News Briefs 4/22/22

Registration open for Boston Parks Summer Sports Centers

     The Boston Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to announce that registration is now open for Summer Sports Centers at White Stadium in Franklin Park, Almont Park in Mattapan, East Boston Memorial Stadium in East Boston, Garvey Playground in Dorchester, and Medal of Honor Park in South Boston. For more information or to register online please visit boston.gov/sports.

     The Sports Centers offer free summer camp alternatives to Boston youth who might otherwise have no opportunity to attend such programming. Each location offers instruction in several popular sports from July 5 through August 19. All Summer Sports Centers are offered free of charge to Boston residents and open to children ages 7 to 14. Parents may register their children for just one week or the entire summer. 

2022 Sports Center locations:

     • Roxbury/Jamaica Plain Sports Center

     • White Stadium

450 Walnut Ave

     • Franklin Park

     Please note that lunch will be provided but participants must provide their own transportation. Pre-registration is required for both groups and individuals.

City’s Open Space Plan survey now online

     How well is Boston’s park system working for you? What improvements do we need to make over the next seven years? 

     To make sure the City of Boston’s park system reflects the needs of all residents, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department has released an online survey questionnaire as part of its update to Boston’s Open Space and Recreation Plan. The survey is available in eleven languages at boston.gov/open-space.  The survey link will be available until the end of May, 2022.

Mayor Michelle Wu understands the importance of residents’ feedback when evaluating  open space, the built environment, and balanced development. The public’s responses to this five-minute survey will help the City of Boston improve the way parks are programmed, permitted, maintained, and designed. Park users and open space advocates are encouraged to share the survey with friends and neighbors to help gather input from residents throughout the city.

The Open Space and Recreation Plan considers all public open space regardless of ownership, including natural areas, urban wilds, community gardens, cemeteries, greenways, trails, parkways, and harbor islands, as well as the traditional parks, playgrounds, and squares. It examines service delivery, park access, distribution of facilities, and demographics to understand whether the open space system is serving people equitably. 

Survey input will help us understand where we need to invest our resources in the years to come. Additional information about the Open Space and Recreation Plan update can be found at boston.gov/open-space. Comments or questions can be directed to: [email protected]

JPHS HOSTS Series Confronting Racial Injustice

     We are very happy to co-sponsor the Confronting Racial Injustice series again this year. Developed by the Northeastern University School of Law Criminal Justice Task Force, it is a free series hosted by the Massachusetts Historical Society. This year the focus is on Asian-Americans and the first event Confronting Economic Injustice: The Story of Parcel C is on Thursday, April 28, 6:00 p.m. The second event is on Thursday, May 26, 6:00 p.m. and is entitled Confronting Racial Injustice: Rising Asian American Political Power. The panel will feature Boston Mayor, Michelle Wu. These are online events, free but registration is required.

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