Park rangers have long played the role of guardians of our parks and we have been at risk of losing them numerous times since they were introduced in 1982. They serve as a visible presence of authority and the City’s eyes and ears in the parks that the Friends cares for in collaboration with the Boston Parks Department – the Boston Common, Public Garden, and Commonwealth Avenue Mall. When we were at risk of losing them in as far back as 1984, due to lack of funds, the Friends helped to establish annual support for the Park Rangers program and has been contributing to it ever since.
Another group has been working to support the horses that transport the Rangers. The Friends of the Boston Rangers Mounted Unit supports the mounted rangers in the following Boston Parks: Public Garden, Boston Common, Commonwealth Avenue Mall, Back Bay Fens, the Riverway, Olmsted Park, Jamaica Pond, Arnold Arboretum, and Franklin Park.
The Friends of the Boston Rangers Mounted Unit is holding their second annual Derby Dash on April 10, 2014 at the Lenox Hotel. Guests are encouraged to dress in their Derby best to support the rangers, and to be prepared for a spirited hat contest! For information on tickets, please visit, http://savebostonshorses.org/events/.