FOPG Annual Meeting to Feature Plan for Charlesgate Park

The Friends of the Public Garden will hold its annual Members Reception at the Ritz Carlton, 10 Avery St., on Thursday, Nov. 15, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

At this time, Marie Law Adams and Dan Adams from the Somerville-based architectural and urban design firm Landing Studios will outline their vision for Charlesgate Park, as well as the community plan led by the nonprofit Charlesgate Alliance to reclaim the long-neglected area of the Commonwealth Avenue Mall where it intersects with two other historic parks – the Back Bay Fens and the Charles River Esplanade.

Their innovative design aims to improve the “key link” created by venerable landscape architect Fredrick Law Olmsted that abuts Back Bay and Fenway and runs adjacent to Kenmore Square, which was lost more than half a century ago to the construction of the Bowker Overpass.

“We are enthusiastic about our upcoming Members Reception when we will share with our members the creative design and plans, initiated by the Charlesgate Alliance, for recovering the lost segment of the Commonwealth Avenue Mall at Charlesgate where the Mall, the Fens and the Esplanade come together,” said Liz Vizza, executive director of the Friends group.

This reception is complimentary for current FOPG members, but space is limited. You are a current member if you have made a contribution to the Friends in either 2017 or 2018. Contact Rachel Hangley if you’d like to inquire about your membership status at 617-723-8144 or via email at [email protected]. R.S.V.P. for the event by Nov. 8.

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