Community

Friends of Christopher Columbus Park Receive Golden Trowel Award

The Golden Trowel Award was presented to Friends of Christopher Columbus Park (FOCCP)’s Horticultural Committee Co-Chairs Robyn Reed and Terese O’Connell for the Garden of Hope on Wednesday, August 5, 2020. Parks Commissioner Ryan Woods presented the award, noting that the garden earned first place for its beauty and design and FOCCP’s mission to cut Read More…

Community

Garden of Hope Wins First Place in Mayor’s Garden Contest

The idea for the Garden of Hope at Christopher Columbus Park was born out of disappointment when, early last spring, dozens of hybrid roses in the classic rose garden failed to make it through the winter season. The Friends of Christopher Columbus Park Horticulture Chairs, Robyn Reed and Terese O’Connell, teamed up to create the Garden of Hope. Read More…

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…

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…

Photos & Videos

Hats Galore! Friends of Christopher Columbus Park Virtual Derby Party

The postponement of the Kentucky Derby did not stop some Friends of Christopher Columbus Park (FOCCP) from celebrating with a Zoom Derby Party. In the spirit of Derby Day, these fashionistas wore a variety of hats. There were bucket hats, fascinators, a French beret, and many bedecked, broad brimmed hats. A fun time was had 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…