CPA $ Recommended for Affordable Housing, Olmsted Park and Franklin Park Bears Frieze

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.

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JP Students, Staff Running in Playworks Run for Recess 5K on May 19th

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.

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Free Concert in Franklin Park with Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops

The Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) and the Boston Pops, in partnership with the City of Boston, present a special free concert in Boston's Franklin Park. Led by BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons, Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart, and BSO Youth and Family Concerts Conductor Thomas Wilkins, the outdoor concert marks the first time the BSO and the Boston Pops have performed on the same stage in a free outdoor public venue. Though the Boston Pops have performed at Franklin Park twice before, this will be the first performance by the BSO in Boston's largest park, and the first time Mr. Nelsons has led the orchestra in an outdoor venue in Boston. The program will include "The Star-Spangled Banner" and selections from John Williams, Shostakovich and Mahler.

Free BSO and Boston Pops Concert in Franklin Park on Oct. 1st

For the first-time ever the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops Orchestra will perform on the same stage in a free outdoor public venue at Franklin Park on Oct. 1st. The Boston Pops have actually performed at Franklin Park twice before, but this will be the first performance by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Franklin Park. The outdoor concert will be led by BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons, Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart and BSO Youth and Family Concerts Conductor Thomas Wilkins. This will be the first-time that Nelsons leads the BSO in an outdoor venue in Boston.

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Survey: What Do You See for the Future of Franklin Park?

As part of Imagine Boston 2030, the city held a meeting last week to gather feedback from residents on what they want for the future of Franklin Park. But don't worry: If you couldn't attend the meeting, there is an online survey you can fill out. The Feb. 16 meeting was organized by the city as part of its Imagine Boston 2030 initiative, in conjunction with the Boston Parks and Recreation departments and the Franklin Park Coalition. Representatives from the Emerald Necklace Conservancy were also in attendance and tweeted a photo of the meeting showing it was a packed house.

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