Thursday evening, more than 150 residents from Jamaica Plain, Roxbury and Dorchester came to the Franklin Park Golf Clubhouse to listen to a presentation from the Boston 2024 executive bid committee. Event organizers from the Franklin Park Coalition expected an informative meeting for the community about what changes to the historic park could be expected, but instead attendees were met with few details and fewer answers. The plan, at least as presented Thursday, is to renovate half of White Stadium to accommodate more spectators for parts of the Modern Pentathlon, as well as some equestrian events. Also included was the proposal to build a permanent pool for use long after the closing ceremonies, and use of the golf course area for one of the equestrian competitions. At this stage in the planning process, Boston 2024 staff members at the meeting had a hard time answering detailed questions about how Franklin Park would be impacted, such as how long certain areas off the park would be closed off before and after the Olympics, and how new additions to the park would be maintained in the future.
Franklin Park Olympics Meeting - Thursday, March 5th at 6:30pm - Franklin Park Golf Clubhouse, One Circuit Drive, Dorchester, MA 02121. Hear presentation from Boston2024 about plans for Franklin Park and ask questions. Then engage with other park users in a discussion about what this means for the park and surrounding communities. www.franklinparkcoalition.org / 617-442-4141.
As Bostonians come to grips with the idea that the city is the nation's nominee to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, Mayor Marty Walsh has announced a slate of community meetings. On Friday morning, City Hall broadcast a slate of nine community meetings. There's one in JP, to be held June 30, 6:30 p.m., at English High (144 McBride St.). Here's the full list:
Jan. 27, 6:30 p.m. - Suffolk Law School, 120 Tremont St.
From left: Robert Redd, Thomas M. Middleton, George Jones and Rudy Cabral pose for a photo in the clubhouse at the Franklin Park Golf Course on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Credit: Chris Helms
On Tuesday, as Mayor Marty Walsh was in California pitching the U.S. Olympic Committee for Boston to host the 2024 Olympics, a different deliberative body took measure of the idea — the golfers of Franklin Park. At a table in the clubhouse, four longtime golfers largely took a "wait and see" approach to what a summer Olympics might mean for their beloved links. Although details of Boston's bid haven't been made public by the private organization pushing for a Hub Olympics, Franklin Park has been put forward as a possible home to equestrian events and the pentathlon, according to the JP Gazette.
People opposed to bringing the summer Olympics to Boston will meet Monday night at First Baptist Church. Here's the Facebook event page. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at 633 Centre St. Boston is one of four U.S. cities (along with L.A., San Francisco and Washington, D.C.) in the running to be picked by the U.S. Olympic Committee as the country's bid. The Gazette has been out front in covering the potential effects on JP, including conversion of Franklin Park into an equestrian facility and rebuilding White Stadium as a pentathlon venue.