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Rose F. Kennedy Greenway recognized by national urban park group

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  May 22, 2013 11:58 AM

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Boston’s Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway has been named a “Frontline Park” by the national urban park advocacy organization City Parks Alliance.

City Parks Alliance recognizes “Frontline Park” each month to highlight examples of what it considers “urban park excellence, innovation, and stewardship” as well as the challenges city parks such as shrinking budgets, land use pressures, and urban decay.

The organization praised the public-private partnership development to maintain improve the Greenway and the work done to face “some unique maintenance challenges due to the fact that it is essentially a very long, large roof garden covering an interstate highway.”

“We selected the Kennedy Greenway for recognition because it exemplifies the power of partnerships to create and maintain urban parks that build community and make our cities sustainable and vibrant,” Catherine Nagel, executive director of City Parks Alliance, said in a statement.

The non-profit Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy handles the operation, programming and maintenance for the Greenway with funding from private donations, grants, earned income, and public funding for maintenance and operation.

“We hope that, by shining the spotlight on this park, we can raise awareness about both the necessity and the promise of these kinds of partnerships to spur investment in our nation’s urban parks,” she said.

“We are honored to be recognized as a Frontline Park by the City Parks Alliance,” Jesse Brackenbury, chief operating officer and acting executive director of the conservancy, said in a statement. “2013 marks our fifth year of operation and the highlight will be the opening of our new one-of-a-kind carousel on Labor Day weekend.”

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