Brief Brewer Fountain Update

Friends of the Public Garden is excited about the progress being made on the Brewer Fountain restoration! We’re looking forward to the project’s completion so Bostonians can once again enjoy this beautiful space!
The pulverization process is finished and contractors are ready to begin the next phase of reconstruction.
Up Next: 
  • On August 15th the installation of granite curbing is scheduled to begin. Paths around the fountain are also going to be paved.
  • The construction of a granite plaza which will include the names of donors who gave $100,000 or more.

All Star Game!

It’s the annual All-Star Softball Game to benefit the Friends of the Public Garden

Thursday, July 14th

5:30 PM

Boston Common Baseball Field – corner of Boylston and Charles Street

See our own All Stars from local businesses compete with one another.

Teams will be coached by Friends’ President Emeritus, Henry Lee and Boston Parks Commissioner, Antonia Pollak.

Play-by-play to be announced by Bob Lobel.

After the softball game join us on the roof of the Motor Mart Garage located at 201 Stuart Street for a Fenway style after-party.  Enjoy sausage, hamburgers, hotdogs, popcorn, peanuts and more.

$25 per person – all you can eat and drink. Pay at the door.

Presented by The Friends of the Public Garden, Boston Parks and Recreation Department, and The Back Bay Association

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to

Attend the Boston Flower Show Preview to Support Boston Parks

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department will host the Boston Flower Show Preview Party on March 15, 2011. All proceeds will benefit the Boston Parks Department. This event is a great opportunity for both individuals and businesses to support Boston’s parks, from planting new trees to caring for our large, old ones throughout our city’s parks. In addition to helping keep our parks healthy, the Boston Flower Show Preview Party will be a wonderful way to see the flower show: there will be no waiting in lines or working your way through crowds. All guests will receive a gift bag. A Friend or Sponsor will receive a VIP gift bag plus a chance to win fabulous prizes from local businesses. For more information, please visit the Boston Parks and Recreation Department’s website.

Elizabeth Goldstein Talks about California State Parks

Last month we invited park experts from around the country to take part in our Great Parks = Vibrant Cities panel at the Boston Public Library. Elizabeth Goldstein shared her experiences of working with and fundraising for California state parks.

About Elizabeth Goldstein: Elizabeth Goldstein is president of the California State Parks Foundation. A life-long advocate for parks, she is former general manager of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, former director of planning for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and former director of the western office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She is co-chair of the national organization City Parks Alliance.

What fundraising measures would you recommend for us to implement to support our parks? Let us know by leaving a comment!

Meg Cheever Talks about Park Funding in Pittsburgh

In our Great Parks = Vibrant Cities panel last month, we invited Meg Cheever to come talk about her solutions to increasing park funding from her experience in working on parks in Pittsburgh. This is what she had to say:

About Meg Cheever: Meg Cheever is founding president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy. A lawyer by training, she has extensive experience in communications and marketing, parks management and fundraising. The Conservancy was founded in 1996 to focus on the city’s four large regional parks, and has since expanded into others as time and resources permit. Meg has led a successful effort to raise $45 million for the parks to date.

Do you agree with Meg Cheever’s and Dan Biederman’s ideas on increasing park funding? Comment and tell us your ideas!

Dan Biederman Talks about Park Funding

For our Great Parks=Vibrant Cities Panel last month, we invited Dan Biederman, Meg Cheever, Elizabeth Goldstein, and Robert Stanton to present their ideas of improving Boston parks. This video is Dan Biederman’s presentation about how he helped improve Bryant Park, and how he could apply the same techniques to improve our Boston Common.

About Dan Biederman: Dan Biederman is co-founder and president of the Bryant Park Corporation, which restored and manages Bryant Park in New York City. He is a pioneer in the field of privately funded urban and public space management, and consults nationally on park management and resource development. He has been working with the Friends of the Public Garden over the last year on resource generation for the Common and activation of the Brewer Fountain Plaza area of the park.