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Beacon Hill groups receive grants for beautification projects

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  February 21, 2013 01:38 PM

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Two Beacon Hill organizations have received grants from the city to assist with beautification projects in the neighborhood.

The Beautify Boston grant program awarded $10,000 to the Beacon Hill Civic Association to help buy and install plantings in the tree pits along Charles Street, the association announced, and $7,750 to the Phillips Street Play Area for fencing.

The city’s one-year Beautify Boston grant program was announced in the fall and awarded grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000. A grant of $10,000 or more required the recipient to fund an equal amount.

The grants were given to nonprofits to back projects that will be “physically and visually accessible from a public way,” the city said.

The Beacon Hill Civic Association’s project aims to improve the neighborhood’s main commercial street by enhancing the pits surrounding the street’s 57 trees. The project is in honor of the association’s 90th anniversary.

The Phillips Street Play Area will use its grant to purchase and install additional permanent fencing around the play area’s flower beds.

“We are very appreciative of the city providing us with these funds so that we can better protect the plants and flowers that make the Play Area an attractive place for families,” Rob Whitney, head of the Friends of the Phillips Street Play Area, said in a statement.

Stephen S. Young, board chairman of the Beacon Hill Civic Association, thanked Boston Parks and Recreation Department Commissioner Toni Pollak and arborist Greg Mosman for their support of thee projects.

“These projects help us to continue our mission of enhancing the quality of life in our urban, residential neighborhood,” he said.

The city has awarded grants to help fund 35 beautification projects around Boston.

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