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Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy

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Causes: Environment, Environmental Beautification, Parks & Playgrounds

Mission: The Greenway Conservancy is the non-profit responsible for the management and care of The Greenway. The majority of the public park’s annual budget is generously provided by private sources. The Greenway is the contemporary public park in the heart of Boston and welcomes millions of visitors annually to gather, play, unwind, and explore.

Target demographics: to welcome millions of visitors annually to gather, play, unwind, and explore in the contemporary public park in the heart of Boston.

Geographic areas served: Boston

Community Stories

93 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Allison H.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Greenway is a wonderful place to explore and unwind in Boston! There is truly something for everyone, whether you want to visit the beer garden, or if you want to bring your kids to play in the fountains. Be sure to check out the events calendar on their website because there are so many fun and interesting events happening all the time!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've done volunteer photography for the Rose Kennedy Greenway for 2 years and strongly believe they're an amazing organization. Staff are personable, easy to work with, and above all passionate about their mission. I've personally worked with a lot of non-profit organizations in the greater Boston area, but have almost exclusively volunteered for the Greenway as I feel my values align with theirs.

Jose A. S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This summer was my first time volunteering for the Rose Kennedy Greenway within their Public Arts and Art Ambassador program. Being able to meet and work with local artists and help the public engage with the installations has been deeply fulfilling- from hearing stories of people growing up with the historic Neon signs to seeing young children astonished by interactive installations, the Greenway facilitates culture and the imagination purely for the benefit of the community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My living room window views The Greenway's Ring Fountain. It's the Happiest Place in Boston. All spring, summer and Fall peals of joy erupt out of the Fountain and children aged 2 to 80 play in the fountain. Beyond the fountain, The Greenway is the bond that holds our community together. There are multiple activities daily that bring people out of our homes and create a neighborhood in the middle of what could be an autonomous city.

Cindy A.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Rose Kennedy Greenway is a great non-profit in the heart of Boston! I'm currently volunteering as an art ambassador, and it's so wonderful to connect with visitors at the park. The park truly offers something for everyone, be it the gardens, the artwork, or just a nice escape into nature while walking to the T.

Emily B.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with the Greenway for 3 years and I hope to do so for many more. I think this organization does such wonderful things for the urban environment of downtown Boston, the public art installations in particular. They are taking excellent care of the backyard of Boston and giving residents the opportunity to give back and become part of that effort.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a wonderful place to volunteer this is! Through the Rose Kennedy Greenway art ambassador volunteer program I was not only able to learn about the public art, but had the opportunity to meet the artists who created the exhibits, and also teach the public about them. There is always something new and interesting to see, and yet, enough space and greenery to immerse into nature. I highly recommend visiting the Greenway every season and following its phenomenal transformation month by month.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've only volunteered at the Greenway for one summer, but it has been absolutely lovely so far. It's exciting to be surrounded by innovative art, gorgeous plants, markets and food trucks. People really gravitate towards the Greenway because it's beautiful, it's always clean and well-maintained, it's dynamic, there's always something new to discover, and everyone who works for the Greenway is welcoming. It's a great organization and the Conservancy's work has improved the lives of tourists, Bostonians, and everyone in between.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We moved into Boston six years ago to a unit that overlooks The Rose Kennedy Greenway. What a wonderful park we found right outside our door. The Rings Fountain is The Happiest Place in Boston with children’s peels of laughter filling the air that surrounds it. As the park winds it way though Boston from the North End to Chinatown it adapts to it’s environment, picking up the flavor of the each neighborhood it abuts. We didn’t move to our new home because of The Greenway, but I now highly value this pearl.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had the pleasure to volunteer with the Rose Kennedy Greenway over the past few years, mostly working with their dedicated horticulture staff as well as fellow volunteers. The Greenway is an oasis in the heart of Boston and the organically maintained public park is a testament to their dedicated staff. I've done everything from cutbacks to bulb planting to helping re-caulk expansion joints in the granite hardscape and I always enjoy my work. The thank-yous we get from park users and passers-by is proof that the Greenway is well loved and well cared for by the great staff of the Conservancy

Donor

Rating: 5

I had been a volunteer at the Greenway from its inception. I moved from Boston one year ago, but it is still my go to place when I visit the city. The parks are meticulously maintained, there is always some new amazing art to view, and plenty of food trucks to have a delicious and reasonable meal. I have increased my membership level to continue to support everything the Greenway can bring to the citizens of Boston and beyond. Supporting the Greenway will provide the funds to maintain what has become a treasure in Boston!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a long time volunteer , I find myself amazed at how far the Greenway has come! We had a large group yesterday, and were able to transform a beautiful parcel into a pristine parcel within 3 hours. The dedicated staff are informative, helpful, and extremely organized. Not to mention very hard working! We've come a long way to making the Greenway something to be very proud of and have developed a world class institution in the city of Boston!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm both a neighbor and a horticulture volunteer and I love the Greenway on both fronts. It's fantastic that the Greenway provides not just open lawns, but real plantings and green spaces that take you out of the city and refresh your soul. It's particularly important that the Greenway's approach is organic, so it's healthy for people and the environment.

The number of activities, vendors, and art installations has really increased, and it's wonderful to see how many propel find different ways to enjoy this great space. The vision of connecting the city after the Big Dig has definitely come to fruition.

