Video: Friends of Christopher Columbus Park (FOCCP) President, Joanne Hayes-Rines, presents to the North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) on January 10, 2013 to give the neighborhood an update on FOCCP and the proposed Crossroads Circle Project.
The Friends of Christopher Columbus Park recently shared the news they have been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Blossom Fund of the Boston Committee of the Garden Club of America. The grant will seed fund an ambitious project to redesign, irrigate and enlarge the currently non-irrigated Crossroads Circle that lies at the north entrance of the Marriott Long Wharf on the walkway from the Greenway to the harbor.
FOCCP President, Joanne Hayes-Rines, led the grant process with other volunteers, supported by letters from several neighborhood groups (NEWRA, Wharf District Council and NEMPAC), local businesses and NorthEndWaterfront.com. The effort has the preliminary go-ahead by the Boston Parks Department that owns the public park. The group is working with Commissioner Toni Pollak and Boston’s Chief Landscape Architect Liza Meyer.
There is still much work to do in terms of design and fundraising for the $80,000 project. FOCCP is hopeful that a $25,000 grant from Beautify Boston will come through soon. The group itself will contribute a similar amount and look for contributions from neighbors and businesses for the balance.