Franklin Park Coalition

Playworks Run for Recess | May 21

Join Playworks Massachsetts for their seventh annual Playworks Run for Recess presented by New Balance and Positive Tracks. An event that is fun for the whole family features a 1-mile fun run and 5K on the world famous cross country course in Franklin Park. Sign up today in support of Playworks Massachusetts and our work in 40 elementary schools across the Commonwealth.

This year, they have announced an exciting partnership with Positive Tracks that will double every dollar raised by ages 23 and under through our Run for Recess. 


Saturday, May 21, 2016 (rain or shine!)

  • -Pre-Registration and Registration opens at 9 a.m.
  • -One Mile Fun Run beings at 10 a.m.
  • -5K Run for Recess begins at 10:30 a.m.


  • -Franklin Park Playstead Field, 1 Franklin Park Road, Dorchester, MA 02121

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The Franklin Park Kite & Bike Festival | May 14

The 2016 Franklin Park Kite & Bike Festival, co-coordinated by the Franklin Park Coalition and Discover Roxbury. Bring a kite or buy one in the park. Ride your bike to the festival or rent a bike from Boston Bikes. Bike tours of the park, food trucks, craft vendors and more..

When: Sat, May 14, 11am-4pm

Where: The Franklin Park Playstead

If you are interested in having a table or being a vendor at the event, please contact mail@franklinparkcoaltion with "2016 Kite & Bike Festival" in the Subject line.

Please contact mail@franklinparkcoalition or 617-442-4141 if you should have questions.

Franklin Park Turkey Trot | November 24 2016

Enjoy Boston’s most scenic 5k on the beautiful historic paths of Franklin Park.  Run or walk the “jewel” of the Emerald Necklace to start your Thanksgiving Day! You’ll run through beautiful woods, over an old stone bridge, and past picturesque ruins. Bring everyone and make it a family event – all ages welcome. 

Great Prizes for fast finishers and costumes!

When :  November 24 9:00am

Where:  Franklin Park Golf Clubhouse,  One Circuit Drive, Boston, MA 02121

This event supports the Franklin Park Coalition’s seasonal programs: Elma Lewis Playhouse in the Park concerts, year-round volunteer days, woodlands restoration, line dancing, and fitness activities. Run to support your park!

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Salsa in Franklin Park | August 15

Join FPC (Franklin Park Coalition) on August 15th from 5-7PM for some Salsa dancing! Their will be plenty of food trucks  and activities for the kids to enjoy! Join them at Walnut Ave & School Street (White Stadium front gate). It's going to be a fantastic time. 

Elma Lewis Playhouse in the Park | July 21 - August 18th

Every Tuesday this summer (Specifically until August 28th) the Franklin Park Coalition is presenting OrigiNation & Friends for summer campers and their families starting at 11AM! There will  be food trucks, vendors and plenty of music for the kids to dance to. Later shows start ay 6PM and ALL are welcomed to the party. 

Location: ParkArts stage Stage Behind White Stadium 

When : Every Tuesday until August 18th

Historic Tour of Franklin Park | June 7

overlook shelter
Join Julie Arrison, from Historic New England and author of Images of America: Franklin Park, on a tour of Frederick Law Olmsted's prized Boston landscape. Learn about the history of the park, the Zoo, and structures that still exist within the park. Highlights include a stop at the old bear dens, the Playstead Overlook, and Schoolmaster Hill. Rain or shine. Wear comfortable shoes for walking. There will be hills and stairs.
When: Sunday, June 7th
Where: Franklin Park
Meet at the Giraffe (back) Entrance to the Zoo
Pierpoint Road, Dorchester
For more info: Call the Franklin Park Coalition at (617)442-4141 or visit

Edible Plant Walk | May 23

fpc volunteer eating edible plants

Back by popular demand, local naturalist, Pam Kristan, and members of the Boston Food Forest Coalition will celebrate the return of spring on a relaxed foraging walk through Boston's legendary Franklin Park! Pam will guide us through the many edible layers of the woods as we observe and sample late May's finest offerings: greens! Be sure to bring your tastebuds, as Pam will bring a seasonal dish or two to share with the group! Dress for for outdoor walking. Meet at Valley Gates, the dirt parking lot midway along the park road across from the golf course and next to the Pierpont Road fork. 


When: Saturday, May 23rd 11am-1pm. 

Where: Franklin Park

2010 Columbus Ave, Dorchester MA

RSVP & Questions: /617-442-4141


Franklin Park Coalition Annual Meeting | May 9

FPC logo
As the Franklin Park Coalition works to process the proposed Olympics bid using Franklin Park as the equestrian and pentathlon venue, the FPC board would like to have your help creating a filter to evaluate park projects. 
As a park community what's most important to us? What do we want to make sure to preserve? We invite you to participate in this important discussion. 
We'll talk in small groups and work together - across neighborhood, demographic, and park user groups - to identify what bonds us as community members who love Franklin Park - our own and Boston's big backyard. Please join us! We can't do this without a diversity of voices in the room.
When: Saturday, May 9th
Where: Franklin Park Golf Clubhouse
1 Circuit Drive, Dorchester

Fairy and Elf House Building | April 23

fairy and elf house building

Kids can come build houses for fairies and elves at Schoolmaster Hill! Costumes are not required but encouraged!


When: Thursday, April 23rd


Where: Franklin Park

Schoolmaster Hill

Circuit Drive, Dorchester MA

For more info: Call the FPC at 617-442-4141

MLK National Day of Service | Jan 19

last year's MLK Day group

A message from the Franklin Park Coalition: 

"Neighbors, friends, young people, and families join us as we honor the legacy and mission of Martin Luther King Jr. Engage in conversation about why civic engagement is fundamental to our communities and how issues surrounding race continue to impact us today. Afterwards, help the Franklin Park Coalition continue efforts to restore Franklin Park's 220-acre forest and keep trash out of this important community greenspace."
Bring a water bottle and a bag lunch. We'll have all the tools. Wear layers and shoes you are comfortable wearing in the park.

When: Monday, January 19, 10:00AM-3:00PM

Where: Franklin Park (Meet at the Golf Clubhouse)

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Snow/rain date: January 24th
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