Franklin Park Soared at Saturday’s Kite and Bike Festival

A scene from the 2015 Franklin Park Kite and Bike Festival.

A scene from the 2015 Franklin Park Kite and Bike Festival. Credit: Richard Heath

An institution in Franklin Park since 1968 and threatened with extinction not long ago after being evicted form its ancestral home on the golf course, The Franklin Park Kite Festival is making a comeback. The Franklin Park Coalition, collaborating with ArtRox and Bike Boston are making it a Kites and Bikes Day.

Hundreds thronged the seven-acre Playstead on Saturday to fly kites, ride bikes, eat food or just chill on a fine spring day. One major improvement was the new sidewalk along Seaver Street for families and strollers and bikes to walk over from Elm Hill or Humboldt avenues and in the park from the Egleston Square entrance at Walnut Avenue.

(Note there were ten times more people on the Playstead than the golf course.)

If you were there you may recognize some friends in this gallery, if not here’s preview for NEXT spring.

A scene from the 2015 Franklin Park Kite and Bike Festival.

Richard Heath

A scene from the 2015 Franklin Park Kite and Bike Festival.

Park Commissioner Chris Cook and his two daughters.

Richard Heath

Park Commissioner Chris Cook and his two daughters.

A scene from the 2015 Franklin Park Kite and Bike Festival.

Richard Heath

A scene from the 2015 Franklin Park Kite and Bike Festival.

A scene from the 2015 Franklin Park Kite and Bike Festival.

Richard Heath

A scene from the 2015 Franklin Park Kite and Bike Festival.

Selling and assembling kites.

Richard Heath

Selling and assembling kites.

A scene from the 2015 Franklin Park Kite and Bike Festival.

Ricard Heath

A scene from the 2015 Franklin Park Kite and Bike Festival.

A scene from the 2015 Franklin Park Kite and Bike Festival.

Richard Heath

A scene from the 2015 Franklin Park Kite and Bike Festival.

The Playstead from the Overlook Terrace.

Richard Heath

The Playstead from the Overlook Terrace.

A scene from the 2015 Franklin Park Kite and Bike Festival.

Richard Heath

A scene from the 2015 Franklin Park Kite and Bike Festival.

A scene from the 2015 Franklin Park Kite and Bike Festival.

Richard Heath

A scene from the 2015 Franklin Park Kite and Bike Festival.

A scene from the 2015 Franklin Park Kite and Bike Festival.

Richard Heath

A scene from the 2015 Franklin Park Kite and Bike Festival.

A scene from the 2015 Franklin Park Kite and Bike Festival.

Richard Heath

A scene from the 2015 Franklin Park Kite and Bike Festival.

A scene from the 2015 Franklin Park Kite and Bike Festival.

Richard Heath

A scene from the 2015 Franklin Park Kite and Bike Festival.

  • Thanks for posting these pictures. I loved seeing the shark kite on Saturday.

    I’m sorry I didn’t get a chance to introduce myself to you when you were at the ArtROX!/FPC table. I didn’t realize it was you I was trying to hear over all the noise. I look forward to resolveing my oversight.