Parks

City Announces New Capital Funding For Cutillo Park Study, North End Library and Columbus Playground

The city funding is dedicated to public community spaces. It is worth noting that all three new projects respond to needs highlighted by local residents through various non-profit “Friends” groups, such as the recently formed Friends of Cutillo Park, Friends of the North End Branch Library and Friends of Christopher Columbus Park.

→Source: North End Waterfront

Boston high school students will reflect on the City’s Resilient Boston Harbor vision and investigate the meaning of resiliency, the vision they have for Boston, and their role in implementing solutions.

Date: April 4, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Location: Boston City Hall
More Information: greenovateboston.org/boston_design_week_2019

City sets out a ‘bold vision’ for Moakley Park

The Moakley Park of the future would include a new berm to protect against coastal flooding, the elimination of the section of Day Boulevard that runs along Carson Beach, and the creation of a new track and football stadium under a conceptual plan unveiled by city of Boston officials and presented by representatives of its design team last Thursday during a community meeting in South Boston.

→Source: Dorchester Reporter

$25 million in private funds to help build waterfront park in SF’s Bayview

One of San Francisco’s long-elusive recreational goals — a large and lively waterfront park on the city’s southeastern edge — is $25 million closer to becoming reality. The grant from the John Pritzker Family Fund, a local foundation, will pay for environmental remediation as well as design and partial construction of an 8-acre park along India Basin, in the Bayview district.

→Source: San Francisco Chronicle

Tenean Beach Clean-Up on Park Serve Day

Join NepRWA staff and the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) as a volunteer at Tenean Beach in Dorchester on Park Serve Day, a statewide service day that helps get our parks and open spaces ready for the summer season.

Date: April 27, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Location: Tenean Beach, Dorchester
More Information: neponset.org/happenings

Knight Foundation Announces $1 Million in New Fellowships to Support Innovative Use of Public Spaces to Transform Communities

Knight Foundation is inviting nominations for the inaugural Knight Public Spaces Fellowship, intended to recognize leading civic innovators who have created or influenced great public spaces that have transformed communities across America. A small group of selected fellows will share up to $1 million in grants to continue their work.

→Source: Knight Foundation

Officials seek more protections for city wetlands to counter effects of climate change

Boston has wetlands areas scattered across the city that have long been cherished for their beauty and environmental benefits. But environmental advocates say the city has few tools to protect these spaces from climate change and the secondary effects of development, such as shifts in flood patterns; the city is one of only three along the Massachusetts coastline that does not have local laws protecting wetlands.

→Source: The Boston Globe

The Secret to Good Health May Be a Walk in the Park

In Minneapolis-St. Paul, the nation’s healthiest urban region, almost everyone lives within a 10-minute walk of a good public park. Shouldn’t we all?

→Source: The New York Times

Editorial: Voters say raise my taxes to preserve parks, but Beacon Hill isn’t keeping up with demand

The Community Preservation Act is so popular for a simple reason: It works, and taxpayers who vote for it can see the tangible results in their parks and neighborhoods. It’s improving the quality of life in Massachusetts, and well worth additional investment from the state.

→Source: The Boston Globe

Downtown Waterfront Coastal Resilience Study

Starting in 2019, this study will be conducted in various neighborhoods, including the Wharf District, as part of city’s Resilient Boston Harbor vision to protect our waterfront from rising sea level and climate change.

→Source: North End Waterfront

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