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Support the Future of Franklin Park- Shattuck Campus Planning Meeting

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On Tuesday, June 25th at 6:30, the third and final Shattuck Campus Planning Community meeting will be held at the Golf course Clubhouse, and we encourage Franklin Park Coalition members and park neighbors to attend. The Shattuck Campus is a 13-acre site that was transferred in the 1950s, from the City’s park to the Commonwealth, to build a hospital. Due to the deteriorating condition of the hospital building, it will be moving to a new building the Commonwealth purchased from Boston Medical Center in the South End. Current vendors, exclusively providing substance use recovery and shelter services, were not given space in the new facility. A planning process to determine the best public health use of the property began in 2018.

Design & Program Development Requests & Feedback

We hope that any future users of the site feel welcome in the park. As participants in the Shattuck Campus Planning Community Advisory Board over the past year, the Franklin Park Coalition has sought creativity in the redesign and a focus on the public health benefit of urban parks. The plan at this stage is vague, which has impeded our ability to give detailed feedback prior to this final meeting. We are encouraged by the agreement to prioritize green design and participate in a further development review process (Article 80).  However, on the program side, we seek more information to avoid any potential impacts on the park. Given the campus’ remote location and our City’s complicated experience with concentrating recovery services, we request a full review of best practices for addictions services programs design. We also suggest that community members ask for the following ten items be included in the Plan and subsequent Request for Proposals (RFP):

Download a Handout of these questions and background info to bring to the meeting (PDF).

  1. Increase continuity and connection between the park and campus, and coordinate closely with the City of Boston’s upcoming Franklin Park Master Planning effort.
  2. Preference for as much open space as possible, by increasing potential building density (vs. sprawl/ parking lots), providing conservation easements or returning land where possible to the park- and determining this amount before issue an RFP.
  3. As a good park neighbor, establish a high standard for site maintenance that creates and sustains a park-like environment where the park and site meet. During any construction, avoid disrupting park use.
  4. Shift all vehicle access from the interior of the park to a new Morton Street vehicle entrance.
  5. Increase the frequency of transit and shuttles. Improve the safety of bus stops, bike paths, and pedestrian routes.
  6. Lease to supportive housing and public health vendors that benefit a diverse range of issues and bring people together in this space, as currently occurs at the Shattuck Hospital.
  7. Create park amenities on the campus to leverage its unique public health benefits for both campus users and the general public (visitor center, exercise equipment, playgrounds, etc.).
  8. Offer workforce development programming that connects to the special park environment and encourages supportive housing residents’ connection to the community.
  9. Maintain Dept. of Public Health police and security presence on the campus for new vendors.
  10. Maintain the outpatient/temporary (i.e., methadone clinics) vs. inpatient (i.e., supportive housing/detox) ratios of the current Shattuck Hospital services, with a priority for inpatient services.

Invitation Details:

The Commonwealth, with a consultant team and community input, is engaging in a visioning or planning process – through June 2019 — to make recommendations for the future use of the Campus. Franklin Park Coalition is a member of the Advisory Board on this process. The next community meeting is at at the Golf Clubhouse in Franklin Park. Doors open at 5:45 pm and dinner is provided. A Spanish interpreter will be provided for the meeting. Written materials will be available in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole.

You can find the slide presentation from Community Meeting 1 & 2 and additional background information about the planning process on www.mass.gov/shattuckcampusplanning.

Shattuck Campus Planning Community Meeting (#2 of 3)

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Please come to this important community meeting to voice your ideas as neighbors and park advocates.

Invitation:

The Commonwealth, with a consultant team and community input, is engaging in a master planning process – through June 2019 — to make recommendations for the future use of the Campus. The next community meeting is coming up on January 16th, from 6:30-9: 00 pm at the Golf Clubhouse in Franklin Park. Doors open at 5:45 pm. A Spanish interpreter will be provided for the meeting. Written materials will be available in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole.

You’ll hear a summary of a health needs and services assessment that was conducted by the consultant team, and have an opportunity to provide input into potential programmatic and service opportunities as well as preliminary design options.