As a volunteer, I appreciate that the Greenway team puts thought and care into their volunteer program. Each session is well organized, there is good background information, and lots of sincere "than you's", so I always feel good after a horticulture work session. and now when I walk through the Greenway I can feel addition pride when I can admire the wore we have done.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have lived in around Boston for most of my life. I have seen many changes in the city, but none more great than witnessing "The Big Dig" with the destruction of the Central Artery to create the new vibrant seaport area of Boston. Reuniting Boston to its seaport has brought a new vitality to the city. The jewel in the crown is The Rose Kennedy Greenway. "The Greenway" has not only connected the old city with the new, it is also a vibrant place in its own right with beautiful gardens, areas of respite and play and many activities for people of all ages to enjoy. Walking the various parcels of The Greenway, one has a chance to feel at peace with the surroundings, yet simultaneously feeling part of the city surrounding it. Watching children play in the splashing fountains, adults picnicking on the lawns and all ages riding the carousel or enjoying the rotating art exhibits is a pure delight. As a Bostonian, I wanted to do my part being involved in the scene. With my interest in plants and landscape design, I have volunteered, along with many others, helping to keep The Greenway pristine.

The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, a nonprofit organization with a limited staff, is solely in charge of maintaining the park's many vibrant parcels and organizing its activities. Darrah Cole, Senior Horticulturist and Designer is at the helm. Darrah and her small but highly skilled staff keep The Greenway humming year-round. I was impressed with how The Greenway Conservancy was able to utilize my plant knowledge skills to provide me with fulfilling and entertaining volunteer placements. My first placement was assisting with spring clean up earlier in the season but then morphed into helping the horticultural staff with plant phenology in the summer months . The Greenway Conservancy staff keeps detailed records on each individual plant along the 1.5 miles of open land space. I highly recommend strolling through The Greenway to discover the magnitude of the area and to understand the amount of work The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy does to keep this green jewel so vibrant amongst the difficulties of being in the center of bustling city streets.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a 73 year old volunteer on The Greenway. After 50 years of working in Boston, much time spent at International Place and One financial Center, watching the subway station come down and the Big Dig completed. The Greenway is run by an absolutely incredible group of professionals and an equally incredible group of volunteers who are so devoted to this project. Because of The Greenway's proximity to the North End, City Hall Plaza, Faneuill Hall and the seaport, so many visitors stop me to thank us for our work and really love what the area offers. Boston is evolving into an even more amazing city, and we need to keep these areas of green to make our City more attractive to draw the best of the best to our City. I have lunch at the terrific food trucks located in that area as all the young workers come outside in the fresh air for lunch and a break in their workday. When you visit The Greenway, you feel as if you are in a living art studio, a venue for a myriad of artists to display works of all kinds. It is a very exciting place to be and it fills me with great joy when it is my time to volunteer. The gift I gave to myself when I retired was to join this incredible organization and help in whatever way I could to keep this beautiful living art and green space alive.

Susan Randall
Marblehead

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is my third season volunteering alongside the Rose Kennedy Greenway horticultural staff. Just last week, yes in February, we got out there and did some winter pruning. It was great!

This one and half mile stretch of parkland in Boston is an integral part of the city, not only for it's beautiful gardens and landscape, but for it's cultural richness, including art, music, mobile eats and special events throughout the year. Those of us who live in Boston are fortunate to have this gem and for those visiting from outside the city or outside the state, this is a must stop on your journey.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy on their Horticulture Projects for the last two years. I have loved every minute of being in this wonderful parkland with my hands in the dirt. It is a public green space that is more than just green, it is alive with art, music, food, activities for all ages and events that make Boston a better place.

I have a great deal of respect and admiration for the staff, especially the horticulture department, which I have worked with mostly. They are dedicated and wonderful stewards of this park. I have learned so much from them. Their knowledge has ended up in my own garden.

The Greenway is continually evolving and growing. It's a living thing that greatly enhances Boston and benefits it's people.

Plantsguy

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I moved to the Boston area in August and almost immediately I realized that the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy was ‘my kind of organization’. Operating at the highest level of professionalism in all departments means that volunteers are respected, are facilitated in their roles, and are relied upon to take care of all that makes the Greenway such a treasure. Whether it’s horticulture or art, social events or behind-the-scenes activities, the RKGC is fulfilling and fun.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer for a number of organizations, and the RKGC provides the absolute best, most organized volunteer experience of any that I've been a part of. The work, which I really enjoy, aside, the staff is helpful, supportive, and works right along side the volunteers. You quickly really feel a part of something meaningful. Besides feeling appreciated by the organization, our visibility to the public while volunteering is also very rewarding. Strangers are constantly stopping to thank us for our work.

Because of the RKGC, the Greenway has become a very vibrant area of the city, and a popular place for spending a lunch hour, taking a walk, enjoying the increasing number of art installations, and, of course, enjoying the garden areas. I can't say enough about this organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have so enjoyed my first year as a volunteer on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. The staff is extremely friendly and volunteer activities are very well organized. Since my last regular time spent in the area was in the midst of the Big Dig, it’s a real treat to see the Greenway becoming a treasured public space. I look forward to bringing visitors to the Greenway and take pride in the work that the committed, talented staff and volunteers do to keep it always welcoming and beautiful.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Greenway is a great place to volunteer because you get to see your impact firsthand. When I walk through the park with my friends, I can point to bushes I helped prune and flowers I planted--in the middle
of downtown Boston. Pretty cool!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Rose Kennedy Greenway is truly special because it has something for everyone! It is a mile and a half ribbon of respite in the middle of the city. Each parcel has its own unique identity. You can relax in Adirondack chairs in Dewey Square Park, meander along cool , shady paths in the Wharf Distict Parks, entertain children on the Greenway carousel and the Rings Fountain, just to name a few. There are exciting new works of art each year, gorgeous plantings for every season, not to mention food trucks, play structures, and special events every week. For tourists the Greenway is steps from many of Boston's most popular destinations, for city workers it is a perfect place to break for lunch, for residents it is the ultimate back yard.