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Bill Bordy Theater at Emerson College

216 Tremont Street

Boston, MA 02116

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Come learn more about the Boston Common Master Plan!

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As "America’s First Public Park" and an oasis in downtown Boston, Boston Common is one of the most treasured green spaces in the world. The goal of the Master Plan is to create a Common that will serve the people of Boston and visitors alike while protecting this special place for decades to come.

Over the past several months, we have been deeply engaged in a conversation about the future of Boston Common. The level of engagement was significant:

  • 4,000 people completed the online survey
  • We held eight "Mini Common" pop up events on the Common and out in the neighborhoods of Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, Beacon Hill, Roxbury, Chinatown, Back Bay, and East Boston.
  • Nearly 1,200 people engaged in the “Mini Common” pop up events.

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department and the Friends of the Public Garden invite you to the first Boston Common Master Plan Open House on October 29th between 5:30 and 8pm at the Bordy Theater, 216 Tremont Street. The formal presentation will begin at 6:30 pm (see schedule below). During this "town hall" style meeting, the public will have the opportunity to:

  • Hear an overview of the Boston Common Master Plan project
  • Provide general feedback
  • Preview the initial survey results
  • Comment on specific topics drawn from community responses, such as security, programming & events, accessibility, and more
  • Learn about next steps

How can you participate? The Open House format will include opportunities for active participation as well as a slideshow presentation. The presentation will be made available on the project website at, where you can also take the survey. This is the first in a series of open houses, so please check the website for updates.

We are deeply grateful for your continued commitment to providing meaningful feedback for the Boston Common Master Plan, which is so incredibly important in shaping the future of the Common. We look forward to seeing you at this and future open houses and outreach events!


Sign-in / Open Gallery / Topical Stations: 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Formal Presentation: 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Q&A: 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Open Gallery/Topical Stations: 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Bill Bordy Theater can be accessed via the following MBTA locations:

  • 2 minute walk from Boylston Station, Green Line
  • 2 minute walk from Chinatown, Orange Line
  • 5 minute walk from Tufts Medical Center, Orange Line
  • 9 minute walk from Downtown Crossing, Red & Orange Line
  • 2 minute walk from Tremont @ Boylston Buses 15, 39, 43, 55, 57, SL5
  • 2 minute walk from Tremont & Stuart Street Buses 98, 99
  • 3 minute walk from Washington & Essex Buses 11, 15, SL5, SL5

Please note parking can be found at the following garages near 216 Tremont Street:

  • Boston Common Garage: 0 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02116
  • Ritz-Carlton Garage: 10 Avery Street, Boston, MA 02111
  • 200 Stuart Street Garage: 200 Stuart Street, Boston, MA 02116
  • Motor Mart Garage: 201 Stuart Street, Boston, MA 02116

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We create and maintain clean, green, safe, and accessible public park land and open space throughout Boston. Our department is responsible for 217 parks, playgrounds and athletic fields, two golf courses, 65 squares, 17 fountains, 75 game courts, 16 historic and three active cemeteries, urban wilds, four High School Athletic Fields, and approximately 125,000 trees, all covering 2,346 acres, 1,000 of which comprise the historic Emerald Necklace. We are also responsible for more than 35,000 street trees.


The Friends of the Public Garden has worked in partnership with the City of Boston for 49 years to restore, maintain, and advocate for the Boston Common, Public Garden, and Commonwealth Avenue Mall. The three properties are national treasures and they are located in the heart of our city. The Friends help care for 1700 trees, 42 pieces of public art, and more than 50 acres of lawn. In recent years, the organization has completed many capital projects on behalf of the city, including renovation and activation of the Brewer Fountain and Plaza by Park Street Station on the Common and restoration of the George Robert White Memorial fountain in the Garden.


Boston’s Weston & Sampson Design Studio will lead the master planning efforts for the Common. 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 this beloved park. 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.

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