Fiscal Year 2019 Budget

Beginning July 1, 2018 and ending June 30, 2019

Last updated: 4/11/18

Open Space

Initiatives to strengthen our existing park system and invest in new open spaces.

Imagine Boston 2030 calls for the City to strengthen Boston’s existing park system and invest in new open spaces. Through the use of Winthrop Square proceeds, City capital dollars, and leveraging external funds, Mayor Walsh plans to carry out early actions to implement Imagine Boston 2030’s Open Space goals, including investing in Franklin Park as a keystone park for the city, completing the Emerald Necklace, and restoring Boston Common to its full vibrancy.

Franklin Park renovations are already underway with investments in its pathways and a commitment to caring for its tree canopy. Mayor Walsh has also committed to a $28 million investment funded by the sale of the Winthrop Square garage to renovate Boston’s largest park, which borders multiple neighborhoods. These improvements, combined with the master planning of Moakley Park, serve as anchor projects to launch the City’s efforts to complete the Emerald Necklace. Originally envisioned by the Olmsted Corporation in the 1890s, the completion will be a community-led and modern interpretation of a green street, which increases connections in underserved areas of our city. Mayor Walsh has also committed $28 million from the Winthrop garage sale to augment the current historic levels of investment in Boston Common to fully renovate America’s First Park. This investment will ensure future generations will enjoy the park in its full vibrancy.

In addition to the major initiatives outlined in Imagine Boston 2030, Mayor Walsh’s FY19-23 Capital Plan continues investments to ensure Boston’s open spaces are among the Nation’s most accessible and equitable. In an extension of the City’s commitment to the usage and safety of the Emerald Necklace, the Parks and Recreation Department is designing a $4.8 million project for pathway improvements around Jamaica Pond. From the annual lantern parade, to the thousands of children who learn boating, to the walkers and joggers enjoying the 1.5 mile loop for recreation, Jamaica Pond is a singular urban park experience. Across town, a renovation of Paul Revere Mall in the North End will soon be underway and will ensure this historic park is a welcoming and inviting place for residents and visitors. The Paul Revere monument, along the Freedom Trail, is one of the most photographed sculptures in Boston. This renovation project, funded in part by the City’s George Robert White Fund, will include restoration of the fountain and monument, accessible pathways, landscaping, and utility work.

Ninety-seven percent of Bostonians live within a ten-minute walk of a park, but those spaces are only truly equitable if they serve the diverse needs of all our residents. Mayor Walsh recognizes the need for inclusive design and has created robust budgets for park renovation projects at Martin’s Park in the Seaport, Smith Playground in Allston, McConnell Playground, Garvey Playground, and Harambee Park in Dorchester. In addition, the FY19-23 plan proposes new investments in athletic field lighting and playground improvements in more than a half dozen locations. The Capital Plan also supports an increased investment totaling $950,000 in the renovation and renewal of playing courts (basketball, tennis, and street hockey).

