Framingham Crowdsources $50,000 For New Irving Street Park

FRAMINGHAM – Today, June 25, Framingham reached its goal to crowdsource $50,000 for a new park on Irving Street.

The City needed to raise $50,000 by June 30 at 11:45 p.m. to be eligible for a matching grant of $50,000.

On May 1, MassDevelopment and the civic crowdfunding platform Patronicity  launched a new Commonwealth Places campaign with the City of Framingham to transform a vacant gravel parking lot, located one block south of Irving Square in downtown Framingham, into a much-needed neighborhood park complete with trees, flowers, benches, a winding path, a corner gathering place, and a shade pergola.

Landscape architect Christine Wilson of Copley Wolff Design Group facilitated a site visit and visioning workshop with nearby residents in fall 2018 and created a conceptual design for the pocket park using community input.  

“This park will be a welcome addition to all who live, work, or visit Framingham,” said MassDevelopment President and CEO Lauren Liss. “In addition to activating a vacant lot, the park will serve as an inviting gateway to all the shops, restaurants, and amenities located downtown.” 

Since the campaign met its goal, the project won a matching grant with funds from MassDevelopment’s Commonwealth Places program.

Learn more and donate to Framingham’s Irving Street Park project at

Commonwealth Places is a collaborative initiative from MassDevelopment and Patronicity that leverages public support for placemaking projects through crowdfunding and a matching grant from MassDevelopment.

Editor’s Note: In full transparency, Framingham SOURCE/Petroni Media Company donated to the campaign for the new park.

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: Phone: 508-315-7176

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