Chief Executive Officer | President
My Wife and I moved to South Boston in October of 2004. We instantly fell in love with the peace and tranquility of Barnard Place. Although I did not grow up in Southie, three generations before me did, and I am proud to be raising our daughter here. For over 30 years the residents of Barnard Place have been protecting the open space where the park will be located. I am excited to be involved with this effort to create a quiet, green space to share with the community for generations to come.
Chief Operating Officer | Vice President
I moved to Barnard Place in 2014 - what a location! Barnard Place is a close knit community of residents and brings a unique neighborhood feel to city living. As Head of the Design Committee for Barnard Place Park, I worked closely with COGdesign on the details for the conceptual design of the park, learning about exciting ways to bring nature to the city. In the spring of 2020, I was honored to join the Barnard Place Park leadership team as the Chief Operating Officer. We have assembled a team, including Courtney Goode from Goode Landscape Studio, that shares a strong vision and passion for this project. We envision a beautiful yet practical park that will encourage a sense of community but also provide a peaceful retreat from city living. I look forward to making the conceptual design a reality and sharing our vision with the community.
Chief Financial Officer | Treasurer
I moved to Barnard Place in October of 2014. My neighbors were quick to welcome me into the neighborhood and I had the opportunity to bond with many residents while removing snow from the neighborhood that first winter. As a new resident in South Boston, I have enjoyed learning about the history of the neighborhood and engaging with long-term residents. I am excited to be a part of the Barnard Place Park organization to help ensure that we preserve the history and culture of our community. I look forward to the establishment and preservation of green space at Barnard Place. I will continue to work on developing a sustainable financial path for the park and provide hands-on efforts to plant vegetation and maintain the park for the enjoyment of our residents.
Director | Clerk
I am a lifelong resident of South Boston who has lived on Barnard Place since 1994. I’m thrilled to be a part of the revitalization of this vacant parcel that our neighborhood has taken care of for decades. We have a wonderful, dedicated group of residents who have given a tremendous amount of time and thought to this project. It is important for us to preserve the history of our neighborhood and honor the residents who were once the fabric of Barnard Place by installing two memorial benches. The recreational bocce court pays homage to the Italian families who lived and played bocce here many years ago. We are excited to bring recreational bocce to the park as a way for the community to have some fun and get to know one another. Barnard Place Park would not have been possible without the support we have been given by former Mayor Marty Walsh, Mayor Michelle Wu, Councilor Ed Flynn, Councilor Michael Flaherty, Representative David Biele, Christine Poff-Director of Community Preservation, COGdesign, and the Department of Neighborhood Development. Their involvement in our project, as it evolved from an idea in 2018, demonstrates their commitment to preserving open space in South Boston.
Barnard Place Park is a volunteer nonprofit organization in South Boston consisting of 16 Barnard Place residents who are building a beautiful, public park for the community to enjoy.
We see Barnard Place Park as a welcoming respite from the busy city in which we live. Our design includes memorial benches, wheelchair-accessible raised beds, trees, shrubs, a butterfly garden, bistro-style seating, and a recreational bocce court to honor the history of bocce that was played on this land decades ago.
The Barnard Place residents have cared for this city-owned parcel for more than 30 years. In April of 2019, we established a nonprofit organization to secure the deed to the land to revitalize it as a useable open space to share with the community.
As we look forward to the upcoming ribbon-cutting ceremony at Barnard Place Park, we want to give special thanks to Boston City Councilor Ed Flynn. Ed met with us on Barnard Place in 2018 to listen to the challenges our neighborhood faced over the years with caretaking an abandoned parcel of land and our wishes to create a safe, enjoyable open space. He informed us of a Community Meeting at the Tynan School to discuss the option of constructing a public park with Community Preservation funding. We attended the meeting and began the process of moving forward to make this dream a reality.
Barnard Place residents worked on the conceptual design with COGdesign throughout 2019. It was important for us to include two memorial benches in memory of longstanding Barnard Place residents Boston Firefighter Scott Salman & Arta Fritch, as well as honor the history of our surrounding community. We believe we have achieved a design that brings thoughtfully landscaped open space to promote relaxation, honor the people who were the fabric of this area for decades, and include a recreational bocce court to pay homage to the Italian families who lived and played bocce here many years ago. We are excited to bring recreational bocce to the park as a way for the community to have some fun and get to know one another.
It has been quite an interesting experience. We have met many wonderful people who have helped us along the way. We wouldn't be opening Barnard Place Park without Councilor Flynn's vision and support.
What is the Barnard Place Park project?
The City of Boston previously owned a 2,000 sq. ft., vacant, parcel of land on Barnard Place. In 2018, City Councilor Ed Flynn, along with Joseph Backer of the Department of Neighborhood Development and Christine Poff, Director of Community Preservation, held a community meeting at the Tynan School to discuss an opportunity to build a public park with a South Boston nonprofit residents group as a Community Preservation project.
After caring for the land for more than three decades, the Barnard Place residents were very interested in developing it into useable, open space. Over the past two years we have established a nonprofit organization, secured Community Preservation funding, purchased the City's parcel, and have begun the pre-construction work to break ground in the Spring of 2021. We are well on our way to realizing Barnard Place Park to share with the community!
The Barnard Place residents hosted an on-site community meeting to discuss the Barnard Place Park project in detail. We give thanks to our special guests Christine Poff, Director, Community Preservation, State Representative David Biele, Darrah Cole, Horticulturist, Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy and Pattie McCormick, Associate Director of Development, Edgerley Family South Boston Boys & Girls Club for their support, along with the neighborhood residents who took time out of their Saturday morning to join us.
Neighborhood residents gather for the Barnard Place Park community meeting.
Pattie McCormick and neighbors listen to Evan Spencer present the Barnard Place Park project.
Christine Poff, Director of the Community Preservation addresses the crowd.
Christine Poff listens to a resident's question about the Community Preservation Act.
Representative Biele, Christine Poff and neighbors listen to a resident speak.
Horticulturist Darrah Cole shares a laugh.
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