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The annual car show that so many have enjoyed in the past will follow the same formula that has been used before, and the basic set-up in Dorchester Park is essentially unchanged.

The classic car show will take place on the lower field along Adams Street from 10 AM until 2 PM. Free registration for the car show opens at 8 AM, and awards will be presented shortly after 2 PM. Family Fun Day activities start in the upper field at noon and finish at 4 PM. The food court connects the two areas, with coffee available for purchase earlier in the morning, and food starting later around noon. Families are also welcome to bring their own picnic food. Free horse and buggy rides will travel along the tranquil paths of the park during the afternoon.

Parking is available on local streets as well as in the back lot of the Carney Hospital, where there is also an entrance directly into the back of the park.

Remember, admission and participation for the whole day is free.

Please click “Car Show” in the menu bar for more information and directions about getting to the park.

Thanks to our friends at the IBEW and the Carpenter’s Center for their generous help in using their electronic signs along the expressway for advertising this exciting community event.



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Following the gala to be held on Friday night, September 9, the Annual Antique and Exotic Car Show and Family Fun Day will cap off this summer’s celebration of Dorchester Park’s 125th anniversary on Sunday, September 11. This free day has become an exciting community event over the past several years, and there promises to be something for everyone of all ages to enjoy.

The car show is held on the lower field on Adams Street starting at 10 AM and continuing until 2 PM, when awards are given for the best in various categories. Games and activities for all the families start at noon on the upper field and continue to 4 PM. Food will be available later in the morning and throughout the rest of the day.

So mark September 11 on your calendars and come down to the park for a great day of fun for all.


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Follow this link to reserve your seat for The Dorchester Park Gala

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Dear Friend,


This year, our beloved Dorchester Park marks its 125th anniversary and to celebrate, the Dorchester park Association is planning a gala cocktail party event in the park, with music, dancing, and small plates on Friday September 9th, 2016.  We will be hosting our usual events: a Family Fun Day and Auto Show on Sunday, September 11.


We have had similar events in years past but our goal this year is to welcome and introduce as many Dorchester residents to the wonders of the Park with a more casual event at a lower price point, while raising enough funds to continue our important work of retaining and revitalizing Dorchester Park for our community. Our goals are to re-introduce water sources in two locations brought in by our volunteers to maintain them during the critical period of establishing root systems. We are also continually working in partnership with the Parks Department to assess the health of mature trees in the Park and plan for new plantings to replace dead or dying trees. The endowment allows us to purchase and plant new trees to keep the natural forestscape.


Dorchester Park, an Olmstead designed park, has been added to the National Register of Historic Places and the Association has set its overall goal to leave  Dorchester  Park with the same foot print and design for the citizens of Dorchester in the year 2091, the two hundredth birthday of Dorchester Park.


Help us reach this goal on the Park’s 125th anniversary of the founding of the park, by contributing to the fund to maintain and improve the urban forest within the park.  This will support the weekend events including the Gala, Car Show and Family Fun Day . We hope you can help by being a sponsor of this event and we look forward to collaborating with you for this worthy cause. The sponsorship levels are listed below.
Richard O’Mara
Chair, Dorchester Park Association
Platinum $10,000
Logo on T shirts at event
Reserved Table
Centerfold ad in program
Link on our website
Recognition in signage at Gala and Sunday Fun Day
Special recognition during Gala
20 tickets to Gala
Titanium $5,000 
Reserved Table
Full page ad in program
Link on our website
Recognition in signage at Gala and Sunday Fun Day
Special recognition during Gala
10 tickets to Gala
Gold $2,500
Full page ad in program
Link on our website
Recognition in signage at Gala
6 tickets to Gala
Silver $1,250
Half page ad in program
4 tickets to Gala
Bronze $500
Quarter page ad in program
2 tickets to Gala

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Front yard gardens in Dorchester’s Melville Park neighborhood are now a palette of bright colors with fragrant roses in bloom, delicate foxglove in clusters, and bold yellow and orange lilies. But on Sunday, June 19 contributors to the Dorchester Park Association’s Summer Solstice Garden Tour were invited into the hidden gems behind the homes which included not only flowers but exotic trees, terraces, a reflection pond, gazebos, fountains, arbors, statues, a waterfall and urns. Visitors were able to meet the gardens’ creators in each cool shady oasis to discuss plants, shrubs, trees and garden accoutrements.

The tour also featured the Shawmut Garden Tunnelcap Beds near the Shawmut T Station which borders the concrete “cover” that caps the subway train tracks. Inspired by the Chelsea Physic Garden in London and designed by Maryellen Sullivan, Shawmut garden has a botanical, medicinal and educational theme with markers describing many of the plants.

Following the tour, gardeners, guests and volunteers gathered in the garden of one of the participants for refreshments.

More than 50 people toured the gardens raising $2,600 for Dorchester Park, noted organizer Lisa Ahern of the Dorchester Park Association (DPA). Designed by the firm of noted landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Dorchester Park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the official list of the nation’s historic properties worthy of preservation. Proceeds from DPA fundraisers are used to sponsor events at the park, park cleanups, park plantings and for the endowment fund established to preserve and improve the park far into the future.

“The big tent will go up in the park on September 9 for the Gala 125th Anniversary Celebration,” said DPA Chairman Richard O’Mara. The following Sunday, September 11, the popular Annual Classic Car Show and Family Fun Day will feature music, games, stories, food trucks and spectacular vehicles. More information is available at the DPA website: or on the Dorchester Park Association Facebook page.

DPA meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the summer months at Carney Hospital and a special meeting to plan the Gala will be held on Monday, June 27 at 6:30 at Cedar Grove Gardens on 911 Adams Street. All meetings are open to the public and volunteers are needed to help with the many events scheduled this year.

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All of the gardens are in the Melville Ave. area of Dorchester. This beautiful tree lined street boasts some of Dorchester’s most impressive homes. All of the proceeds from the tour go to benefit Dorchester Park, the 26 acre Olmstead designed gem that runs from Adams St. all the way through to the Carney hospital on Dorchester Avenue. The ticket price includes a wine and cheese reception in one of the gardens after the tour, from about 3 PM to 6PM.  Please spread the word to anyone who may be interested!  Garden clubs, friends, gardeners and anyone who has a love for the park and beautiful flowers are invited.

Interested people can phone or come by Cedar Grove Gardens and simply leave a check or a credit card number.  Anyone at the store can take their information, and their name will be put on the guest list.

Tickets can also be purchased on this website using the Paypal button below or at the top right of this site’s home page.

On the day of the tour they should pick up their ticket and garden location map at the curbside table on Melville Ave at the “Shawmut Station” T sign between Waldeck Street and Wellesley Park.

On the day of the tour tickets are only available curbside on Melville Avenue from 10-2. They will not be available at CGG on the day of tour.

There is no transportation. Either arrive via the T or drive and park on Melville Avenue. Everything is an easy walk from the Red Line’s Shawmut Station. Melville Avenue is a short walk north of the station along a pedestrian walkway.