What’s Next for Franklin Park? Master Plan Workshop on Jan. 28

The city is leading its own 18-month process to determine how to use the $28 million earmarked to revitalize Franklin Park. The city is teaming up with landscape architects, planners, ecologists, as well as "community engagement experts" to "create a community driven master plan for an engaging and diverse Franklin Park." The team is going to look 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. "The team’s goal is to understand the planning efforts that have come before it, what is working and isn’t working in the park, and what the Franklin Park neighborhood wants to see in the future," says the city's Franklin Park Master Plan website. This master plan is for the city-owned portion of Franklin Park, and does not encompass the state's plan for the Shattuck Hospital site.

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Resident Led Meeting to Discuss Franklin Park, Shattuck Hospital Redevelopment on Oct. 24

Jamaica Plain residents are invited to a public meeting to discuss the future of the Shattuck Hospital Campus redevelopment process on Oct. 24. The meeting is being led by the newly-formed Parks + Committee of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council. There have been three previous public meetings led by the state with the last one being in June 2019. This community led meeting will provide an update on the most recent plans, the history of the site, future possibilities, and more.

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Zoo New England’s Franklin Park Zoo Invites Public to ‘Toss the Tusk’ to Save Elephants

Boston, Mass.; Sept. 23, 2019 – To protect elephants and raise awareness about the illegal ivory trade, Franklin Park Zoo will host an ivory surrender event on Oct. 5, 2019 to encourage public participation in the fight to save elephants from wildlife trafficking. Toss the Tusk will be held on October 5 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Franklin Park Zoo. Participants should go to the Giraffe entrance located on Pierpont Road.

How Many Species Are In Franklin Park? Beeee Part of Biodiversity Project

Staff of the Franklin Park Zoo are leading a project to count every species in Franklin Park -- and everyone is welcome to participate in the project!. We're talking the birds and the bees, the flowers and the trees, skunks and skunk cabbage -- and gorillas (they are in the zoo!). "As an organization committed to conservation, we want to educate and inspire people of all ages that we all play a role in healthy ecosystems. And, this starts right in our own backyard," said Dr. Eric Baitchman, Vice President of Animal Health and Conservation, who has Zoo New England staff in conducting seasonal surveys to record observations of wildlife. So far more than 660 species have been observed with the American robin leading the way with 39 observations. All of the project's observations are being recorded and presented on inaturalist.org.

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