You can find the slide presentation from Community Meeting 1 and additional background information about the planning process on www.mass.gov/shattuckcampusplanning.

Fall Finale- Outdoor RX Fall 2018 Series

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Register here: https://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/108902

Join Outdoors Rx for free walks, nature explorations, and games. Together, we can be healthier and have fun! All families welcome with children ages 0-13. Our fall series in Boston runs for four weekends in a row, same time and same place! A different activity each week. Franklin Park- Clubhouse at 1 Circuit Drive Saturdays, 10:30 AM -12:00 PM October 20- Meet Franklin Park October 27- All About Birds November 3- Wild Wind November 10- Fall Finale

Cost

Free

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Wild Wind- Outdoor RX Fall 2018 Series

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Register here: https://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/108902

Join Outdoors Rx for free walks, nature explorations, and games. Together, we can be healthier and have fun! All families welcome with children ages 0-13. Our fall series in Boston runs for four weekends in a row, same time and same place! A different activity each week. Franklin Park- Clubhouse at 1 Circuit Drive Saturdays, 10:30 AM -12:00 PM October 20- Meet Franklin Park October 27- All About Birds November 3- Wild Wind November 10- Fall Finale

Cost

Free

Register on AMC website to receive our weekly family email

https://www.outdoors.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/2015-ORX-Tri-Fold_boston-final-1.pdf

All About Birds- Outdoor RX Fall 2018 Series

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Register here: https://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/108902

Join Outdoors Rx for free walks, nature explorations, and games. Together, we can be healthier and have fun! All families welcome with children ages 0-13. Our fall series in Boston runs for four weekends in a row, same time and same place! A different activity each week. Franklin Park- Clubhouse at 1 Circuit Drive Saturdays, 10:30 AM -12:00 PM October 20- Meet Franklin Park October 27- All About Birds November 3- Wild Wind November 10- Fall Finale

Cost

Free

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Lavendar Ruins at Fog X FLO

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Fog x FLO: Fujiko Nakaya on the Emerald Necklace

Organized by the Conservancy with curator Jen Mergel, this FREE public art presentation is on view every day, hourly from dawn to dusk, from August 11 through October 31. Learn how to visit!

The Conservancy welcomes to Boston and Brookline Fujiko Nakaya’s first extended citywide exhibition of multiple “fog sculptures,” marking her five-decade career with works at five sites along the historic urban parks that link more than a dozen neighborhoods and provide a natural, recreational and cultural conduit for the community. Created in response to the landmarked waterways and landscapes designed by Frederick Law Olmsted (FLO), Nakaya’s “climate responsive” shape-shifting, pure water forms invite visitors to immerse themselves in the art, experience nature anew, and appreciate the vital role of the Emerald Necklace in our city’s history, present, and future.

Nakaya calls fog “the most generous medium” and has collaborated for decades with artists, musicians, designers and more to transform her fog sculptures to  “fog performances.” Artists in the Boston area are welcome to submit proposals for events. Check our calendar for a schedule of fog events!

Lavender Ruins

An evening concert sound installation by Neil Leonard made in response to Fog x Ruins, Fujiko Nakaya’s site-specific fog sculpture for Franklin Park’s Overlook Shelter Ruins, the site where Elma Lewis invited Duke Ellington to perform annually for Playhouse in the Park.

Leonard’s composition fills the site of Nakaya’s dancing fog and lighting design by Shiro Takatani, with sound that also pays tribute to the visionary concepts of Fujiko Nakaya and the sonic imagination of Duke Ellington. The work revisits selected themes by Ellington including Lady of the Lavender Mist, The Kissing Mist, Atmosphere (Moon Mist), A Blue Fog That You Can Almost See Through (Transblucency), The Fog That Clouds It (Schwiphti). As these titles suggest, the music is atmospheric, lush and mist-like. The sound is reminiscent of Duke Ellington’s Boston-area born saxophonists, Harry Carney and Johnny Hodges, who recorded these themes with Ellington, and performed with his orchestra in the Ruins.

This 20-minute sound installation, playing at 7:00pm and 8:00pm, comprises an array of speakers located Overlook Shelter Ruins that surround the fog sculpture and audience.