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As the Greenway Conservancy heads into 2019 and our tenth (10!) season maintaining and operating The Greenway, we wanted to take a moment to look back at some of our favorite moments of the last year on Boston’s contemporary public park.

From our ever-changing public art installations to free public programming, sustainably maintained lawns and gardens to unmatched food truck selection, we’re proud of all 2018 had to offer and excited for what’s coming next!

 

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Formation of the Greenway BID
In 2017, the Greenway Conservancy, the City of Boston, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and a key business group of abutting commercial property owners finalized a long-term agreement to fund the Greenway Conservancy. The Greenway Business Improvement District, officially formed in 2018, will create a strong foundation for funding that, in tandem with the continued generosity of the philanthropic community, will help the Conservancy continue to care for and improve the park for years to come. We are grateful to Governor Charlie Baker, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation  Secretary Stephanie Pollack, State Senator Joe Boncore, State Representative Aaron Michlewitz, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, and the Boston City Council, for their partnership and engagement over the past year.

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Completion of the Carolyn Lynch Garden
Following vast renovations and boxwood garden bed improvements, the Carolyn Lynch Garden on The Greenway opened to the public in the spring of 2018. The garden was designed with an array of bright colors, seasonal blooms and a rich diversity of textures, heights, and personalities. Alongside vibrant furniture, the Carolyn Lynch Garden creates a place like no other to unwind in the park thanks to a generous gift from the Lynch Foundation!

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‘The Meeting House’ by Mark Reigleman, 2017

Awarded 7th PAN Award in 6 years
Continuing our leading role in bringing rotating exhibitions of contemporary public art to Boston, the Conservancy received three prestigious awards from the Americans for the Arts’ Public Art Network Year in Review. The Conservancy has received seven such awards since 2013, placing us in a preeminent position among non-profits.

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Expansion of Electric Vehicles
As part of the Conservancy’s commitment to sustainability, we continued our ongoing effort to our replace our utility vehicle fleet with electric vehicles in 2018, with capital funding from MassDOT. We strive to improve our environmentally-friendly practices while organically maintaining The Greenway; look for our new trucks out in the park and say hello!

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Expansion of the Group Volunteer Program/Zone Volunteering
In 2017, the Conservancy began a zone gardening program in which several of our Conservancy horticulturists teamed up with one of our dedicated volunteers to care for a unique area of our park. Now in its second year, The Greenway’s zone garden program has grown to accommodate eight regular volunteers who join us weekly, giving them an opportunity to delve deeply into their assigned area. We also grew our group volunteer program this year, offering more projects to the many nearby organizations interested in a morning on The Greenway!  

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Celebration of Greenway Carousel’s 5th Anniversary & Release of Carousel Coloring Book
This year marked the 5th anniversary of the Greenway Carousel at The Tiffany & Co. Foundation Grove, a Boston landmark like no other. This popular destination received a visit from the National Carousel Association Convention, and to celebrate 5 years, we released our first edition of the Greenway Carousel Coloring Book!

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Installation of Pollinator Hotels
In 2018, the Greenway Conservancy installed 11 Pollinator Hotels and Bamboo Bungalows throughout the park as part of our Pollinator RIbbon. These structures, along with our 194k pollinator-friendly plants, are designed to attract and support pollinator species throughout The Greenway, creating a rich sustainable community of bees, butterflies, and birds who love our blooms as much as you!

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Goat Yoga at Dewey Square Park
Our expanding fitness program presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield MA and Yasso offered visitors over 120 opportunities to work out, outside! Unique-physique experiences like Innercity Weightlifting, Ultimate Tango classes, and more kept our visitors feeling fit this season on The Greenway. This year also brought a one-of-a-kind fitness opportunity to downtown Boston – Goat Yoga!

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Illuminated Art Installation
Alongside our ongoing zodiac exhibit series and annual murals, our 2018 public art program featured curated light-based and reflective artworks. These illuminating installations engaged visitors day and night on The Greenway! 2018 brought opportunities for visitors to explore Luftwerk’s illuminated tunnel, Anne Lilly’s self-reflecting refractions, and vintage neon signs from across Massachusetts.

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Return of the Swinging Benches
A favorite of the North End, 2018 brought the re-engineering and return of the swaying seats in our northernmost parks by our incredible Maintenance team. A perfect place to gather with friends and family, be sure to check out our swinging benches on The Greenway!