From Lisa Ahern “We’ve struck WATER!!! What can I say, A HUGE THANK YOU!!! The Dorchester Park Association says thank you to Boston Parks and Recreation, Commissioner Ryan Woods , and City Councilor Frank Baker for making it happen…. Our water line into Dorchester Park has been started as of this morning. Now we will have a source of water for our tree program…oh….and the goats of course! Thank you also to volunteer extraordinaire , Dave Mareira , and Amy Frigulietti from Councilor Bakers office who have both worked very hard on this. Thanks to ALL of the volunteers, past, present and future…with your help we are able to make good stuff happen!! Yes you CAN make a difference …. get out there and VOLUNTEER…..your voice is heard, but only if you apply yourself and volunteer for whatever it is that you think is important”
Come and get a guided tour of Dorchester Park… hosted by Lisa Ahern…😉… and Boston Park Advocates, on Sunday October 20 at 10:00 a.m. We will Show you all the special features of the park and tell you about Olmsteds vision and design. The foliage should be spectacular that weekend so join us….!!!! And… it’ll be a DOG FRIENDLY 🐶EVENT!!!
Boston Park Advocates invites you to a tour of Dorchester Park, led by members of the Dorchester Park Association. Come learn about this hidden gem — a 26 acre, Olmsted designed park that lies between Carney Hospital and the Cedar Grove area of Adams St. Boston Park Advocates is pleased to facilitate the sharing of information and best practices to empower park activists to create excellent urban green spaces.
Won’t you join us for this free and fun event! If you’re a car person Don’t miss this Event!!
If you have an older car entry is free!!
Drive right in on the day of the show!!!
The part of the park that we will be in is the ball field on Adams St. (The google map address would be 1000 Adams St. Boston 02124)
Children’s book exchange at Dot Park
The Dorchester Park Association will host the children’s book exchange on Sunday, Sept.8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the park during the Classic Car Show.
Parents may bring books their children have outgrown to the park during the show or leave them on the porch at 42 Milton Street anytime before the show.
Boston Public Library Lower Mills branch Children’s Librarian will read stories and children are encouraged to select some of the donated books to bring home. Books remaining after the show will be distributed to homeless shelters.
The members of the Dorchester Park Association have taken the initiative to bring goats into the Park to help control the invasive weed species that are threatening to take over this historic landscape. Designed in the late 1800’s by Frederick Law Olmsted, the Park provides the people of Dorchester with exactly what Olmsted intended. A beautiful wooded forest area to retreat to in the midst of a busy urban area. Dorchester Park is well loved and well used by its neighbors .The parks 26 acres of beech and oak forest are are home to walking trails and playgrounds, ball fields and tennis courts. People and their dogs, parents and children, runners and ball teams all enjoy the benefits of this beautiful place. Invasive species such as knotweed, bittersweet, catbriar, and poison ivy are taking over the landscape. Boston Parks and Recreation does their part in caring for and mowing, plowing, maintains athletic fields etc… but there are lots of other properties for them to care for too.The Dorchester Park Association picks up where Parks leave off by planning fun community events and helping to initiate cleanups and planting , Easter Egg Hunts and Car Shows…. The Park Association members , regular people like you and I (and we invite you to join!) , see a need to control the invasive species in a safe and natural, low impact manner. Goats love to eat weeds!!! Goats don’t suffer from poison ivy! Goats work at eating weeds all day without complaining! We would like to get the goats into the park on a regular basis for 6-8 weeks at a time on a regular yearly schedule. Returning season after season can eliminate some of the under growth that’s taken decades to accumulate. Renting goats is somewhat affordable and cost effective but we need your help to keep them coming back to be really effective. $ 400 pays for one herd for one week. $100 pays for one goat for one week. $15 pays for one goat for a day. Any amount is appreciated!! Any monies collected above our goal of $10,000 will be put towards our water restoration and tree planting initiatives. We thank you in advance for your support! Let’s make a difference together and keep this special place beautiful and growing! A quote from Lisa “Please spread the word about the go fund me campaign and let’s make us a model for other community based city park projects” Here is a link to the go fund me page, any amount no matter how small is appreciated. Your support would mean a lot to me.
UPDATE as of 10/7/2018 The following article from The Dorchester Reporter
KIDS MENU: What if the Dot Park goats could stay for a while longer?
