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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.

Latest News

 

Franklin Park Turkey Trot

Thanksgiving Day – Thursday, November 24, 2022

Race starts at 9am at the Golf Clubhouse, One Circuit Drive, Dorchester 02122

Chip-timed. Family friendly, strollers and leased dogs welcome. Prizes for winners by age category and best costumes.

Register Here

Early bib pick-up:

At the Clubhouse: Sunday, November 13 and November 20 from 2-4pm

At JP Licks on Centre St in Jamaica Plain: Wednesday, November 23 from 4-7pm

 

Public Safety

In response to the horrific attack on an older longtime park user and an increase in active drug use, FPC hosted a public meeting with officials responsible for management in the park and at the Shattuck. More than 200 people logged on. If you missed the conversation, you can listen to it here.

FPC will continue to work with police, Parks Dept staff, Shattuck leadership, and other agencies that can help make a difference and bring safety improvements to the park. We will report back via this website and our newsletter. Scroll down on this page to sign up if you do not already receive it.

 

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 www.franklinparkcoalition.org/311 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 www.franklinparkcoalition.org/311.

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.

Upcoming Events

Work

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.

Play

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!

Engage

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.