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Historic Tour of Franklin Park | June 7

overlook shelter
Join Julie Arrison, from Historic New England and author of Images of America: Franklin Park, on a tour of Frederick Law Olmsted's prized Boston landscape. Learn about the history of the park, the Zoo, and structures that still exist within the park. Highlights include a stop at the old bear dens, the Playstead Overlook, and Schoolmaster Hill. Rain or shine. Wear comfortable shoes for walking. There will be hills and stairs.
When: Sunday, June 7th
Where: Franklin Park
Meet at the Giraffe (back) Entrance to the Zoo
Pierpoint Road, Dorchester
For more info: Call the Franklin Park Coalition at (617)442-4141 or visit www.franklinparkcoalition.org

Franklin Park "Quiet Season" Walking Tour | March 29

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A National Park Service ranger from Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site (Olmsted NHS) will be conducting a guided walk of Franklin Park entitled “Franklin Park: A ‘Quiet Season’ Jaunt.” This 90-minute tour will meet at the Resting Place picnic tables (also known as the Shattuck Picnic Grove) across from the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital, a short distance inside Franklin Park’s Forest Hills Entrance. 

Franklin Park is considered one of Frederick Law Olmsted’s finest design achievements and a prime example of his social ideals. Walkers on this tour will learn about Olmsted’s vision for Franklin Park as they visit the landscapes of Scarboro Pond, Schoolmaster Hill, the Country Park meadow, and a portion of the Wilderness, including the “99 Steps.” They will also stop at the location within today’s park where writer and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson lived as a young man.

*Advanced registration is required by Firday, March 27th!*


When: Sunday, March 29th


Where: Franklin Park

Resting Place Picnic Tables (across from Lemuel Shattuck Hospital)

Dorchester, MA

Cost: FREE! (must pre-register)

To register: email mark_swartz@nps.gov with the number of people in your party and contact information. >> Read More

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