The Curtis Hall Pool will be one of four indoor city pools reopening to the public starting Sept. 2. "As we head towards the end of summer, I am pleased we are able to open up indoor swimming options for our residents," said Mayor Marty Walsh. "[Boston Centers for Youth and Family] has spent a lot of time making sure that safety protocols are in place so that we can open these additional recreational facilities within the current COVID-19 guidelines. I encourage residents to take advantage of these options and continue to take all the precautions: wearing face coverings when out, keeping your distance from others, and washing your hands."
The Boston's Zoning Board of Appeal is accepting applications through August 27. Architects.org posted about the ZBA's search for one architect to serve on the seven member board. "In the spirit of the recent home rule petition from Boston's City Council..." one architect will serve on the board and one architect will be chosen as an alternate member of the ZBA. The home rule petition, which the mayor signed, but needs to approved by the state legislature and the governor would add two more seats to the board, create term limits and require the board to submit quarterly reports.
As you might expect, the pandemic has led to a large increase in Boston Public Library e-card signups, and the Black Lives Matter protests led to a huge increase of requests for the most popular anti-racism titles. "During the [Black Lives Matter] protests in June, we saw over a 500% increase in checkouts and holds on the most popular anti-racism titles including White Fragility, So You Want to Talk about Race, Between the World and Me, The New Jim Crow, and more," said Natasha Fee, Senior Public Relations Associate for the Boston Public Library. In the two weeks following the first June protests more than 1,200 BPL patrons requested ebooks of White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo, and How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. And hey, Kendi recently stopped by Jamaica Plain's bookstore Papercuts J.P. when he happened to be walking by the South Street store. "We’ve continued to see a steady interest in these items and have been purchasing additional copies of in demand titles (for kids and adults) to meet the demand," said Fee.
The city's continuing its 18-month planning process to create a master plan for Franklin Park, and would like your help during upcoming online public meetings. The city has earmarked $28 million to update Franklin Park, and is creating a master plan. The plan is looking at a long list of elements to Franklin Park, including accessibility, arboriculture, ecology, equity, implementation strategy, inclusion, master plan document, soil science, urban planning, wayfinding, and more. There will be two online workshops on July 14, 12 pm and 6:30 pm. The Franklin Park Coalition also released a mini-poll seeking people's opinions on the poll.
We've all noticed that there has been an increase in renegade fireworks being shot off across the city this month. There have been so many complaints to the city that Mayor Walsh created a task force to tackle the issue of illegal fireworks. "Fireworks are a serious issue not only in the city of Boston, but all across the country. People lose sleep, babies get woken up, some people with PTSD experience real harms, pets are terrified and they're fire hazards," said Mayor Walsh. Fireworks calls to the Boston Police Department were up by 5,543% in June 2020 compared to the previous June, according to a city press release.