Fireworks at NEWNC Meeting Over Barber Shop Zoning Variance

Everything was going smoothly last night at the Fairmont Battery Wharf during the July NEWNC (North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council) meeting, until the last agenda...

NEWNC Agenda for Monday, July 13th Meeting

The North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) is having their monthly meeting on Monday, July 13th at 7:00pm. The location was incorrect in the Regional...

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...

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...

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.

Upcoming Neighborhood Meetings

A few reminders for upcoming neighborhood meetings in the next week: Thursday for NEWRA, Monday for NEWNC and Tuesday for FOCCP. See the Calendar for...

B&T: Menino Halts Development Decisions Until After November Election

All the proposals, meetings and comment letters for new development may be for naught, at least until after November. According to a Banker &...

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...

North End Spray Pool Receives Renovation

As many of the kids know already, the spray pool in front of the Mirabella Pool was recently renovated with new padding and painting....

BRA’s Greenway Study – Where’s it Going?

With four of the six public meetings for the Greenway District Planning Study (GDPS) now completed, should we start getting worried where this is...

Greenway Shuttle – No. 6 Bus In Disguise?

This is the fifth in a series of articles on the issues discussed at the June 22, 2009 public meeting for the Greenway District...