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.
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.
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.
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.
Jamaica Plain's "Little Dig" -- AKA the Casey Aborway -- is scheduled to pass a key benchmark this week. Shea Circle, the part of the Arborway where Franklin Park meets the main entrance to Forest Hills Cemetery, will take a giant step toward becoming Shea Square. The stop lights in the new configuration are to be turned on for the first time on Thursday. Transportation planners say a signalized intersection will be more efficient than the large circle it is replacing. Here's what the finished product should look like:
Here are the details on which traffic movements will be affected the next two weeks, as outlined by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation:
On or about December 15th the traffic signal will control Shea Square for the first time.