Franklin Park

Over 150 volunteers make MLK Day 2015 a "Day On" at Franklin Park

Over 150 volunteers came to honor Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy at SCI’s 2015 MLK Day of Service at Franklin Park in Boston on Monday. Large groups from Northeastern University’s Civic Engagement Program (CEP) and local Boys & Girls Clubs were joined by volunteers of all ages (including several little ones) who decided to make the national holiday a “Day On, Not Off.”
The event, which was funded through a grant from the Massachusetts Service Alliance, was organized in partnership with the Franklin Park Coalition, our hosts for the day.
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Walking Tour of Franklin Park

When: Wednesday, July 2 from 6 - 8 pm

Where: Begins at Shattuck Picnic Grove, Circuit Drive & Forest Hills Drive, Boston, MA 02121


On Wednesday, July 2nd a National Park Service ranger from Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site will be conducting a guided walk of Franklin Park entitled “Country in the City”. The event will be held rain or shine and is free and open to the public. No advance reservations are necessary. Participants will be be able to learn about Olmsted’s vision for Franklin Park as they visit the landscapes of Scarboro Pond, Schoolmaster Hill, the Country Park meadow, and a portion of the Wilderness, including the “99 Steps”. There will be a stop at the location within today’s park where writer and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson lived as a young man. For more information about the tour, please call 617-442-4141.

Kite and Bike Festival

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Come fly a kite at Franklin Park on Saturday, May 17th from 11 am until 4 pm! Join Franklin Park Coalition for their fourth annual historic family and community kite festival in Franklin Park. If you do not have your own kite, kites will be available for purchase. There will also be bikes for free rental for attendees to take a tour of the park on the paved paths around the stadium and golf course. It is encouraged to bring a picnic lunch or enjoy fare from one of the local food trucks. Enjoy spring by flying a kite or taking a ride around Franklin Park. 

This event will take place at the Playstead Ballfield located at 450 Walnut Ave, Boston, MA 02130. This event is co-sponsored by Franklin Park Coalition, Discover Roxbury, Boston Bikes, and Boston Parks and Recreation Department. 

Spring Planting at Franklin Park

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On Saturday, April 26 Franklin Park Coalition will host a spring planting event. Join Franklin Park Coalition to help plant young trees and clear invasive species in the woodlands of Franklin Park. This event will take place from 10 am until Noon. Volunteers should wear old clothes and bring work gloves if they have their own. Gloves can be provided if volunteers do not have their own. Volunteers will meet at the Valley Gates Parking Lot located midway along Franklin Park Road in Dorchester. 

For more information on this opportunity, please contact Pareesa Charmchi at

Learn the History of Franklin Park

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Spring is usually a quiet time in Franklin Park. The Park is still a few weeks away from the leaves, birds, golfers, and festival goers attending the park's great activities. It is a special time to take a look at Franklin Park in a different way. The way designer Frederick Law Olmsted saw it. Observe features that are hard to see when the park is fully leafed out. Join the National Olmsted Historic Site for a 90 minute stroll to celebrate spring's arrival in Boston. 

This event will take place on Sunday, March 23 from 2-3:30 pm at Franklin Park Shattuck Picnic Grove located at the intersection of Forest Hills Drive and Jewish War Veterans Memorial Highway in Boston. Advanced reservations are required, to do so, email Ranger Mark Swartz at by Thursday, March 20th. Leave your name, phone number, number of people within your party, and any additional contact information. 

MLK Woodland Restoration Project in Franklin Park

On MLK Day, SCI will host a volunteer woodland restoration event in Franklin Park followed by a historic walk and reflection session on Martin Luther King Jr and service.  SCI is pleased to have received the funding for this opportunity through the Massachusetts Service Alliance's 2014 MLK Day Grant.

Through the collaboration of SCI’s host partner sites, the Franklin Park Coalition will join DotWell and the Millennium Ten Initiative to host a service day on January 20, 2014 to honor Martin Luther King Jr.  

Volunteer Focus: Removal of cat briar (a prickly vine that strangles trees) and trash removal from Franklin Park.  The project will begin with a brief introduction to the park, woodland restoration and Martin Luther King Jr.’s focus on community and the importance of service.  Read more

Fall Volunteer Day

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Come join the Franklin Park Coalition help beautify Franklin Park!


When: Saturday October 19th from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm

Where: Franklin Park, Volunteers meet at the Valley Gates parking lot at 10 am

What: Volunteers will help beautifying Franklin Park by pulling invasive plants, raking, picking up garbage, and more throughout the park


Volunteers are advised to come prepared to work outdoors, wear layers, boots/sneakers, and older clothing


For more information visit the events website: or call (617) 442-4141

Participate in a 5K Run/Walk for Marathon Bombing Survivor

Join the United Sisters of Color for a 5K Run/Walk to benefit Mery Daniel, a Mattapan resident and marathon bombing survivor.

When: Sunday, June 30th. Registration at 9AM. 5K from 10AM-1PM.

Where: Meet at the Franklin Park Golf Clubhouse (One Circuit Drive, Roxbury). 

What: Run or walk in a 2.5 mile course.

For more information click here.

To register, click here.

Attend a Concert in the Park

Come to the Elma Lewis Playhouse in the Park concert series!

When: Tuesday's in July. Shows in the morning and evening.

Where: Franklin Park, Shattuck Picnic Grove

What: Free performances by local artists for all ages.

For more information, click here.

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