Friends of the Public Garden Celebrate 40th Anniversary of Preserving and Protecting the Boston Common, Public Garden and Commonwealth Avenue Mall

Milestone in Organization's History To Include Events and Three Legacy Projects

Jan 27, 2010, 10:20 ET from Friends of the Public Garden

BOSTON, Jan. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- 2010 is the 40th Anniversary of the Friends of the Public Garden, a non-profit citizen's advocacy group formed in 1970 to preserve and enhance the Boston Public Garden, Boston Common and Commonwealth Avenue Mall in collaboration with the Mayor and the Parks Department of the City of Boston.  A model public-private partnership and one of the first in the region, the Friends number over 2500 members and many volunteers. The goals for this special year are to raise awareness about the Friends and its role as a vital partner with the city; to highlight the importance of these three civic treasures; and to increase diverse audiences to advocate for the parks.  The mission of the organization is to ensure that these magnificent urban parks are preserved and protected for future generations.

According to Henry Lee, chairman of the Friends for these 40 years, "Park care ebbs and flows. With the economy as it is today and the drastic cuts endured by the Parks Department, we have entered another ebbing time for parks and non-profits alike.  But all is not dark.  The expertise in the Parks Department has never been better, and a little celebration at this time may do us all good."

The Friends will achieve its anniversary goals through a series of events for children and their parents, the corporate community, visitors, neighbors, abutters and all those who care about preserving these historic spaces.  The Friends are launching three legacy projects so when the year is over, the momentum to preserve these parks will not end.  These projects include: renovation of the Brewer Fountain Plaza at the major gateway into the Common by Park Street Station, the creation of a monument care program and the completion of a computer-based inventory of every tree in the Common, Public Garden and Commonwealth Avenue Mall.

Non-profit and for profit organizations are supporting this initiative, including Cambridge Trust, Boston College Citizen Seminars, the Ritz Carlton Hotel, The Taj Hotel, the Freedom Trail Foundation plus many civic associations.  The Parents Paper will be a print media sponsor for the children's events.

SOURCE Friends of the Public Garden