At this week’s meeting of the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, North End resident and artist Nathan Swain announced the formation of a new parks group within the Greenway called “Friends of the North End Parks.” The organization is targeting Greenway Parcels 8 & 10 with a mission “To beautify and care for the North End parks within the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway.” The Friends explain this vision as “moving from highway plantings to world-class gardens.” Swain also told NorthEndWaterfront.com, “We just want to make the parks more beautiful and have some shade from the sun.”
Nate Swain is President of FOTNEP. Other inaugural officers include Vice-President Michele Brogan, Treasurer Diane Mustone Hauser and Secretary David Kubiak.
The new Friends group intends to collaborate with the Greenway Conservancy to “transform the parks.” At the meeting, Conservancy Executive Director Nancy Brennan said that she has already met with the group and looks forward to working further with them at their next meeting. In a letter distributed to meeting attendees, the group said they have also met with Mayor Menino and top horticulturists, including Adrian Bloom. Read the full letter (pdf).
FOTNEP is building its membership by distributing membership brochures. The mailing address and contact is David Kubiak, Secretary, Friends of The North End Parks, P.O. Box 130048, Boston, MA 02113.
The FOTNEP membership brochure is shown below and available here as a pdf.