Olympics: 9 Community Meetings Announced to Discuss Benefits, Impact

Mayor Walsh announced a series of meetings across the city, seeking feedback from citizens on Boston’s 2024 Olympic bid.
Mayor Walsh announced a series of meetings across the city, seeking feedback from citizens on Boston’s 2024 Olympic bid. –AP

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Mayor Marty Walsh has announced nine upcoming community meetings to discuss the benefits and impact of hosting the 2024 Summer Olympics.

“Today marks the start of a long process to meet with residents and solicit feedback from our many diverse neighborhoods as we move forward in our quest to host the 2024 Summer Olympics,’’ Walsh said in a statement. “I am excited to share our vision with the people of Boston and hear their thoughts on how we can work together to not only bring the Games to Boston, but create one of the most innovative, sustainable and successful Olympics the world has seen.’’

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The city scheduled the nine meetings at locations across Boston:

•January 27, 6:30 p.m. – Suffolk Law School, 120 Tremont St.,

•February 24, 6:30 p.m. – Condon School Cafeteria, 200 D St., South Boston

•March 31, 6:30 p.m. – Harvard Business School, (building to be determined)

•April 12, 6:30 p.m. – Roxbury Community College, 1234 Columbus Ave., Roxbury

•May 19, 6:30 p.m. – Cleveland Community Center, 11 Charles St., Dorchester

•June 30, 6:30 p.m. – English High School, 144 McBride St., Jamaica Plain

•July 28, 6:30 p.m. – Mildred School, 5 Mildred Ave., Boston

•August 25, 6:30 p.m. – Orenberger School, 175 West Boundary Road, W. Roxbury

•September 29, 6:30 p.m. – East Boston High School, 86 White St., East Boston

On Thursday, the U.S. Olympic Committee selected Boston as its host city nominee for the 2024 Games. The nonprofit Olympic advocacy group “Boston 2024’’ is creating a “citizens advisory group’’ to solicit feedback from the public.

“Boston 2024 looks forward to a thoughtful, robust public conversation about the proposed venues and the many benefits that would come with the Games,’’ Boston 2024 executive vice-president Erin Murphy Rafferty said in a statement. “We have enjoyed enthusiastic and overwhelming public support from Massachusetts Olympians and Paralympians, business and community leaders, elected officials, the university community and the general public.’’

Opponents of a Boston Olympics are also garnering support and formulating plans for the intervening 32 months between the USOC’s decision and the International Olympic Committee’s final choice in September 2017.

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This fight is only just beginning.

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