For over a century, Franklin Park has been a lively and beloved center of recreation, gathering, nature, and discovery for the Boston community. Now, with newly allocated park funds, the City of Boston is planning ahead for the park’s next century. With the sale of the Winthrop Square Garage, Mayor Martin J. Walsh committed $28 million to revitalize Franklin Park. In preparation for this investment, which includes $5 million earmarked to create a maintenance endowment, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department launched a new master plan for the park.
Agency is leading the public engagement, planning, and programming for an effort led by Reed Hilderbrand in collaboration with MASS Design Group and a broad team of ecology, engineering, economic, and engagement experts to create a community driven master plan for an engaging and diverse Franklin Park.
Throughout this 18-month project which commenced in Fall 2019, the team will undertake an equitable and inclusive planning and decision-making process to create a shared vision for the future of Franklin Park. Our work will build on previous planning efforts and improvements by the City and its partners. Now almost halfway through the master plan process, the team has visited Franklin Park and the surrounding communities for community workshops, pop-up activities, surveys, and conversations with the park’s neighbors.Project Images