For Immediate Release
May 02, 2013
Parks and Recreation
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino proclaimed Thursday, April 25 as Frederick Law Olmsted Day in the City of Boston celebrating the “superbly designed” Olmsted parks.
The proclamation states, in part, that the Emerald Necklace and other parks designed by the Olmsted firm have sustained his timeless design goals of providing a safe, relaxing environment for recreation and rejuvenation in an urban setting as well as opportunities to improve health with outdoor exercise. In addition, the open spaces Olmsted created are credited with providing critical environmental benefits including storm water recharge, tree canopy reduction of heat island effect, and clean air.
The Muddy River in Olmsted’s park system is presently undergoing a major restoration project that will improve water flow and unearth a section that has been buried for decades.