Show Me The Green: How The MAPC, YouthBuild Boston, And Vertex Are Getting Bostonians Outdoors
Wanna play cricket in Arlington?
There’s a park for that.
Or maybe an outdoor game of chess is more your style? Well, Boston’s got parks for that, too.
In fact, according to a new website launched by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), there’s a Boston park able to accommodate just about any outdoor interest you may have. Now, on Bostongreenmap.org, you can choose a city neighborhood and an activity from a selection of over 300, and watch as the site generates a list of parks, along with their locations, according to your search parameters. Or, if you want, you can search a park by name, should you know the name of your destination but not its location, and get information about its history, where it is, and the activities you can do there. The site is part of an initiative that aims to get residents outdoors and familiarize them with green spaces in the city.
To spread the word about this new program, YouthBuild Boston students and staff, along with the MAPC and Volunteers from Vertex Pharmaceuticals, are building a “parklet” (mini park: a small, grassy extension of a sidewalk, usually the size of a few parking spaces - see photo) to be displayed at an outdoor street festival called “Circle The City”. The event, organized by the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, will bring together residents from all over Boston for a night of “exciting, free, fun activities & entertainment for the whole family on safe, car-free streets”. On September 29th, Blue Hill Ave. will be closed off to traffic from Dudley Street to Warren Street from 1pm to 5pm for the celebration. Stop by to have a look at YouthBuild Boston’s work with Vertex and the MAPC.
More about YouthBuild Boston
More info on "Circle The City"
Try out Bostongreenmap.org
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