Mayor Creates Office of Olympic Planning, Says Boston 2024 Will Pay For It

Sara Myerson

City of Boston

Sara Myerson

Mayor Marty Walsh has created an Office of Olympic Planning headed up by newly appointed executive director Sara Myerson, according to a press release. Previously, Myerson served as chief of staff and director of policy for Boston-based Preservation of Affordable Housing.

The committee will be focused on developing Boston’s plan for hosting the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. For Franklin Park and other potential venues the office will look at economic analysis, mitigation analysis, public health and safety studies, and transportation planning. For now, Boston 2024 has proposed that Franklin Park would be a suitable venue for the modern pentathlon as well as equestrian events.

In the release, Boston 2024 CEO Rich Davey says that he believes the creation of the Office of Olympic Planning is an important step for aligning with the City of Boston’s planning goals.

“Our partnership with the city and our collaborative planning with Sara strengthens our Bid and reflects the truly transformative experience we can deliver for Boston and for the Olympic movement,” he said.

The release also relayed that “costs associated with the Office of Olympic Planning will be reimbursed to the City of Boston by Boston 2024.” WGBH reporter Anne Mostue has tweeted that Meyerson’s salary will be $115,000.