After a two-year hiatus due to COVID, the 55th Puerto Rican Festival and Parade is returning to Franklin Park on July 31. At noon on Sunday, the parade will proceed from Cedar Street and Columbus Avenue to Franklin Park. The parade is the culmination of the three-day Puerto Rican Festival, which is projected to draw more than 90,000 people during three days. There will be performances by local and international artists, Puerto Rican food, local arts and crafts, and many more activities for all ages. Click here for the musical line-up, which begins at 3 pm on each day. Boston’s Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Robert Santiago will serve as the Grand Marshal.
Back on My Feet recently launched a new running/walking team at Franklin Park. We are looking for morning run/walk volunteers to join us one morning a week. We're running/walking Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Be a part of something greater than yourself. Join us today by clicking here.
Back on My Feet is looking for volunteers to come join our new team launching at Franklin Park in April. Help to disrupt the cycle of homelessness and addiction by giving your time as a morning run/walk volunteer one morning a week. Our community meets M/W/F from 5:45 to 6:30 am. Learn more about getting involved at backonmyfeet.org/get-involved/volunteer.
The state's plan to install 18 small "cottages" on the Shattuck campus to house homeless individuals living in the Mass and Cass area will be discussed at a virtual public meeting held by the Franklin Park Coalition on Dec. 20. Each cottage will have two beds, which would allow for couples to stay together, and plumbing and heating. The site will have 24/7 security in a security cabin. Occupancy of the cottages is scheduled to begin Dec.
Former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis recently delivered a letter to Governor Charlie Baker calling for leadership and a coordinated vision as it relates to the redevelopment of the Shattuck Hospital site in Franklin Park. In the letter, he outlined how the Commonwealth’s decision to redevelop the site contradicts the Baker administration’s stated priorities “for open space, climate resilience, and natural resource conservation.”
Governor Dukakis states that, “rather than engaging community members and thinking holistically for the neighborhood and Greater Boston’s needs, the Commonwealth has decided to move forward with a plan to demolish the outdated building, which sits on parkland, and lease the land to a private developer.”
Shattuck Hospital, now slated for demolition, currently occupies 13 acres of parkland, a site that was taken from the community in 1949 and, over the years, has joined other sites that reduced Franklin Park’s free and public green space by roughly 200 acres. Now, the Commonwealth proposes a new plan: a 99-year lease for a private developer to build housing for the formerly homeless. Housing for the formerly homeless is extremely important; however, the Commonwealth did not evaluate alternative sites, conduct a feasibility study, involve the many of the communities around the park, nor provide any state funding for the new facilities. This new plan requires numerous legal waivers, and the housing, if all goes according to plan, may take five years to build and does not include supportive services in the latest proposal.