What better month to celebrate all things park! We have National Park Week and Park Serve Day, not to mention the celebration of Frederick Law Olmsted’s 200th birthday. Olmsted designed and developed parks to address the issues of his day. His parks addressed a country fractured by politics, war, industrialization, and an increasingly diverse and economically divided urbanizing population. Sound familiar? Olmsted’s design of the Emerald Necklace along the Fens and the Muddy River included flood storage, drainage, and marsh restoration. Today, our park designs and redesigns continue to address stormwater management, the heat island effect, and sea level rise, a topic I recently wrote about in Commonwealth magazine.
This month, there is a wealth of opportunities to give back to the parks you love. You can experience an Olmsted-designed park firsthand when you attend Stewardship Saturday at World’s End. Or head to one of the City of Boston’s largest green spaces to partake in this month’s Moakley Park Cleanup for Park Serve Day. There are additional opportunities to lend a hand in state parks across Massachusetts on April 23 as well as smaller clean ups on the Neponset River and elsewhere around Boston. We hope you’ll join us in helping to prepare one of these beautiful public spaces for springtime.
Head out to celebrate your park,
Katherine F. Abbott
President and CEO
Boston Harbor Now