The Friends of Christopher Columbus Park (FOCCP) met this week at the Mariner’s House to plan a busy Fall season at the park.
Horticulture Chair Mary Ann said the horticulture volunteers have had a wonderful summer season, meeting twice a week to care for the rose garden, wisteria and crescent landscaping. The roses made it through the year with no black spot. The committee will soon prepare the bushes for the winter.
Trish updated the group on the planning for the Columbus Day Celebration on Monday, October 11th from 10:45 am to 3:00 pm. The day will start with a short parade through the park and a wreath laying ceremony at the statue featuring Mayor Menino, Italian Acting Consul General Luigi Munno and other dignitaries. Events during the day will be family-oriented with children’s activities and performances.
Infrastructure Chair Cole reviewed priority items for the park, including painting of all the black gates, fences, lamp posts and bollards. A meeting has been scheduled with the Parks Department to discuss this and other issues. The committee would also like to replace the oil-drum trash cans with nicer barrels and perhaps a few “big belly” solar powered receptacles.
Cards for the “Park Line” were handed out. The number is 617-635-PARK (7275) and can be used by residents to report maintenance issues to the Parks Department.
Treasurer Virginia reported that funds from gala ticket sales have started coming in. Planning for the gala is being planned by Fundraising Chair Anne Devlin Tagliaferro. The gala date is Friday, November 17, 7:00 pm at the Marriott Long Wharf Hotel. In addition to a silent auction, there will be dinner and dancing. Auction donations are now being solicited. Tickets can be purchased online. More information is available at http://foccp.org/Gala.html.
Membership Chair Beverly reported there were currently 153 paid members. Having the FOCCP table at events during the summer brought in quite a few new members.
Website & Internet Communications Chair Audrey said the reception to the newsletter email has been improving. Meeting minutes are now also being posted on www.FOCCP.org.
Meredith showed photos of the new bulletin board that she stained in a black color. A plaque has also been ordered.
The Friends of Christopher Columbus Park meet at 6:30 pm on the second Tuesday of the month at the Mariner’s House, 11 North Square. New members are welcome to join! More information at www.FOCCP.org.