Garvey Playground 

WiUiam F. Smith Playground 

William Gary Walsh Playground 



30 
94 
13 
33 



97 

94 
74 
68 
00 

30 

00 

20 
50 



§^27,871 43 
3,246 08 
7,262 45 
41 49 
9,163 25 
8,205 95 

258 

9,737 

8,606 

182 

9,629 59 

4,356 23 

7,080 

7,412 

9,935 

772 

490 

258 

101 

599 

1,109 

6,507 84 

3,354 26 

8,352 88 

2,714 02 

11,418 82 

829 84 

7,589 

8,159 

3,231 

8,355 

42,312 68 

216 64 

3,189 

212 

2,159 

95 

10,126 14 

10,706 88 

10,664 77 

8,524 35 

7,727 40 

7,025 90 

10,434 48 

7,407 49 

12,964 30 

4,350 62 

11,702 63 

8,568 59 



33 

00 
35 
93 



24 
10 
50 

72 



Total 



121,450 16 



12 City Document No. 16. 

Recreation Division — Administration 



$351,790 93 



Baths, Beaches, Pools, Recreation, Centers 


Brighton, Bath 


. $11,014 95 


Broadway Municipal Building, Bath, Center 


36,164 61 


Cabot Street, Bath, Pool, Center 


56,486 87 


Charlestown, Bath, Center .... 


12,055 95 


Charlestown, Pool (Outdoor) ... 


50,696 97 


Chester Park, Pool 


53 04 


Columbia Road, Bath, Center 


16,172 40 


Curtis Hall, Bath, Pool, Center 


30,520 35 


Dover Street, Bath House and Laundry 


. 132,228 62 


Hj^de Park, Bath, Center .... 


15,930 25 


John J. Williams, Bath, Center 


32,685 15 


L Street Bath House and Beach . 


135,654 55 


Maurice J. Tobin Memorial Building, Bath, Cente 


)T 27,321 53 


North Bennet Street, Bath, Center 


52,091 71 


North End Park Beach, Bath and Pool (Outdoor) 


56,132 10 


Paris Street, Bath, Center 


57,751 93 


Plympton Street, Pool 


252 50 


Repair Room, Sewing Room, and Stock Room . 


40,281 74 


Roslindale, Bath, Center 


12,051 60 


Tyler Street, Bath, Center 


12,882 75 


Vine Street, Bath, Center 


31,082 30 


Baths, General 


21,497 24 


Total . . 


$841,009 11 


General Expenses 




Central Office — Administration .... 


$187,305 63 


Street Trees 


154,021 82 


Automobiles, Tractors, Wagons, etc 


100,086 47 


Miscellaneous . 


167 48 


Total . 


$441,581 40 



Recapitulation 

Parks, Gardens, Squares .... 

Playgrounds 

Baths, Beaches, Pools, Recreation Centers 
Recreation Division — Administration 
General Expenses . . . . . 
Reconstruction and Repair of ParkAvays 

Roadways 

Rehabilitation of Franklin Park Zoo 
Repairs to Buildings and Structures 
Playground, Fairmount Section, Hyde Park 
Playground, Hanson Street, South End 



and 



;,499,592 22 
421,450 16 
841,009 11 
351,790 93 

441,581 40 

56,846 07 
9,054 20 

65,844 68 
1,560 00 

2,200 00 



Parks and Recreation Department. 13 

Park and Playground Improvements, etc. . . $74,194 19 

Planting and Replacement of Trees . . . 31,973 27 
Removal of Trees Afflicted with the Dutch Elm 

Disease 31,992 50 

La Layette Mall, Boston Common . . . 8,412 16 

Veterans of Foreign Wars Parkway . . . 71,054 22 



Total $3,908,555 11 



Expenditures of Revenue and Non=Revenue, Special Appropriations 
and Trust Funds, January 1, 1957, to December 31, 1957 

Mary P. C. Cummings Trust Fund, income .... $5,129 87 

Randidge Trust Fund, income ....... 1,729 00 

Construction of Buildings and Original Equipment and 

Furnishings Thereof 23,702 39 

Michael Francis Cahill Fund 3,984 70 

Department Equipment Loan, Revenue and Non-Revenue 14,467 77 

George T. Angell Memorial Plaza, Post Office Square . . 8,280 47 

Total $57,294 20 



CASH RECEIPTS 
For Twelve Months Ending December 31, 1957 

Park Division 

Franklin Park Golf Course .... $27,871 00 

George Wright Golf Course .... 39,722 00 

Permits for signs, openings, etc .... 414 00 

Fees for services 470 00 

Commission on public telephones on park 

property 3,415 90 

Settlement of claims for damages . . . 1,010 53 

Refunds 229 92 

Towels, soap, in playground houses . . . 2,141 33 

Rentals from property and concessions . . 10,845 33 

Miscellaneous . ' 34 90 

Boston Common Tree Fund, income . . 125 88 

Randidge Trust Fund, income .... 1,776 72 

Babcock Music Fund, income .... 97 21 

Foss Flag Fund, income 85 00 

Foss 17th of June Fund, income ... 85 00 

Mary P. C. Cummings Trust Fund, income . 5,948 47 

Sales of park lands 90,000 00 

Rental Guaranty 200 00 

$184,473 19 

Bath Division 

Towels, soap, etc., in bath houses . . . $30,859 33 

30,859 33 

$215.332 52 
Above receipts were credited as follows: ■— — — ■ 

General Revenue $117,014 24 

Trust Funds, income 8,118 28 

Sales of City Lands 90,000 00 

Suspense Account 200 00 

$215,332 52 



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Franklin Park Golf Course 
1957 

