Join us in celebrating our 50th Anniversary! This year, we are excited to announce transformative projects in the three parks.

The Friends has begun raising funds for these important projects, which will cost a total of $4 million. These parks are enjoyed by over 7 million people annually, and in 2020 the Friends, the City of Boston, and Weston & Sampson will embark on a Master Plan for Boston Common. Watch this space for updates and event notices throughout our 50th Anniversary Year!

To make a donation to our 50th Anniversary projects, or to become a Member of the Friends, click here.


After decades of poor functioning, we will be restoring the two fountains at the primary entrance into the Garden, as well as the overgrown landscape. We are excited to make this ceremonial entrance shine again, and enhance the landscape around the fountains with new seating. Learn more and donate.


For the first time since the Mall was create in 1865, we will design and install permanent lighting at each statue on the Mall, upgrade electrical systems and restore walkways and stonework around the statues. This will dramatically enhance the park visitor’s experience of these sculptures, and residents will enjoy a more inviting park after dark with improved lighting. Learn more and donate.


We are excited to be working with curators Now + There and artist Janet Zweig to create a temporary art installation on the Common. Zweig is the first artist-in-residence at NYC’s Mayor’s Office of Sustainability and teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University. The piece will build on the themes of common space and sustainability.