Boston Common Getting A Facelift

BOSTON (CBS) – The way this winter has been going, most people can’t wait for this summer.

And in Boston, there’s something to look forward to – a new Boston Common.

It’s the oldest public park in America and Mayor Tom Menino said it “needs some work done to it.”

Menino talks to WBZ NewsRadio 1030 producer Jon Maclean

“We just want to make sure it really represents the city of Boston,” Menino told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Monday.

“We’re going to have checker boards, we’re going to have games, WiFi on the Common. We’re going to bring the park – even though it’s the oldest park in America – up to the 21st century, so that people will be gathering there, young families could go there,” he said.

The $1.5 million facelift will also include a sprinkler system in Liberty Mall near the State House, the renovation of several buildings, cracked concrete will be replaced with granite and trees will be planted.

“You’ll see a real progress being made on the Common over the next several months,” Menino said.

  • Buddy

    In these lean times I guess Mumbles finds it a want rather than a need to spend the taxpayers money on something not warranted in this economy. What an idiot.

    I can’t wait until he’s gone. Where I don’t care but somewhere other than Boston!

    • CT

      Yes, don’t bother taking into account the jobs this project will create, or the workers that will remain employed because of this work.

      Also, completely disregard the potential of gained revenue this project would create. A higher quality space leads to more visitors, both local and tourist. These visitors, in return, will be spending their money on vendors, transit, and shops near by.

      This is an investment that will improve the city in the long run. 1.5 Million is small beans in the scheme of things.

      • jacie

        If you feel so strongly about it, you should fund it. Otherwise it is a waste of taxpayers money when all our schools are hurting. Mumbles is an idiot and it is certainly time for him to get out of office!

    • sammied

      Buddy, this is some thing that everyone can enjoy, free. Boston is one of the best cities in the country, because we have him as the mayor. Would you rather have Boston like Detroit or any other of the crumbling cities accros the nation? The best Boston looks and appeals to people (think tourists too), etc the more industries and jobs will come. Think of the big picture, just because you don’t like the man, he is dong a good job for the city.

    • CT


      Seeing as I am underemployed like so many others in the country, I assure I do not have the 1.5 Million needed to fund this. However, through the taxes I gladly pay, a portion of my money will go to funding this project. That is fine with me. I would also volunteer to help this project in my free time like I am currently doing with other projects around the city.

      As you are clearly passionate about the education system in Boston I would suggest you look into volunteering with them. A quick Google search turned up this site ( which may serve as a starting point for you. I hope you seriously consider this as I have found volunteering for the community to be very rewarding.

  • annmarie

    the common is way over dew for a face lift
    when i was a litle girl my mom us to take me in to the park
    to ride the swan boats and feed the birds back in the 60s

  • Annmarie

    the common is way over dew for a facelift
    when i was a litle girl my mom us to take me in to the park
    to ride the swan boats and feed the birds back in the 60s

  • Cynic

    He didn’t say anything about picking up the Trash.

  • Cynic

    I used to have a friend that worked downtown… I would often meet her for lunch. We would go to the Common,Sit on the Bench,Eat our lunch and watch the Drug Deals….Very Pleasant.

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