The Friends of the Public Garden hosted the Green & White Ball on Friday, May 17, at Taj Boston to raise funds in support of the organization’s mission to preserve and enhance Boston’s three historic downtown parks: the Boston Common, the Public Garden and the Commonwealth Avenue Mall. This year’s black tie gala was attended by 200 guests, and raised $370,000 for the parks.
Beyond its annual stewardship work, the Friends has made great progress to renovate the Brewer Fountain Plaza and Liberty Mall parkland stretching from Tremont Street up to the base of the State House. This has been the most ambitious project in the organization’s 43-year history, transforming the deteriorated and most heavily used corner of the Common into one of the most striking gathering places in the city. The plaza is now adorned with café tables, chairs, umbrellas, a food truck, a “reading room”, chess and checkers games, and piano music at lunchtime.
Proceeds from the Green & White Ball will support the final phase of the project this Fall, including restoring the historic iron fence along Tremont Street and reclaiming some of this area as parkland.
Copyright © 2013 Roger Farrington