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 www.patronicity.com/irvingstreetpark.
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.