Green Space Advocacy
The Parents and Community Build Group, Inc. and The Ringer Park Partnership Group sponsors multiple clean-ups,
social, educational, and recreational events for the purpose of encouraging green space advocacy, respect, and stewardship
of the 12.38 acres of Ringer Park and the environment in general.
All Parents and Community Build Group and Ringer Park Partnership Group sponsored events are family friendly, free, and open to the public, encouraging volunteerism and community activism.
The Parents and Community Build Group and The Ringer Park Partnership Group have been active members of the Allston/Brighton Green Space Advocates Group since it’s inception in 2004. PCBG Executive Director Joan Pasquale represents The Parents and Community Build Group, Inc. and The Ringer Park Partnership Group at A/B Green Space Advocates Group meetings.
PCBG Inc.- RPPG. Green Space Advocacy Accomplishments, In chronological order:
Rodent Control Meeting with ISD:
On Wednesday, May 13, 2009 from 7 - 9 pm Allston/Brighton residents will have the opportunity to meet with John Meaney of Inspectional Services Department, City of Boston in the Jackson/Mann Community Center auditorium to formulate a community-wide rodent eradication plan. Residents are being asked to bring lists of addresses where they have observed rats, mice, or their burrows. The Parents and Community Build Group and The Ringer Park Partnership Group requested this meeting, and will advertise, set up, and facilitate the meeting.
Mayor's Coffee Hour in Ringer Park:
On Wednesday, May 6, 2009 from 9:30 to 10:30 am Allston/Brighton residents will have the opportunity to meet personally with Mayor Menino and raise any park issues while enjoying coffee and donuts. Local politicians and Boston Parks and Recreation Department officials will also be present. Ringer Park was chosen after multiple requests from The Parents and Community Build Group and The Ringer Park Partnership Group.
Proposal for Bike Racks-
In March 2009 The Parents and Community Build Group submitted a proposal to the "Down 2 Earth" contest, requesting that bike racks replace the clusters of newspaper boxes that are present in various Boston business districts, and that bike racks be installed in all city parks and city owned parking lots as a cost effective means of providing a safe and available option for Boston bicyclists.
Boston 60 Earth Hour-
On March 28, 2009 both The Parents and Community Build Group and The Ringer Park Partnership Group participated in Boston 60 Earth Hour from 8:30 - 9:30 pm by publicizing this event, turning out our lights, and encouraging action for energy conservation.
$25,000 for Benches in Ringer Park-
In March 2008 The Parents and Community Build Group and The Ringer Park Partnership Group secured a $25,000 donation made to the Boston Parks and Recreation Department as part of a community benefits package from real estate developer Merrill Diamond. The donation was designated for the purchase and installation of benches in Ringer Park.
Honored by the City of Boston and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department-
On January 10, 2008 The Ringer Park Partnership Group was presented with a “Certificate of Appreciation” by Thomas M. Menino, Mayor, City of Boston, and Antonia M. Pollack, Commissioner of the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, in recognition of The Ringer Park Partnership Group’s dedicated service as a Park Partner to the Boston
Parks and Recreation Department and the City of Boston.
Ringer Park Monthly Free Market-
The Parents and Community Build Group and The Ringer Park Partnership Group in partnership with the “Allston-Brighton Neighborhood Assembly” sponsors a monthly Free Market in Ringer Park as weather permits. Established in the spring of 2008 the Free Market, as a forum where household goods are exchanged without cost, has increased awareness to the benefits of recycling and has served over 250 residents. Recently a partnership with the Barbara McInnis House, a medical respite care facility run by Boston Healthcare for the Homeless, has been established to provide the McInnis House with men’s shirts, sweaters, and pants.
Allston Village Street Fair-
Since 2007 the Allston Village Street Fair is a celebration created for the community by the community, and produced by The Parents and Community Build Group, Inc. through fundraising, performance donations, and volunteer efforts.
Ashford Street Clean-Ups-
Since 2007, in collaboration with “Keep Allston Decent!”, The Parents and Community Build Group and The Ringer Park Partnership Group has assisted with regular clean-ups on Ashford street in Allston. On March 31, 2008 through the “Adopt-a-Spot” campaign, a city-owned median strip at the end of Ashford Street was adopted. The strip was cleared of dead brush, re-planted with healthy bushes, flowers, and vegetables, and mulched; a birdfeeder was placed in the sole surviving tree -- all supplies were provided by gifts made to The Parents and Community Build Group and The Ringer Park Partnership Group. The City of Boston responded to the clean-up by replacing a damaged guard rail with two weeks of the new planting. Ashford Street residents had been requesting replacement of the damaged rail for over 10 years.
