North End Book Launch Event Wed., July 22nd at Old North Church

Alex Goldfeld will launch his new book about the North End this week at the Old North Church on Wednesday, July 22 at 6:30...

NEMPAC Film & Music Festival Accepting Submissions

NEMPAC is currently accepting submissions and recruiting volunteers for the NEMPAC Film and Music Festival on Oct. 22, 2009 at the Hard Rock Cafe....

Armenian Park Delay by BRA Discussed at NEWRA Meeting

A scheduled presentation on the Armenian Heritage Park by Architect Don Tallelian did not happen at this week’s NEWRA meeting because the Boston Redevelopment...

Prado Concerts New This Year During St. Joseph’s Feast

ST. JOSEPH SOCIETY SALUTES MEN AND WOMEN OF THE ARMED FORCES The St. Joseph Society will salute the men and women of the U.S. Armed...

Tall Ships Mania – Cool Videos

From the last Tall Ships in 2000. Note Bay State Lobster before the Fairmont Battery Wharf was built.Well, I didn't think it would happen,...

Greenway Programming Schedule

I've been pretty outspoken regarding the potential for large-scale events on the Greenway and why the draft guidelines need to have some protection against...

Maritime Museum Opens At Fairmont Battery Wharf

The Fairmont Battery Wharf formally opened the Maritime Museum this week with an outdoor celebration, including podium speeches by the Mayor and other dignitaries....

My Comment Letter Opposing Large, Sponsored Greenway Events

Our new Greenway parks are at risk of being "rented-out". As discussed in a previous post, the Greenway Leadership Council (GLC) is reviewing draft guidelines for the Greenway's Public Programming, Special Events and General Use. Approving these "rules & regulations" is one of the most important functions of the GLC as assigned per State legislation. Chapter 306 of the Acts of 2008 created the GLC as a governing body over the private, non-profit Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy. A list of current GLC members can be accessed here.

Are large, sponsored events the future of the Greenway Parks?My comment letter strongly opposes the "renting out" of the Greenway parks for large, semi-private events that could destroy the parks and the hurt the character of the North End/Waterfront neighborhood. Turning the Greenway into an outdoor convention center goes against the desired public use nature of these long-awaited parks. Click here for a PDF version of my comments.

The GLC is accepting public comments through July 15, 2009 before considering the final version of the guidelines at their next private meeting. I hope you will take a minute and submit your own comments via email to: comments@rosekennedygreenway.org.

It is a good idea to cc/copy your comments to public officials. Their emails can be found on our Resources/Links page.

Anyone is welcome to copy/paste parts of my letter at the link below.

Greenway Events Create Controversy at Leadership Council Meeting

At issue during the last Greenway Leadership Council (GLC) meeting was how the Greenway Conservancy will handle events, from small-scale community/school activities to large...

Tall Ships Reaches Agreement With City

The organizers of Sail Boston and the City/State have come to an agreement that will allow the Tall Ships to sail and dock in...

Dan Nuzzo Receives Award From FOCCP

The Friends of Christopher Columbus Park recently honored Dan Nuzzo with an award for his untiring efforts over the years, as President of FOCCP....

Harbor Islands Pavilion On Greenway

A pavilion selling tickets and showcasing information on the Harbor Islands is being proposed for Greenway Parcel 14. Tom Powers of the Boston Harbor...

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