Open Space - Active Projects


Department Project Location Status FY19 Projected Total
Boston Planning and Development Agency Long Wharf Harborwalk Signage Financial District/Downtown New Project 0 150,000
Parks and Recreation Department Amatucci Playground Hyde Park New Project 60,000 500,000
Parks and Recreation Department Back Bay Fens Westland Avenue Entrance Fenway/Kenmore In Design 700,000 1,069,985
Parks and Recreation Department Beauford Playground Roxbury New Project 50,000 450,000
Parks and Recreation Department Boston Common Master Plan Beacon Hill New Project 100,000 500,000
Parks and Recreation Department Boston Common Tadpole Play Lot Beacon Hill In Design 0 150,000
Parks and Recreation Department Boston Common Utility Study Beacon Hill In Design 7,100 100,000
Parks and Recreation Department Bussey Brook Wall Jamaica Plain In Design 500,000 600,000
Parks and Recreation Department Cassidy Field Allston/Brighton In Design 1,000,000 4,415,000
Parks and Recreation Department Cassidy Field House Allston/Brighton In Design 1,500,000 2,752,000
Parks and Recreation Department Christopher Columbus Park North End In Design 200,000 260,000
Parks and Recreation Department Court Renovations Citywide Annual Program 750,000 8,767,444
Parks and Recreation Department Dewitt Playground Roxbury In Design 150,000 1,780,000
Parks and Recreation Department Doherty-Gibson Playground Dorchester To Be Scheduled 100,000 1,120,000
Parks and Recreation Department Dorchester Park Dorchester New Project 60,000 500,000
Parks and Recreation Department Downer Avenue Park Dorchester In Design 600,000 1,150,000
Parks and Recreation Department Dudley Town Common Roxbury To Be Scheduled 0 972,000
Parks and Recreation Department Edwards Playground Charlestown In Design 500,000 1,400,000
Parks and Recreation Department Field Lights at Various Parks Various neighborhoods New Project 350,000 2,700,000
Parks and Recreation Department Flaherty Park South Boston In Design 250,000 715,000
Parks and Recreation Department Franklin Park Master Plan Various neighborhoods New Project 100,000 800,000
Parks and Recreation Department Franklin Park Master Plan Update Roxbury Study Underway 15,000 75,000
Parks and Recreation Department Franklin Park Pathway Improvements Various neighborhoods In Construction 2,000,000 5,000,000
Parks and Recreation Department Frog Pond Beacon Hill In Design 100,800 150,000
Parks and Recreation Department Frog Pond Master Plan Study Beacon Hill In Design 75,000 150,000
Parks and Recreation Department Garvey Playground Dorchester In Design 861,544 5,000,000
Parks and Recreation Department General Parks Improvements Citywide Annual Program 750,000 5,941,515
Parks and Recreation Department George Wright Clubhouse Phase 2 Hyde Park In Design 1,250,000 1,400,000
Parks and Recreation Department George Wright Clubhouse Study Hyde Park Study Underway 70,000 120,000
Parks and Recreation Department George Wright Golf Course Hyde Park Annual Program 200,000 2,931,698
Parks and Recreation Department Green Infrastructure Plan Citywide In Design 33,567 100,000
Parks and Recreation Department Harambee Park Master Plan Implementation Dorchester In Construction 1,750,000 2,700,000
Parks and Recreation Department Harambee Park Phase 2 Dorchester New Project 300,000 3,500,000
Parks and Recreation Department Historic Cemeteries Citywide Annual Program 140,000 2,384,117
Parks and Recreation Department Hobart Playground Allston/Brighton New Project 15,000 150,000
Parks and Recreation Department Holborn Street Playground Roxbury New Project 50,000 400,000
Parks and Recreation Department Jamaica Pond Dock Rehabilitation Jamaica Plain In Design 0 210,000
Parks and Recreation Department Jamaica Pond Pathways and Perimeter Improvements Jamaica Plain In Design 3,650,000 4,770,000
Parks and Recreation Department Justice Gourdin Veterans' Memorial Park Roxbury In Design 200,000 930,000
Parks and Recreation Department Kelleher Rose Garden Fenway/Kenmore In Construction 20,000 250,000
Parks and Recreation Department Lambert Avenue Playground Roxbury New Project 60,000 500,000
Parks and Recreation Department Langone Park and Puopolo Playground North End In Design 750,000 6,160,000
Parks and Recreation Department Liberty Tree Plaza Chinatown In Construction 42,259 1,187,086
Parks and Recreation Department Martin's Park South Boston In Construction 0 7,000,000
Parks and Recreation Department Mary Hannon Playground Phase II Roxbury In Design 653,000 896,000
Parks and Recreation Department McConnell Playground Dorchester In Design 1,261,700 3,790,000
Parks and Recreation Department Moakley Park Master Plan South Boston In Design 90,000 180,000
Parks and Recreation Department Mt. Hope Street Parcel Roslindale In Construction 10,000 60,000
Parks and Recreation Department Muddy River Fenway/Kenmore In Design 610,000 89,305,642
Parks and Recreation Department Noyes Park East Boston In Design 2,110,000 4,770,000
Parks and Recreation Department Odom Serenity Garden Dorchester In Design 0 550,000
Parks and Recreation Department Olmsted Park Landscape Restoration Jamaica Plain In Design 16,660 679,000
Parks and Recreation Department Orton Field South Boston New Project 50,000 510,000
Parks and Recreation Department Parcel Priority Plan Citywide To Be Scheduled 45,000 90,000
Parks and Recreation Department Park Planning Studies Citywide Annual Program 50,000 332,383
Parks and Recreation Department Parkman Playground Roslindale In Design 750,000 1,740,000
Parks and Recreation Department Paul Revere Mall North End In Design 500,000 2,931,476
Parks and Recreation Department Peter's Park South End In Design 0 370,000
Parks and Recreation Department Public Garden Lagoon Beacon Hill In Design 100,000 1,085,428
Parks and Recreation Department Ramsay Park South End In Construction 1,500,000 2,395,500
Parks and Recreation Department Reservation Road Park Hyde Park In Design 1,200,000 4,630,000
Parks and Recreation Department Ringer Park Master Plan Allston/Brighton New Project 0 75,000
Parks and Recreation Department Robert G. Shaw/Fifty-Fourth Regiment Memorial Beacon Hill New Project 500,000 3,000,000
Parks and Recreation Department Ross Playground Hyde Park In Construction 24,600 1,220,000
Parks and Recreation Department Sherrin Woods Urban Wild Hyde Park In Construction 500,000 600,000
Parks and Recreation Department Smith Playground Allston/Brighton In Construction 2,200,000 6,285,000
Parks and Recreation Department Smith Playground Phase 2 Allston/Brighton New Project 100,000 2,480,000
Parks and Recreation Department South End Library Park South End In Design 0 225,000
Parks and Recreation Department Stonehill Playground Hyde Park New Project 60,000 500,000
Parks and Recreation Department Street Tree Planting Citywide Annual Program 700,000 8,397,943
Parks and Recreation Department Thetford Evans Playground Dorchester New Project 60,000 500,000
Parks and Recreation Department Titus Sparrow Park South End To Be Scheduled 0 1,980,000
Parks and Recreation Department Urban Wilds Renovations Citywide Annual Program 352,000 3,562,589
Parks and Recreation Department Walker Playground Mattapan New Project 60,000 600,000
Parks and Recreation Department William Devine Clubhouse Roof Replacement Roxbury To Be Scheduled 1,529,362 1,679,362
Parks and Recreation Department William Devine Golf Course Roxbury Annual Program 200,000 2,960,065
Property Management Department East Eagle Street Shoreline East Boston To Be Scheduled 0 270,000
Public Works Department Neighborhood Commons Various neighborhoods In Construction 250,000 1,460,000
Transportation Department Green Links Various Neighborhoods New Project 100,000 400,000
Category total 34,892,592 232,371,233