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Parks as Platform

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For Olmsted Now, the Emerald Necklace Conservancy expands its annual free event series Summer on the Emerald Necklace into a shared resource for cross-neighborhood collaboration and community-generated public events from April through October 2022.

Each month the Conservancy will collaborate with a site partner to anchor programming with extra support: securing permits, coordinating volunteers and providing amenities like signage, presentation/performance/convening space, portable utilities and restrooms, food trucks and more. The goal is to increase park access, amplify partner capacity to welcome expanded audiences and maximize impacts of diverse public offerings using the parks as platform.


Mark your calendars! [Rain dates are the Sunday following the Saturday events.] Check for details, calls for proposals and volunteer opportunities for each event! Interested in getting involved? Contact Jen Mergel:

1. Saturday April 23, 12:30-3pm: Olmsted Park
Presented with Brookline Parks and Open Space
Following the morning’s Muddy River Clean Up (part of the Annual Earth Day Charles River Clean up and the State’s Park Serve Day), enjoy free music, tours and learning opportunities about sustainability and volunteerism in the parks.

2. Sunday May 8, 10am-3pm: Arnold Arboretum
Presented with Harvard’s Arboretum Team
Celebrate the history of the Arboretum’s 150 years—and the return of Lilac Sunday for the first time since 2019!—with a renowned collection of 408 lilacs, expert-led tours, hands-on children’s programming and more. 

3. Saturday June 11, 12-8pm: Franklin Park
Presented with Boston Arts & Music Soul Fest 
BAMS Fest triumphantly returns to Franklin Park’s Playstead for the first time since Covid-19. Experience the city’s fastest growing cultural event, founded to center and amplify Black artistry with multiple stages and artistic mediums that reflect the true diversity of Greater Boston

4. Saturday July 9: Back Bay Fens
Presented with Fenway Porchfest 

5. Saturday August 20: Jamaica Pond
Presented with JP Porchfest/ Dunamis Boston 

6. Saturday September 24: Parkwide Picnic!
Presented across the Necklace parks 

7. Saturday October 1: Charlesgate Park
Presented with Charlesgate Alliance 

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