Opening Date, April 6. Closing Date, December 22 

Registered Attendance, 40,647 

Annual Permits, 478 at $25 . . . . . $11, 

Annual Permits, 4 at $50 

Daily Permits, 146 at $3 . 

Daily Permits, 4,064 at $2 

Daily Permits, 3,872 at $1.50 

Twilight Permits, 1,347 at $1 

Total 



8,128 00 
5,808 00 
1,347 00 



27,871 



George Wright Golf Course 
1957 

Opening Date, April 6. Closing Date, December 22 
Registered Attendance, 43,040 



Annual Permits, 482 at 
Annual Permits, 33 at 
Daily Permits, 145 at $4 . 
Daily Permits, 3,394 at $2.50 
Daily Permits, 3,516 at $2 
Lockers, 407 at $5 . 



$19,280 00 
2,310 00 
580 00 
8,485 00 
7,032 00 
2,035 00 



Total $39,722 



Attendance Records — 1957 

Playgrounds, Shower Baths, Beaches and 
Swimming Pools, Gymnasia 

Playgrounds, Summer Attendance 
Playgrounds, Winter Attendance (Skating) 

Shower Baths 

Beaches and Swimming Pools .... 
Gymnasia, Class and Individual Attendance 



350,000 
2,467,739 
1,203,714 

170,000 



Total 



10,991,453 



Parks and Recreation Department. 



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PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT — 
CEMETERY DIVISION. 



The following annual report is presented for the 

Cemetery Division from January 1, 1957, to December 
31, 1957. 

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 

Phip-ps Street, Charlestown 76,740 1630 

Covv'8 Hill, Hull street, City .... 89,015 1659 

King's 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 Roxhmy .... 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-five 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 King's 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 Cemeter}', and 
one receiving tomb in Fairview Cemetery, Hyde Park. 



16 City Document No. 16. 

Cemetery Division Receipts, January 1 to December 31, 1957 



Cemeteries 



General 
Receipts 



Perpetual 

Care 
Receipts 



Interest on 

Perpetual 

Care 



Mount Hope 

Fairview 

Evergreen 

Dorchester North. 
Dorchester South. 

Central 

Copp'sHiU 

Westerly 

Phipps Street .... 

Bunker Hill 

Granary 

King's Chapel. . . . 
Office 



$108,651 00 

34,319 76 

18,915 00 

140 00 



$21,230 00 

9,650 00 

10,395 00 



40 00 



91 GO 



521,177 19 

7,684 66 

6,031 18 

403 48 

131 07 

62 50 

62 50 

176 32 

6 56 

1 20 

62 50 

62 50 



Totals . 



$162,156 76 



$41,275 00 



$35,861 69 



Total, Book Value of General Fund, December 31, 1956. . 

Interest, General Fund 1957 

Revenue (General Receipts) 1957 



Payments from Fund, 1957: 

Accrued Interest on Securities Purchased $2,281 00 

Refunds 485 00 



Total, Book Value of General Fund, December 31, 1957. 
Perpetual Care Funds, December 31, 1957 



Total Cemeter}^ Funds . 



$4,515,611 57 

134,630 21 

162,156 76 

$4,812,398 54 



2,766 00 

$4,809,632 54 

1,205,481 66 

$6,015,114 20 



Parks and Recreation Department. 



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December 31, 1957 



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Fairview 

Evergreen 

Dorchester North. 
Phipps Street .... 

Bunker Hill 

Westerly 



1,302 
480 
194 



173 



301 

236 
58 



9,188 
1,110 
1,146 
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2,093 
1,413 
2,905 



334 
99 
84 



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Totals . 



1,978 



220 



595 



11,449 



6,416 



517 



Cemetery Division Expenditures for Maintenance, Year Ending 
December 31, 1957 

Office . 

Mount Hope 

Fairview 

Evergreen . 

Dorchester North 

Dorchester South 

Bennington Street 

HaAves and Emerson 

Westerly 

Central 

Eliot . 

South End South 

Copp's Hill 

Granary 

King's Chapel . 

Bunker Hill 

Phipps Street 

Market Street . 

Park . 



,152 12 

196,749 12 

60,864 39 

52,732 55 

3,664 56 

3,577 

3,462 

97 

57 

91 

2,002 59 

1,961 28 

3,478 

3,345 

3,510 

1,755 

1,775 

74 

3,694 



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50 
80 



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12 

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47 
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Total $361,046 55 



City of Boston 
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