Brian Ladley via Crowdrise
April 17, 2013
BENEFITING: FRIENDS OF THE PUBLIC GARDEN
ORGANIZER: FRIENDS OF THE PUBLIC GARDEN
EVENT: 2013 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 15, 2013
I am so excited to have the opportunity to run in the Boston Marathon! I started running in high school, and since then ran casually for many years. In 2003 I experienced significant hearing loss that continues to this day due to an illness. Running was my way to focus on my health and come to terms with my challenges of communication. Hearing loss is a lot like living in a foreign country where you never have a chance to learn the language, but everyone expects you to keep up. It’s a very intimidating and isolating experience. It took me a while to realize that even though I might not be able to communicate effectively, I could still sure as heck run.
I kept pushing myself to run longer and longer distances. Looking back it was obviously my way to have control over something since I couldn’t control my lack of hearing. I decided to sign up for 5K’s, then 10K’s, then a half marathon in 2008. Finishing the Cape Cod marathon in 2009 gave me a sense of confidence that I had been lacking since 2003. I have been running a marathon each year- for me- ever since. I gradually began to feel it was time to give something back, join a team, run for another purpose that I truly believe in.
When I discovered Friends of the Public Garden was seeking runners, I was ecstatic. I knew this would be a perfect fit for me. I have truly loved visiting the Common, Public Garden and Commonwealth Ave Mall since I moved to Massachusetts in 2005. I understand the effort and resources it requires to keep these special places in excellent condition, available to the public and protected from commercial encroachment. My passion for art history and historic preservation drew me to learn about what it takes to maintain the many irreplaceable sculptures and art pieces that are scattered throughout the parks. Not only do the Friends protect and preserve the trees and open space, they also expertly care for these art treasures so that all visitors may continue to enjoy them.
I am very excited to contribute my time and talent to the Friends in this unique way. Thank you so much for reading this and I hope you will consider supporting me in this effort!
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