BENEFITING: FRIENDS OF THE PUBLIC GARDEN
ORGANIZER: FRIENDS OF THE PUBLIC GARDEN
EVENT: 2013 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 15, 2013
Thanks again to all that have supported my fundraising. As you can see I am nearly there and couldn't have done it without you.
Exciting update on the Boston Dog Park...the city approved it!!!
The application for a rotating off leash area in the Boston Common is complete and is pending approval by the city. Dog owners and other community members who are advocating for the space comment on the importance of this development for the city of Boston and respond to some public concerns.
Allison Byrne says,
“There is no question the off-leash area will be a big boon for dog owners. The parks are for the people to use and enjoy. And it turns out that for city dwellers with dogs, a growing population, the way they want to enjoy the park is with their dog. Dogs and people are social and thrive in a group setting. Having a designated area where dog owners can congregate and allow their dogs to safely run around together is the goal. Dogs need to run on a daily basis to be emotionally and physically healthy, and the interactions they have with other dogs are helpful for socialization, similar to how children benefit from play groups. The same can be said of the dog owners!”
She believes the city will benefit from the program because it creates goodwill and enhances a growing sense of community. The Boston Common is our common back yard and all city-dwellers should be able to use it to mutual benefit.
This of course leads to the question of proper care. There is concern that overuse of these areas will be detrimental to the grounds. That is why the space will be rotating. Rather than one designated off-leash area the plan is for dog owners to rotate use of separate spaces to allow the areas to be reseeded and restored between uses. These spaces will be well marked with signs, dog waste bag dispensers and trash bins. The dog owners have agreed to a sort of self governance which will include outreach and education to encourage all dog owners to obey the rules, and enables them to become active stewards of the park. Dog owners are also financially responsible for restoring the off-leash areas on a regular basis. The money for this upkeep will come both from private financial contributions and through public fundraising efforts.
If you have questions about the off-leash area please email email@example.com.
I will be running to raise money for the Friends of the Public Garden. This money supports Boston's Public Garden, The Comm. Ave Mall and the Boston Common. These parks are near and dear to my heart. One of the last beautiful sites I was able to share with my sister was the Comm. Ave Mall tree lights at night this past winter. They really are magical. As for my dog, Murphy, he was the unofficial Mayor of Boston. We were always out on the Boston Common and he knew everyone! This past year a dedicated group of us dog owners have been working with the Friends of the Public Garden on getting approval from the city of Boston for the first Off-leash dog park on the Common. The application has just been submitted and we are all hopeful! Stay tuned…
So it is easy for me to want to honor Karina and Murphy by raising money for these parks that enriched their lives and mine as well. Please consider making a donation to help me reach my goal.
FRIENDS OF THE PUBLIC GARDEN wrote -
The Friends of the Public Garden, a parks advocacy organization founded in 1970, has a mission to preserve, protect and enhance Boston's first three public parks: the Boston Common, the Public Garden and the Commonwealth Avenue Mall, in partnership with the City of Boston Parks Department. Did you know that the Boston Common is the countrys' first public park? Or that the Boston Public Garden is the countrys' first botanical garden?
The Friends encourage citizen advocacy, conduct improvement projects, sponsor educational programs and family events in the parks, and provide much needed financial support for tree care, bench replacement, monument conservation, and fountain restoration and maintenance, ensuring that the critical natural and structural features of these parks receive the vital care that they need.
Beyond our annual stewardship work in the parks, we are now in the midst of a $4million improvement project on the Boston Common to renovate the Brewer Fountain Plaza and Parkland stretching from Tremont Street up to the Shaw memorial, the front lawn of our State House. This is the most ambitious project in our 41-year history and is dramatically transforming the most neglected, yet most heavily used, corner of the Common into one of the most striking public spaces in the city. The new granite plaza around the beautiful 150 year-old Brewer Fountain is now adorned with cafe tables, chairs and umbrellas. Piano music is played at lunchtime and food is available from a high-end food truck. Thirty-two new trees, new grass, curbs, and paths have revitalized the Liberty Mall (up the hill to the Shaw memorial) and created a lush parkland oasis perfect for relaxing and escaping the bustling city.
Whether these parks are a place to enjoy with your family and friends, a pathway through which you commute to work each day, or a place of respite, we hope you will consider joining us in supporting this green heritage. Learn more at www.friendsofthepublicgarden.org