New Digs

FOPG new office to be at 69 Beacon St.

Patti Quinn, vice president of The Friends of the Public Garden, the 41-year-old citizens organization that works to preserve and enhance the Boston Common, the Public Garden and the Commonwealth Avenue Mall, recently announced its office will move from 87 Mount Vernon St., where it has been for nine years, to 69 Beacon St., on the corner of Charles Street, directly across from the Boston Common and the Public Garden.

“We are thrilled to be in this central location and have more space to accommodate our increasing activities on behalf of these three historic parks,” said Elizabeth Vizza, executive director of the Friends. “We will have much more room for our growing staff and volunteers and to store our archives,”

Sovereign/Santander Bank has made the move possible by donating the space to the Friends.  The move will allow the modest expansion of the staff and the added supervision required for the renovation and enhancement of the Brewer Fountain Plaza on the Common and other parks projects of the Friends

“In recognition of this extraordinary public service and the pressing need for space of the Friends, the Bank is delighted to be able to make this location, which we own, available to them,” said Carlos Garcia, chief of staff for Sovereign Bank/Santander. “We know how valuable all three parks are to our customers and employees — residents and visitors to the city — and we look forward to continuing to help the Friends carry out its vital work.”

The new space will include offices and a conference room as well as storage.  Archives, which have been stored for years at the home of President Emeritus of the Friends Henry Lee, can now be preserved in one location.   Members of the organization have volunteered their time to plan and design the space.  The move is expected to occur in early spring.

“This move to 69 Beacon St. is a great step in the growth and viability of the Friends,” Lee said. “It will help tremendously in administration and outreach, and gives promise of our continuing part in the care and keeping of these city treasures.”

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