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Turkey Trot Registration is filling up fast!

ou Join us with you friends, family, and neighbors for the 2023 Franklin Park Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning at 9am.  Spots are filling up fast and we’re likely to sell out ahead of Thanksgiving moring.  To register, or for more information, go to

Shattuck Hospital Re-development

You have probably seen the news about a proposed development on the Shattuck campus. The hospital and medical services will be moving by 2026 and a coalition of providers, led by BMC, has been awarded the project. The proposed development includes:

  • 405 housing first supportive housing units
  • 120 low-threshold emergency beds
  • 326 treatment beds
  • 450 daily out-patient treatment capacity
  • 5,200 yearly in-patient treatment capacity

FPC feels this is too large to support recovery, to care for individuals and families in need, and to protect our park from the issues that arise when there are active substance users in the environment. You can read our Letter to the Boston Globe about the project. The Boston Medical Center-led coalition has repeatedly stated their interest in working with the park community to ensure the final development takes into account neighborhood concerns. There will be presentations and public meetings going forward that we will publicize.

White Stadium Renovation Project

At the other end of the park the Boston Public Schools and a professional women’s soccer team have developed a renovation plan for George Robert White Schoolboy Stadium. You can read details here (special thanks to park neighbor, Josh Muncey):

  1. General White Stadium updates page
  2. Boston Unity proposal/deck (In response to the original RFP)
  3. White Stadium public meeting on the transportation plan for soccer games

Again, FPC is concerned about the size of the plan. The renovated Stadium will include 11,000 seats for 20 pro women’s soccer games every year (and where will all those fans park?!) and new buildings for BPS athletics, potentially including an indoor gym and half-field, fitness and sports medicine facilities, and administrative offices. This project is on a faster track; we will keep you updated about developments and public meetings.

Franklin Park Action Plan 

Implementation update: first, a huge thank you to all who showed up at the Mayor’s Coffee Hours and at City Council meetings and wrote or called to advocate for “Action on the Action Plan.” Unfortunately, no extra maintenance and management funds, as recommended in the Action Plan, will be allocated this year. But we are already gearing up for next year’s budget.

The Franklin Park Coalition Board of Directors offered their Comments on the Action Plan and sent a budget request to the Mayor and our elected officials for a significant operating and capital investment to begin Action Plan Implementation.

Report and Track Concerns about Franklin Park

We’re please to announce a new page dedicated as a one-stop-shop to report and track your concerns about Franklin Park.  Go to to view open and closed comments and complaints from parks users.  The page leverages the City of Boston’s 311 service to display requests relating to issues in the park.  See litter that needs to be addressed?  Fallen limb? Out of service water station?  You can report these issues, and more, on your smartphone (Android; iPhone) or via the web.  And track your report, and those of other park users, at

Bos: 311 is the best way to report all the issues you want to see address in the park.  Download the app, then snap a photo on your phone, tag the location in the park, and write a short description.


Welcome to the Franklin Park Coalition

The Franklin Park Coalition (FPC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to involving the community to work, play, & engage in Franklin Park, Boston’s largest green space. Designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted in the late 1800s, Franklin Park serves as an urban oasis to the surrounding neighborhoods and the City of Boston.

Upcoming Events


The Franklin Park Coalition plays a big part in conservation and stewardship of the park. This work is carried out primarily through our volunteer programs. FPC volunteers come the local community, Northeastern University and other educational institutions, and businesses/corporations. We also have hosted AmeriCorps members, and organized a summer youth conservation team.


There are lots of opportunities to play in the park! The FPC organizes the annual Kite & Bike Festival, the Elma Lewis Playhouse concert series, and the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot. We also host the Winter Festival and a range of health & fitness activities throughout the summer. Stay up to date on upcoming events by checking out our calendar and joining our mailing list!


Although most people know the FPC because of our events and park stewardship, advocacy is really at the core of what we do. FPC advocacy has deep roots; the organization was founded in 1974 by community members concerned about mismanagement in the park. They made the park the urban oasis that it was meant to be. The fact that Franklin Park is such a beautiful, safe, and well-used space is due in no small part to the advocacy of the FPC and our membership.