Urban wild wins grant

John Ruch

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HYDE SQ.—The Nira Rock Urban Wild won a $2,500 grant and a major volunteer commitment last week from the Timberland Company.

Friends of Nira Rock won the competitive grant, which the boot and outdoor gear company offered to mark the opening of a new Back Bay store.

The Friends group is “immensely grateful” for the donation, said its head, Will Crosby. The money, and a visit this summer by 50-100 Timberland volunteer workers, will help an effort to improve the park that has been ongoing since 2004, he said.

“Though often overlooked, the small green spaces of Boston are badly in need of resources,” Crosby said. “I hope other organizations will be as forward-looking as Timberland and step up with their support.”

“We were struck by this beautiful hidden gem of a park in Jamaica Plain,” said a Timberland blog announcing the grant at Blog.Timberland.com.

Nira Rock, at the end of Nira Avenue, is owned by the city, but is not funded or tended like a park. The Friends group maintains it and runs programs there. For more information, see www.nirarock.org.

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