The Imperative for Aspiration in Shaping Boston’s Public Realm

It was a full house again at the Friends Members Reception on October 16 at the Four Seasons. Jim Canales, President of the Barr Foundation gave an incredibly stimulating and challenging presentation entitled The Imperative for Aspiration in Shaping Boston’s Public Realm. At the end of his talk, he asked some insightful and thought-provoking questions:

  • What does public engagement with our public realm look like today?
  • How can we nurture a culture of experimentation and risk-taking in our public realm?
  • What are the ways we can best activate public space?
  • What is the impact of climate change on our parks?
  • Where do we go from here?

Our members were very energized and engaged! Executive Director Liz Vizza said “A perfect message for this time in the Friends’ life about how we must help shape the future of our three parks within the context of a world-class city.”

Thank you to our generous event sponsors the Hampshire House, Zen Associates, Inc. and Weston & Sampson. And thank you to all of our members for your continued support of our parks.

Photo credit: Michael Dwyer