On January 17, 2019, Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department announced a new Master Plan for the Boston Common in collaboration with the Friends of the Public Garden. A major tourist destination, cultural beacon, and neighborhood park, Boston Common is one of the most treasured green spaces in the world. Weston & Sampson design studio was selected to lead the master planning efforts.
“Their award-winning preservation work with the Friends of the Public Garden and thoughtful restorations throughout the Common to date give them unique insight into these beloved parks. Weston & Sampson strategically develops sustainable design strategies and carefully selects materials to support their park/recreation improvement and historical/environmental restoration efforts. The firm's successful master planning work at signature parks throughout the region is a testament to their enthusiasm for and commitment to a robust and engaging public process.” – Office of Martin J. Walsh
Led by Gene Bolinger, RLA and Cheri Ruane, RLA, our landscape architects will work closely with our civil, structural, and infrastructure engineers, environmental site professionals, and stormwater experts. With a collaborative teaming approach, our plan is to deliver creative, innovative, and technically sound plans that can withstand heavy use, New England weather, and the test of time. As America’s first park and an oasis in downtown Boston, we envision a resilient Common – increasing capacity for existing and future historical tourism, recreation, and programming. Overall, we envision an atmosphere of civic access and engagement with a profound sense of place.