Jamaica Plain Skatepark Closed Into September for Rehabilitation

The Jamaica Plain Skatepark on the Southwest Corridor is closed into September as the state rehabilitates the old street hockey rink into a new skate park. Before being closed, the skate park had makeshift skate ramps that were created by the community through the years. The project includes the installation of new ramps for visitor use. The skatepark is between Oakdale Street and Amory Street, and is being remade by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). The adjacent pedestrian pathway is also closed.

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Jamaica Plain’s Connections to the History of Baseball

The beginnings of baseball in Boston and its first connection to Jamaica Plain are found with Harry Wright and his brother George. Harry was born in England. George, 13 years his junior, was born in New York City. Their father, Samuel, was a professional cricket player in New York and both boys started with that sport before switching to baseball. Harry played and managed the Cincinnati Red Stockings, the first professional baseball team, to a run of 76 consecutive victories during the 1869 and 1870 seasons.

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Check Out Franklin Park Action Plan, Fill Out Survey Thru April 2

The Boston Parks & Recreation Department would like to hear residents' opinions about the preliminary designs to give Boston's largest park a major facelift by filling  out the Franklin Park Action Plan survey by April 2. The designs were recently presented to the public during two online virtual sessions. The plan was created after three community workshops. Feedback will help project planners refine the plan. The survey is available on the project website FranklinParkActionPlan.com.

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South Street Mall Getting Makeover with Pickleball Courts, Water Fountain & More

The South Street Mall is in the midst of a facelift that includes new basketball hoops , LED lighting, and the installation of a drinking fountain. The courts are being resurfaced and repainted to include a total of six pickleball courts as seen in the graphic below. The two tennis nets and two basketball hoops will remain at the mall, said Liz Sullivan, Director of External Affairs and Marketing for the Boston Parks and Recreation Department. The lights are being upgraded to LED, and a drinking fountain that includes a bottle filling option has already been installed. Sullivan said the courts should be completed early April, and then the city will come back early May when the weather allows for the court painting.

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Franklin Park Coalition Turkey Trot Can Be Done on Your Own Schedule

This year's Franklin Park Coalition Turkey Trot is going to be different this year because you know... This year's trot will be done at participants' pace, anything from Halloween through November 30. First off, register on the Coalition's website for $10 (but you can donate more) by clicking here (scroll to the bottom of the page).  website for $10, then run the Turkey Trot at your own pace and on your own schedule from October 31st through November 30th. All entrants will be eligible for raffle prizes. You can also win additional prizes by sharing your photos of your costume or of an interesting routes (can you form a turkey??) within the park on social media by using #FPTurkeytrot (tag @FranklinParkBos on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook)) or by email (turkeytrot@franklinparkcoalition.org).

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