Boston Common Getting $28M Renovation

Boston received $28 million in funds for renovations from the sale of the city's Winthrop Square Garage

"America's First Park" will be undergoing a full $28 million renovation, according to the Boston Parks and Recreation Department.

Officials revealed the Boston Common's master plan, which will be funded with money made from the sale of the city's Winthrop Square garage.

"The sale of the Winthrop Square property has given us an unprecedented opportunity to make substantial improvements to our most famous park, the historic Boston Common," Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said.

The master plan, which was created by the city's Parks and Recreation department and Friends of the Public Garden, will include improvements on Boylston and Tremont streets as well as the park's various pathways. It aims to look at every aspect of the Common to envision a resilient and well-cared for park that has the capacity to host a broad variety of uses.

"As an essential partner of the city, the Friends of the Public Garden is very excited to participate in this once-in-a-generation opportunity to work collaboratively with the public to create a bold plan to bring the nation's first public park up to the highest standards for the millions of people who enjoy it every year," said Elizabeth Vizza, Executive Director of the Friends of The Public Garden.

Officials said Weston & Sampson design studio will lead the Common's master planning efforts. The studio will develop plans for the park that can withstand the diverse New England weather and last through the test of time.

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