2022 Spring Program and Luncheon

“Come Together and Be Seen”

Learning through Olmsted’s Bicentennial How Parks Can Connect and Heal Us NOW

Location:Franklin Park Zoo
Time:Monday, April 25 | 9:30 AM Coffee and Registration | Meeting begins at 10:00 AM
Parking:Near the Zoo’s Giraffe Entrance: 1 Pierpont Rd, Boston 02121
(Golf carts will be provided for those who require assistance)
Cost of Program:$35
Cost of Lunch:$25
There will be a choice of 3 boxed lunches, one vegetarian option. Your choice will be made on site.

Tickets will be sold via Event Brite only.

April 26, 2022 will be the 200th birthday of Frederick Law Olmsted, America’s great place maker and designer of Franklin Park, the Emerald Necklace park system, and numerous landscapes across Greater Boston and beyond. His bicentennial is our opportunity to explore why he considered parks as places to “come together”, and be seen”, and how his legacy ideas of shared use, shared health and shared power in parks and public space can make our city more verdant, vibrant, and equitable—NOW. On the eve of Olmsted’s next 200 years, this panel will delve into Olmsted’s belief in the role of parks to connect and heal us, using Franklin Park as a case study.

An expert panel will be moderated by Jen Mergel, Director of Experience & Cultural Partnerships at the Emerald Necklace Conservancy. Speakers (others to be announced) will explore Franklin Park’s past, present, and future through the lens of landscape history, cultural activation, and NOW’s forthcoming community-driven decision-making. Learn about how these multi-disciplinary perspectives inform Greater Boston’s bicentennial season and what learning impacts and lasting change can be carried forward beyond 2022.

Meeting attendees will also have the opportunity for a guided tour of the Boston Committee’s Blossom Fund project, the restoration of Franklin Park’s historic Shurcliff Garden.

Our meeting is a collaboration between the Boston Committee of The Garden Club of America, Zoo New England at Franklin Park, and the Emerald Necklace Conservancy as part of Olmsted NOW: Greater Boston’s Olmsted Bicentennial.