Two exciting events are happening at Symphony Park on Tuesday, June 23rd!
Symphony Park Grand Opening: June 23rd at 1:00 p.m.:
Come join the Boston Parks Department and the Friends of Symphony Park in celebrating the reopening of Symphony Community Park, located at Edgerly Road between Burbank and Norway Streets. Musical entertainment, courtesy of Berklee College of Music and light refreshments from Whole Foods Symphony and the Friends will be provided. Come help us celebrate – all are welcome to this free event!  See the linked invitation for more information.
Summer Fitness Series at Symphony Park: June 23rd – August  13*:
The Friends of Symphony Park, supported by the Boston Parks Department and Boston Public Health Commission, will be offering 2 free classes at Symphony Park this summer.
Tai Chi: 8 consecutive Tuesdays, starting June 23rd from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
This class is geared for beginners, with breathing, balance, and tai chi taught by Huan Zhang of Huan’s Tai Chi.
Senior Yoga: 8 consecutive Thursdays, starting June 25th from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
This class is geared for seniors, with all ages welcome. Mats provided.
Please see the linked Brochure for more information, and other class events and locations. In event of rain, classes will be held indoors at Morville House.
*Note: Fitness classes at Symphony Park will end on August 13th, not the 18th as listed in the brochure

Fenway Civic Association hosts its annual Rose Garden Picnic

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Wednesday, June 10 (rain date June 11)
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Outside the Kelleher Rose Garden, Back Bay Fens
(across from 85 Park Drive)


The Dave Ehle Guitar Trio – Live Jazz Music—Courtesy of Emmanuel College
Light fare and refreshments from Sweet Cheeks BBQ and Star Market
Bring your own picnic dinner and a blanket or chair


Please join us for a picnic dinner, musical entertainment, and a chance to meet your neighbors and friends! All are welcome to this free event.

Special thanks to the Boston Parks and Recreation Department
and to Samuels and Associates for their support


Please see the flyer for additional details:  Rose Garden Picnic Flyer 2015

Annual Meeting Pictures

Thanks everyone for coming out to the annual meeting. We have an amazing turnout! Here are a few pictures from the presentation.




We invite you to attend our 53rd Annual Meeting, to be held on Wednesday, January 7th, for an exceptional evening at 160 Massachusetts Avenue. Plan to join friends and neighbors at Berklee College of Music’s newest building for a fun program, complete with music and a special building tour!

The meeting will begin at 6:30 PM on the 3rd floor of 160 Massachusetts Avenue, accessed through the main entrance. We will have a reception with food and music performed by Berklee’s City Music youth performers, followed by an upbeat program that includes a presentation by Berklee’s city music outreach program, introduces our newest City Councilor, and recaps our 2014.

The meeting will close with a tour of 160 Massachusetts Avenue, provided by Bill Whitney, V.P. of Real Estate at Berklee. This meeting is open to everyone – bring a friend!

All are invited to join the celebration in the Lighting of the Fenway Christmas Tree!


When: Wednesday, December 3rd, 6:30 p.m. (see Flyer)
Where: Outside the Kelleher Rose Garden in the Back Bay Fens (across from 77 Park Drive)
Come with family and friends to enjoy holiday music and carol singing, refreshments, Santa Claus, and lots of neighborly good cheer!
Sponsored by: Mayor’s Office of Special Events, Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, Fenway Civic Association, Department of Public Works, Area D-4 Police and Boston Fire Department.
Special thanks to Berklee College of Music for entertainment, and to Whole Foods Symphony for refreshments.
For more information, call Shaina Aubourg, Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services at (617)635-3485

Tremendous thanks to the First Year Honors program at Curry College, Professor Peter Hainer, Bill Stanton, and the Boston Natural Areas Network/Trustees of Reservations for their day of service in the Back Bay Fens on September 27, 2014. More than 40 students worked in 4 project areas in an around the Back Bay Fens to rake, weed, prune, and clean the park as part of a project to engage in urban issues.


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After nomination by the Fenway Civic Association, the Johnson Memorial Gates were selected as a Most Endangered Resource for 2014 by Preservation Massachusetts.

For background and history of the Gates and FCA’s work in restoring them, see here.

The following text from Preservation Massachusetts describes the listing:

Johnson Memorial Gates, Boston

Johnson Memorial Gates

Johnson Memorial Gates in Boston’s Fenway area has been named one of Massachusetts’ “Most Endangered Historic Resources”. Since 1993, this list is compiled annually by Preservation Massachusetts, the state’s historic preservation advocacy organization.

In 1902, The Johnson Memorial Gates, designed by Guy Lowell, were dedicated to the City of Boston. The handsome public monument was a bequest of Ellen C. John, known for her advocacy for prison reform for women, to memorialize her husband, Jesse Johnson. The Johnson Memorial Gates monument is a three part structure comprised of two tall piers made of pink Tennessee Marble, which is no longer quarried, and Milford Pink Granite. “The Gates” display decorative bronze ornamentation, lions heads on each pier, two toughs originally designed for horses, and marble benches. “The Gates” are the grand entrance to the Back Bay Fens, which is a historically landmarked Olmstead park under the oversight of the Boston Parks and Recreation Department. The Back Bay Fens is the oldest of the linked parks in the Emerald Necklace Parks system.

Although under the protection and jurisdiction of the Historic Parks of the Parks Department, with approval by Boston Landmarks Commission and its care’s authorized and administered by the Boston Arts Commission, “The Gates” suffer from deferred maintenance. An ongoing, costly need for repair is often the case for public works of art. “The Gates” need substantial restoration to repair structural issues caused by water infiltration which is causing the monument to deteriorate. The time is now to secure funding to proactively stabilize monument. Without treatment, the conditions will continue to worsen and so will the cost of restoration.

The Fenway Civic Association, a wonderful example of a civic group taking a strong stewardship role in their neighborhood. They have endeavored for the past two years to secure “The Gates” by seeking and gaining support from abutting neighbors, institutions and business, likeminded non-profits like the Massachusetts Historical Society and Emerald Necklace Conservancy as well as the city entities which govern “The Gates”. Their work has included extensive conditions reviews and treatments recommendations report as well as conserving the bronze elements of the Johnson Memorial Gates. The Fenway Civic Association hopes to conduct direly needed repairs in next 8 months, but they need to secure avenues of funding in order to do so.

Marie Fukuda of the Fenway Civic Association, who nominated the Johnson Memorial Gates feels, “The visibility provided by the Most Endangered Listing will elicit much needed support for resources including grant funding and city capital funds.”


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