Untangle those kites and pump up your bicycle tires because the Franklin Park Kite & Bike Festival is on May 18. The annual tradition gathers hundreds of people for kite flying, bicycling, picnicking, music, food trucks and more. There will also be bicycle advocates and local nonprofits. "It’s a great community event! It’s a place where many neighbors come together and enjoy being in the park and enjoy spring.
The Landscape Design Council (LDC) of Massachusetts has recognized Jamaica Plain's Christine Poff, the director of Boston's Community Preservation Committee, as a 2018 awardee for excellence in the field of landscape design. Poff is the 2018 recipient of the Landscape Design Council Award for Excellence, given in recognition of outstanding civic accomplishment. “Throughout her career, Christine has worked in many ways to make life better for citizens,” said LDC chairman George Papavasiliou, via press release. “We particularly applaud her efforts on behalf of Boston’s Franklin Park and the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, which stand out as supportive of the Landscape Design Council’s mission.”
As political director of the National Association of Social Workers, Poff advocated for economic and social justice bills at the Massachusetts State House, but she is likely better known for her 14 years’ service as executive director of the Franklin Park Coalition, a nonprofit organization that gives a community voice to Boston’s Franklin Park. She worked to bring back such beloved park institutions as the Elma Lewis Playhouse, the FPC Youth Crew, and the annual Kite and Bike Festival.
You'll want to avoid a bunch of roads on Sunday due to the Boston Athletic Association Half Marathon making its way through the Emerald Necklace park system. An estimated 9,000 runners will start the 13.1-mile course at 8 am from White Stadium in Franklin Park, where the race ends, too. Roads along the route will be closed from 7:30 am to approximately 11 am. The race starts on Pierpont Road. The course heads out from Franklin Park, along New Washington Street and Forest Hills Drive, past the Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Pond and the Arborway/Jamaicaway.
Boston is recommending that Community Preservation Act funds be used for 35 projects across the city, including for affordable housing in Jamaica Plain. "The Community Preservation Act is a new tool that will help take our work on affordable housing, historic preservation and open space to the next level," said Mayor Marty Walsh via press release. "I am proud to recommend these important projects for funding approval, which represent a wide range of needs and will build strong neighborhoods throughout our city." The city previously called for applications for projects that require less than $500,00 to begin construction by this fall. The recommended projects were broken into several categories: historic preservation, affordable housing, recreational use and open space, and blended historic preservation/recreational use and open space.
This Saturday students and staff members from four Jamaica Plain schools, and anyone else wanting to participate, are running in the 9th Annual Playworks Run for Recess 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run. Taking place on Franklin Park's cross country course adjacent to the zoo, funds raised will go to support play and physical activity in 140 elementary schools across New England. The annual Playworks Run for Recess 5K are presented by Playworks New England in partnership with the New Balance Foundation. The following schools from Jamaica Plain will be represented: Boston Teachers Union Pilot School, Joseph P. Manning Elementary School, Match Community Day School and Mary E. Curley K-8 School. Local team members will join an expected 1,000 participants, including students and families representing 49 elementary schools in the Greater Boston area, who will run with the collective goal of raising $15,000 for Playworks New England. In its 12th year, the nonprofit, which is part of a national organization, brings play and youth development programming into schools during recess as a means to improve the health and well-being of children and to enhance learning through the power of play.