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We are moving forward with our goal to improve the Park!

On Wednesday, September 13th, the Charlesgate Alliance and Emerald Necklace Conservancy were happy to announce that we have chosen Landing Studio to be the architectural firm for the Charlesgate Park Improvement Outreach Process and Concept Design. Marie Law Adams and Dan Adams, principals of the firm, were at our Walk Around DCR Charlesgate Park on Saturday, September 16th. They led our Talk About DCR Charlesgate Park on Tuesday, October 10th and will also lead our upcoming Talk About DCR Charlesgate Park—Meeting Two on Monday, December 4th.

Going ahead with the project at this time would not have been possible without the help of neighbors and the Solomon Foundation.

Landing Studio did the Underground at Ink Block park, which opened on September 9th. Press for that event included these:

Boston Herald

Boston Globe


Along with the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay and the Garden Club of the Back Bay, the Charlesgate Alliance successfully secured support from the Boston Parks and Recreation Department to plant 24 new trees adjacent to Charlesgate Park (between 405 and 459 Marlborough Street). The trees will be planted in Spring 2018. They will need some tender loving care, so please let us know if you are interested in helping water them. It is a once a week commitment.


On Tuesday, May 16, the Charlesgate Alliance submitted an application for funding from the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) Fenway Park Demonstration Project. Unfortunately, we were unsuccessful this time around (the meeting BPDA board meeting notes are here). Congratulations to Artists For Humanity, Interseminarian-Project Place and the Fenway Civic Association for their awards!

We plan to submit a new application during the next funding cycle and hope the BPDA will continue to support our endeavor to beautify and improve the DCR Charlesgate Park. Thanks to our local legislators and to the DCR who supported our application and if you know about other funding opportunities, please do not hesitate to let us know!

For more on the BPDA, check out their website and for the detailed application please click here – Charlesgate Alliance BPDA Application

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