Fall 2019 - Based on available funds, finalize material choices and layout. Public meeting date to be determined.
Fall 2019 through fall 2020 - Material and labor donations welcome! Contact the Parks Department with expressions of interest.
Expected fall 2020.
The City of Framingham has partnered with the state's economic development finance agency, MassDevelopment, to build a new public park on the south side of Downtown, which has few recreation options for residents and employees. The City raised over $110,000 through a Patronicity crowdfunding campaign, including a $50,000 state matching grant. The funds will allow the City to transform the vacant lot into a beautiful and functional green space.
In October 2018, the Division of Community & Economic Development and the Department of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs hosted a public workshop to bring together neighborhood residents, employees, businesses, organizations, and interested members of the public to generate and discuss design alternatives for a new "pocket park" at 150 Irving Street.
This hands-on event included design exercises, a site visit, and group discussion of what was desirable and feasible for the 0.2-acre site, currently a gravel parking lot. The session was facilitated by a professional landscape architect from Copley Wolff Design Group who synthesized the groups' ideas into a conceptual design. The proposed design calls for a flexible passive recreation space incorporating a walking path, open lawn, trees, ornamental shrubs, benches, a shade structure, and a small plaza at the corner.