Youth Enrichment Services Ski Shop, 9 Condos Proposed on Amory Street

You don't hear about a lot of proposed developments that include a ski rental shop for a sports based youth program in Jamaica Plain. But that's one part of an Amory Street proposal being discussed at a public meeting on June 24. The proposal includes two buildings at 265-267 Amory Street. One would be three stories commercial building that would include a state-of-the-art ski rental shop with an outdoor activity storage to serve Youth Enrichment Services (YES). YES' mission is to provide impactful "outdoor experiences and leadership opportunities that build confidence and prepare them to summit life's challenges," according to its website.

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Petition to Repair Murphy Field Gains Steam

A petition was recently created asking the city to improve the Murphy Field, and last week residents testified at city hearings, urging money be allocated to fix up the well-used site. As of June 6, more than 700 people had signed the online petition created by Jamaica Plain Youth Soccer (JPYS) board president Alf Gracombe. "The playing surface, surrounding fences and backstops, lighting systems, and concrete bleachers are in clear need of an upgrade. Ever-growing youth sports programs like Jamaica Plain Youth Soccer (JPYS) and the Jamaica Plain Regan Youth League (baseball) rely on spaces such as Murphy to run their programs that provide athletic opportunities for the children of JP, Roxbury, Roslindale, Mattapan, Hyde Park, and Dorchester. The crisis is already upon us.

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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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