The City of Framingham has partnered with the state's economic development finance agency, MassDevelopment, to build a new public park on the south side of Downtown, which has few recreation options for residents and employees. If the Framingham community can raise $50,000 by June 30, 2019, MassDevelopment will provide a further $50,000, allowing the City to transform the vacant lot into a beautiful and functional green space.
In October 2018, the Division of Community & Economic Development and the Department of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs hosted a public workshop to bring together neighborhood residents, employees, businesses, organizations, and interested members of the public to generate and discuss design alternatives for a new "pocket park" at 150 Irving Street.
This hands-on event included design exercises, a site visit, and group discussion of what was desirable and feasible for the 0.2-acre site, currently a gravel parking lot. The session was facilitated by a professional landscape architect from Copley Wolff Design Group who synthesized the groups' ideas into a conceptual design. The proposed design calls for a flexible passive recreation space incorporating a walking path, open lawn, trees, ornamental shrubs, benches, a shade structure, and a small plaza at the corner.