Fiscal Year 2019 Budget

Beginning July 1, 2018 and ending June 30, 2019

Last updated: 7/1/18

Implementing Imagine Boston 2030's open space goals

Mayor Walsh is prioritizing activating and re-envisioning Boston’s parks and is taking concrete steps to implement Imagine Boston 2030’s open space goals.

Franklin Park

At Franklin Park, long considered the crown jewel of Frederick Law Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace park system, work is already taking place. Last year, the Mayor committed to transformational funding for Franklin Park through the sale of the city owned Winthrop Square Garage. This $28 million investment to fully renovate Boston’s largest park, will begin planning in FY19.

Boston Common

Mayor Walsh has also committed $28 million from the Winthrop Square garage sale to augment the current historic levels of investment in Boston Common and fully renovate America’s First Park. The Parks department along with other stakeholders will begin planning efforts in FY19 with a budget of $500,000 to ensure future generations will enjoy the park in its full vibrancy.

Ensuring Accessible and Equitable Parks

In FY17, Mayor Walsh announced Parks First, a comprehensive initiative ensuring that Boston’s open spaces are among the most accessible and equitable in the nation. In FY19, Boston will continue its commitment to achieving these goals through investments in excellence in design and management.

To date, the Walsh Administration has increased the Parks Department’s operating funding by $5.7 million or 32% and in FY19 will dedicate $17.7 million to new capital projects in Boston’s parks.