Boston was home to America’s first public park in 1634 — heralding parks as a hallmark of the City — cementing Boston as an urban area for outdoor recreation. However, to create new parks in our neighborhoods and improve the beauty and restore the history of Boston’s parks—from Franklin Park and the Emerald Necklace to the beaches of South Boston’s Castle Island and the hundreds of playgrounds and ballparks in between — Boston must make a serious investment in its parks, playgrounds, and ballfields.
No tool is proven to better fund parks and recreation than the CPA. With CPA, the City will be able to better invest in enlivening and improving existing green spaces while also creating new ballfields, playgrounds, trails, and parks. Not only will these outdoor spaces help to beautify the City, it will also increase safe places for children to play, as well as reduce screen time by encouraging children to unplug and get outdoors.
CPA funds can also be used to create green spaces that help the city become more resilient to climate change impacts. Creating this green infrastructure can help manage flood risk and prepare for drought while improving quality of life and public health.
Beginning in 2000, the CPA is now a part of 161 Massachusetts communities and has helped to create over 1,500 outdoor recreation projects. By adopting CPA Boston has joined the other 172 Massachusetts communities and will reap the benefits of a fund that is committed to preserving the outdoor space that makes the City of Boston such a beautiful, active, and engaging place to be.