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Franklin Park Coalition

SCI and Franklin Park Coalition receive MLK Service Day Grant

SCI, in collaboration with the Franklin Park Coalition, has recently been awarded a grant from the Massachusetts Service Alliance for a 2nd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. The event, which will take place in Franklin Park on January 19th of next year, will involve a volunteer clean-up effort and activities/discussions about the legacy and impact of Dr. King. Youth volunteers from all regions of Massachusetts are especially welcome at this event. For more information, please contact Asia Garcia, the SCI Volunteer Outreach Coordinator at Franklin Park Coaltion.

Walking Tour of Franklin Park

When: Wednesday, July 2 from 6 - 8 pm

Where: Begins at Shattuck Picnic Grove, Circuit Drive & Forest Hills Drive, Boston, MA 02121


On Wednesday, July 2nd a National Park Service ranger from Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site will be conducting a guided walk of Franklin Park entitled “Country in the City”. The event will be held rain or shine and is free and open to the public. No advance reservations are necessary. Participants will be be able to learn about Olmsted’s vision for Franklin Park as they visit the landscapes of Scarboro Pond, Schoolmaster Hill, the Country Park meadow, and a portion of the Wilderness, including the “99 Steps”. There will be a stop at the location within today’s park where writer and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson lived as a young man. For more information about the tour, please call 617-442-4141.

Kite and Bike Festival

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Come fly a kite at Franklin Park on Saturday, May 17th from 11 am until 4 pm! Join Franklin Park Coalition for their fourth annual historic family and community kite festival in Franklin Park. If you do not have your own kite, kites will be available for purchase. There will also be bikes for free rental for attendees to take a tour of the park on the paved paths around the stadium and golf course. It is encouraged to bring a picnic lunch or enjoy fare from one of the local food trucks. Enjoy spring by flying a kite or taking a ride around Franklin Park. 

This event will take place at the Playstead Ballfield located at 450 Walnut Ave, Boston, MA 02130. This event is co-sponsored by Franklin Park Coalition, Discover Roxbury, Boston Bikes, and Boston Parks and Recreation Department. 

Spring Planting at Franklin Park

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On Saturday, April 26 Franklin Park Coalition will host a spring planting event. Join Franklin Park Coalition to help plant young trees and clear invasive species in the woodlands of Franklin Park. This event will take place from 10 am until Noon. Volunteers should wear old clothes and bring work gloves if they have their own. Gloves can be provided if volunteers do not have their own. Volunteers will meet at the Valley Gates Parking Lot located midway along Franklin Park Road in Dorchester. 

For more information on this opportunity, please contact Pareesa Charmchi at pcharmchi@socialcapitalinc.org.

Learn the History of Franklin Park

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Spring is usually a quiet time in Franklin Park. The Park is still a few weeks away from the leaves, birds, golfers, and festival goers attending the park's great activities. It is a special time to take a look at Franklin Park in a different way. The way designer Frederick Law Olmsted saw it. Observe features that are hard to see when the park is fully leafed out. Join the National Olmsted Historic Site for a 90 minute stroll to celebrate spring's arrival in Boston. 

This event will take place on Sunday, March 23 from 2-3:30 pm at Franklin Park Shattuck Picnic Grove located at the intersection of Forest Hills Drive and Jewish War Veterans Memorial Highway in Boston. Advanced reservations are required, to do so, email Ranger Mark Swartz at Mark_Swartz@nps.gov by Thursday, March 20th. Leave your name, phone number, number of people within your party, and any additional contact information. 

Planting Daffodils in Franklin Park

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Come join the Northeastern Civic Engagement Program Crew clean up Franklin Park! Volunteers will help plant daffodils and pull up invasive trees to keep the park safe and clean. All ages can help out!


When: Saturday November 2 from 10 am until 1 pm


Where: Valley Gates Parking Lot (on the corner of Circuit Drive and Glen Lane), Boston, MA, 02121


If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Pareesa at pareesa@franklinparkcoalition.org or call 617-442-4141

Fall Volunteer Day

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Come join the Franklin Park Coalition help beautify Franklin Park!


When: Saturday October 19th from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm

Where: Franklin Park, Volunteers meet at the Valley Gates parking lot at 10 am

What: Volunteers will help beautifying Franklin Park by pulling invasive plants, raking, picking up garbage, and more throughout the park


Volunteers are advised to come prepared to work outdoors, wear layers, boots/sneakers, and older clothing


For more information visit the events website: www.franklinparkcoalition.org/event/fall-volunteer-day or call (617) 442-4141

Attend a Concert in the Park

Come to the Elma Lewis Playhouse in the Park concert series!

When: Tuesday's in July. Shows in the morning and evening.

Where: Franklin Park, Shattuck Picnic Grove

What: Free performances by local artists for all ages.

For more information, click here.

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