STEPHEN S. YOUNG, BOARD chair of the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA), announced last week that the City of Boston recently awarded two Beautify Boston Grants to projects on Beacon Hill.
The Beautify Boston Grant Program was created by Mayor Thomas M. Menino to “support significant community initiated beautification and infrastructure projects that will enhance usability and transform our neighborhoods open spaces”.
The city awarded the BHCA $10,000 to assist with the purchase and installation of plantings in the tree pits along Charles Street. The BHCA has undertaken a project to improve the neighborhood’s main commercial street by enhancing the pits surrounding the street’s 57 trees in honor of the BHCA’s 90th anniversary.
A second grant was awarded to the Phillips Street Play Area in the amount of $7,750. These funds are designated for the purchase and installation of additional permanent fencing around the Play Area’s flowerbeds, located at 17 Phillips St.
Rob Whitney, head of the Friends of the Phillips Street Play Area, said “We are very appreciative of the City providing us with these funds so that we can better protect the plants and flowers that make the Play Area an attractive place for families.”
Young thanked Boston Parks and Recreation Department Commissioner Toni Pollak and Arborist Greg Mosman for their support of these projects.
“These projects help us to continue our mission of enhancing the quality of life in our urban, residential neighborhood,” Young said.