The Highland Street Foundation, the Boston Red Sox and the City’s Parks and Recreation Department, today announced the second annual “Out of the Park” event, a free, family-friendly program that will transform a busy corner of Boston Common into Fenway Park. On Sunday, September 13, “Out of the Park” will present the Red Sox/Tampa Bay Rays away game live on a big screen while recreating the excitement of Yawkey Way and Fenway Park for the ommunity with food, fun and activities available at no cost to participants.
“Out of the Park brings the electrifying atmosphere of a Red Sox game to one of the city’s most treasured public spaces, allowing fans of all ages to enjoy game day,” said Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “I encourage city and state residents of all ages to spend the afternoon on the Common, take in the game and enjoy the camaraderie and spirit associated with Fenway Park.”
Out of the Park attendees will get a chance to meet Red Sox mascot Wally, savor Fenway Franks and other ballpark treats, hear from the Hot Tamales Brass Band, and enjoy activities like face painting, caricatures, balloon art, and even participate in a Steal Home Challenge. The event will be located at the corner of the Common where Charles and Beacon Streets meet.
“We are honored to partner with the Boston Red Sox and City of Boston for a one-of-a-kind event that allows people of all ages and incomes to experience our beloved ballpark and home team,” said Blake Jordan,
Executive Director of the Highland Street Foundation. “Out of the Park reflects our Foundation’s commitment to enriching the lives of local families with access to popular destinations and cultural experiences all across Massachusetts.”
This spring, Highland Street teamed up with the City of Boston Parks and Recreation Department and the Red Sox to renovate ten youth baseball fields for the start of the season. Each field received fresh clay, privacy screens on backdrops, sod cutting for edges, lining and a few of the parks received replica Green Monster walls.
“The Red Sox strive to create memorable experiences for our fans in the community,” said Adam Grossman, Senior Vice President of Marketing & Brand Development for the Boston Red Sox. “We are honored to partner with the Highland Street Foundation and the City of Boston to recreate the sights, sounds and feel of a Fenway Park game day to the Boston Common.
To learn more about Out of the Park and the Highland Street Foundation, visit www.highlandstreet.org and connect with us on facebook.com/HighlandStreet and Twitter @HighlandStreet.
About Highland Street Foundation:
Since 1989, the Highland Street Foundation has worked to enrich the lives of children and families in Massachusetts by donating more than $160 million to worthy nonprofit organizations. From its support of the TADpole playground in Boston Common, to providing tickets to local sporting events to local nonprofits, to building capacity and providing technical assistance to hundreds of nonprofit organizations, the foundation is dedicated to expanding opportunities for families in Massachusetts and beyond. This year marks the seventh anniversary of “Free Fun Fridays” and a record- breaking 70 venues will participate, with seven cultural venues in Massachusetts open free-of-charge every Friday for 10 weeks this summer. To date, more than 900,000 visitors have enjoyed the “Free Fun Fridays” program.