Ringer Park Clean-Up-
Since April 2006, The Parents and Community Build Group and The Ringer Park Partnership Group have sponsors bi-annual large-scale clean-ups of the 12.38 acres of Ringer Park with a minimum of 150 volunteers at each clean-up event. The clean-ups take place both Spring and Fall with smaller volunteer community partnership clean-ups throughout the year.
The “Adopt a Spot” and “Not in my Neighborhood” Campaigns-
In March 2006, the PCBG sponsored a new park advocacy group “Ringer Park Partnership Group” at the suggestion of the surrounding neighborhoods. The “Adopt a Spot” anti-litter and street greening campaign, and the “Not in my Neighborhood” anti-crime campaign were established. Both campaigns engage Allston residents and business owner to take an active role in respecting and watching out for their neighbors, neighborhood, and community by cleaning the areas surrounding their property, and enhancing their property value with tree and flower plantings, and reporting crime and vandalism. Through this community wide effort Commonwealth Avenue has become considerably cleaner and greener, and the Allston business district reports a drop in crime.
Operation Clean-Sweep Annual Cleanup of Allston Village-
In November 2006, The Parents and Community Build Group and The Ringer Park Partnership Group established “Operation Clean-Sweep” for the purpose of cleaning and enhancing the Allston Village business district. By clearing the sidewalks and streets of litter and removing pole flyers, Allston becomes a more friendly area for holiday shoppers, encouraging residents and visitors to shop locally in Allston Village.
The Jackson Mann School Garden-
Since 2006 The Ringer Park Partnership Group has assisted the Jackson Mann School with the ongoing maintenance of their school’s garden bordering Ringer Park.
Police Call Box in Ringer Park-
In January 2006, the PCBG acted on behalf of the surrounding neighborhood and requested that a police call box be placed in Ringer Park. The request was prompted by ongoing problems with off-leash dogs, and some aggressive behavior by both off-leash dogs and their owners in the Park. Park use, which had been declining, increased after the police call box was installed. Off-leash dog complaints declined as well. The PCBG advocates strongly for Ringer Park to be a safe and comfortable resource while supporting multiply uses of this green space.
Ringer Park Tot Lot Playground-
On December 15, 2004 the PCGB entered into an agreement with the Boston Parks and Recreation Department for the PCBG to fundraise and design the state-of-the-art Tot Lot Playground currently installed in Ringer Park.
Hosting the Boston Parks and Recreation Department’s Park/Arts
Program at Ringer Park-
Since 2004 the Parents and Community Build Group had requested the Boston Parks and Recreation Department’s Summer Park/Arts Program for Ringer Park. On April 14, 2008 The Parents and Community Build Group and The Ringer Park Partnership Group were notified that Ringer Park had been selected for the Park/Arts Artist in Residence Summer Program and that our assistance was requested. The Parents and Community Build Group and The Ringer Park Partnership Group recruited neighborhood children, scheduled arts and crafts projects, and assisted the assigned Artist and assistants throughout the summer as well as set-up, clean-up, and arts and crafts projects. Over 60 neighborhood children attended each Thursday morning throughout July and August. The Parents and Community Build Group and The Ringer Park Partnership Group, in collaboration with the West End House Boys & Girls Club, hosted a Park/Arts Farewell Party for the attending children and Artist, with the Boston Parks and Recreation Department sponsoring a face painter and an in-park performance of “Rumplestilskin” performed by the Boston Children’s Theater.
In 2003 a rodent control partnership was initiated by PCBG/RPPG with the Inspectional Services Department of Boston to control the rodent infestation in the wooded trail area of Ringer Park and the surrounding neighborhoods. Through PCBG/RPPG sponsored neighborhood tours with city officials and rodent sighting reports, the rodent problem was eradicated in 2006. Our partnership has continued to date--sightings in other areas of Allston are reported on a regular basis by PCBG/RPPG and responded to promptly by the Inspectional Services Department.