The FPC brings together neighbors for the betterment of one of Boston's largest green spaces and its surrounding communities.
We want park community members to help care for the park's special places and have a voice in decisions that impact the park. Most of all, we want Franklin Park to get the attention and resources that this historic landmark and vital community resource deserves.
The Franklin Park Coalition brings diverse park constituents together to advocate for and steward the park, working on park management and maintenance, woodlands restoration, public safety, and cultural programming.
The Franklin Park Coalition vision is simple: to restore and preserve Franklin Park, a 527 historic urban green space located in the geographic heart of Boston. The mission of the park is achieved thorough advocacy with public officials to make sure that Franklin Park is not neglected; working for park improvements including better park management, public transit options to the park, entrance beautification, bicycle access, restoration of historic features, and more; recruiting volunteers and young people to restore the park's 220-acre forest; leading park walks, history tours, and nature programs to encourage city dwellers to discover the park's treasures; bringing back the “Elma Lewis Playhouse in the Park” for free summer concerts to build community and celebrate local artists; hiring neighborhood youth for summer and school year jobs restoring the woodlands and promoting the park; and working with community members and public safety agencies to help people feel safe in the park.
Franklin Park was created by Frederick Law Olmsted and his landscape architectural firm in the later decades of the nineteenth century as the "jewel" of Boston's Emerald Necklace. 527 acres of public land is home to a 200 acre forest, an 18-hole public golf course, tennis courts, baseball fields, a premier cross country course, historic stone ruins, and New England's largest zoo. The FPC invites you to spend the day and explore the park. Visitors can lunch at the golf clubhouse, watch a Sunday afternoon cricket game, and walk the 2.5 mile loop path through woods, over old stone bridges, and past a picturesque pond. Everything from a calendar of free park activities to historic photos is available at www.franklinparkcoalition.org.
The Franklin Park Coalition Boston Marathon Charity Team is offering a series of Franklin Park Perks to donors of certain levels, upon the request of the donor. These perks include:
- $20.00+=Become a member of the Franklin Park Coalition and support the preservation and programming efforts in Boston’s largest urban greenspace. Be the first to learn about upcoming cultural programming and special events in Franklin Park.
- $50.00+=Membership in the Franklin Park Coalition and a Franklin Park Coalition Short Sleeve t-shirt
- $100.00+=Membership, t-shirt, and a copy of Images of America: Franklin Park.
Please contact your runner or Julie Arrison, Marathon Charity Team Leader, to claim your perk!