Community

Come Visit the Trees of Love in Christopher Columbus Park

Come for a walk in Christopher Columbus Park and enjoy a fleetingly fragrant experience of honey, vanilla and citrus as the Park’s five Little Leaf Linden trees come into bloom. These lovely trees with heart-shaped leaves are distinctive with a rich symbolic history stretching back over a thousand years. Villagers in the German and Norse Read More…

Featured Meetings

Wharf District Council June Reports: Police Update, MBTA Ferries Resuming, Aquarium Reopening Plans

The Wharf District Council (WDC) held its June meeting on Tuesday, June 16, via Zoom. A number of notable reports and community updates were included as part of a full agenda. Boston Police – Public Safety Report Captain Fong, who is set to retire Friday, delivered his final active duty police report. One International Place Read More…

Announcements Event Notices

Canceled: Sunday Rally at Christopher Columbus Park to Restore Statue

June 12 Update: The scheduled rally has been canceled. City officials including Mayor Marty Walsh plan to meet with leaders of the Italian American groups who had scheduled the event. Dr. Frank Mazzaglia, Communications Officer for the Italian American Alliance said, “We appreciate Mayor Walsh for his sensitivity to the feelings of Italian Americans across Read More…

Featured Police & Fire

Christopher Columbus Statue Beheaded in Boston’s North End

The head of Christopher Columbus was torn off overnight Tuesday from the statue in the namesake park on the waterfront in Boston’s North End. Officials are investigating but do not have any suspects at this time. With the likelihood of additional vandalism, Mayor Walsh announced at a press conference that the remaining body will be Read More…

Community

Art Installation at Christopher Columbus Park: “Even if you don’t see it, it is there”

Being responsive to our common needs and interconnectedness during these challenging times, the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park’s Art Curator Robyn Reed recently hung a new art installation at the Park entitled, “even if you don’t see it, it is there.“ Drawing inspiration from graffiti artist DAKU, who incorporates shadows in his work, Robyn chose Read More…

Community

Friends of Christopher Columbus Park Adds a Super-Hopscotch

Is it art? Is it a game? It’s both! Robyn Reed, Friends of Christopher Columbus Park Art Curator, and her FOCCP assistant, Meredith Piscitelli, have added another hopscotch grid at Christopher Columbus Park. (The first one is on the path leading from Richmond Street.) Recently, Robyn and Meredith, masked and maintaining social distance, installed the Read More…

Featured Health & Environment

What’s the 311? Homeless Loitering on Hanover St., Turkeys in Christopher Columbus Park, Trash Out Early

Welcome back to our weekly update that highlights some of the cases appearing on 311 in the North End/Waterfront neighborhoods. All 311 cases are public information and can be found at 311.boston.gov. Homeless Loitering on Hanover Street This 311 user says, “Homeless person has set up a homeless hotel behind this pink curtain please come by and disperse Read More…

Photos & Videos

Neighborhood Photo: Always Beautiful Christopher Columbus Park

Dr. Joseph Mendola shares this photo from, as he calls it, the “always beautiful Christopher Columbus Park.” What’s that sign on the tree you ask? The North End Girl Scouts Troop #72158 have been studying trees and created a hug-a-tree-project to support the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park and the trees. Read more here. “Neighborhood Read More…

Health & Environment

Hug-A-Tree Project in Christopher Columbus Park by North End Girl Scouts Juniors Troop

The Friends of Christopher Columbus Tree and Bench Sponsorship Program was recently contacted by the North End Girl Scouts Juniors Troop #72158. They had been studying trees and created this “Hug-A-Tree” project to support the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park on behalf of the trees in the Park. The following letter is from the Troop: By: Nell Read More…

Arts & Culture

Daffodils Arrive at Christopher Columbus Park

Friends of Christopher Columbus Park (FOCCP) members Robyn Reed, Pauline Cuoco, and Terese O’Connell, under the direction of Meredith Piscitelli, have placed nearly 200 pots of daffodils under the trellis and nearby at Christopher Columbus Park. These flowers have come to symbolize hope and resilience in the aftermath of the 2013 Marathon Bombings and have Read More…