By Maureen Forry-Sorrell, Reporter Staff
October 4, 2018
Have you taken your families to Dot Park to meet the Goats-In-Residence yet? If not, you should! These hungry beasts are busy munching on excess vegetation like poison ivy and other invasive plant species. They’re cute, too.
In an effort to make these cloven-hooved guests a more permanent presence (they are supposed to end their residency on Oct. 15) the Dorchester Park Association is accepting donations to assist with costs. Go to gofundme.com/5yOmz08. Any little bit will help, though if everyone donated just $10 that would guarantee the goats would have a home with us for a few years.
The association has also commissioned beloved artist Janet Harrold (of trolley-painting fame) to create goat-themed Christmas ornaments that will go on sale at Cedar Grove Gardens this month. Ornaments will retail for $9.95 each and proceeds will go directly to the goats! Stop by Dot Park or Cedar Grove Gardens (911 Adams St.) for more info.
The goats have done an amazing job at snacking away at invasive plants and clearing away brambles and poison ivy, all while keeping children and adults entertained.
On Sunday, Sept. 9 from 10-2 antique vehicles will sparkle like gems in historic Dorchester Park for the Sixth Annual Classic Car Show. On display will be cars and trucks many visitors will remember from their youth and some that were in use early in the last century.
The sound of classic hit tunes will add atmosphere to the display of beautifully restored vehicles and a food truck will provide refreshments. Visitors can also tour the park in a horse and wagon and students from the Boston School of Music will perform contemporary and classical music. Bean bag and other games will be available for families and giant bubbles will float in the air to delight children.
Owners can register their classic cars when entering the park. The event is free for everyone.
With the towering trees, hills and outcroppings of Dorchester Puddingstone, Dorchester Park provides a view of Dorchester’s terrain before cars were invented. Designed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, creator of Boston’s Emerald Necklace and New York’s Central Park, Dorchester Park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The car show is sponsored by the Dorchester Park Association (DPA), a volunteer organization responsible for organizing the Spring Egg Hunt and other events at the park and assisting the park department with the removal of litter and leaves. This year the DPA also secured four goats with big appetites to reduce poison ivy and invasive growth at the park.
For more information about the car show or the DPA, see www.dotpark.org or Dorchester Park in Massachusetts on Facebook
Area residents will be raking leaves out of the tennis courts and removing litter from the search area at Dorchester Park on Saturday, March 24 from 8-11 a.m. in preparation for the park’s Spring Egg Hunt the following Saturday, March 31 at 10 a.m. sharp. Any voluntary help would be greatly appreciated to help to speed up the cleanup..
Anyone willing to help with the cleanup should meet at the tennis courts anytime after 8 a.m. The more the merrier.
Spring egg hunters should arrive before 10 a.m.the following Saturday because the children find most of the eggs very quickly. RTN Federal Credit Union staff will provide photos with the Easter Bunny. Both events are sponsored by the Dorchester Park Association.
The 5th annual classic car show was held this past Sunday, September 10, 2017. On a perfect day countless people of all ages had the opportunity to stroll around and admire the more than 100 antique beauties which turned the lower field into a sea of shiny colors and chrome. In addition to music and refreshments, visitors also were able to enjoy rides along the quiet paths of the park in a carriage pulled by magnificent Clydesdales.
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The classic car show will take place on the lower field along Adams Street from 10 AM until 4 PM. Free registration for the car show opens at 8 AM, and awards will be presented shortly after 2 PM. Refreshments by ester Lower Mills Dining and Richie’s slushie will be available for purchase around noon. Families are also welcome to bring their own picnic food.
Parking is available on local streets as well as in the back lot of the Carney Hospital on Dorchester Avenue, where there is also an entrance directly into the back of the park. No parking is available in the park except for display vehicles.
Admission and participation is free.
Dorchester Park’s Adams Street entrance is easily reached from Route 93 as well as from the Red Line’s Mattapan Trolley stations at Butler Street or Cedar Grove.
Exit 11 from 93 N and Exit 11-B from 93 S both end on Granite Avenue heading towards Ashmont. Take a left at the second light onto Milton Street and then the first left onto Adams Street. The Adams Street entrance to the park is about 0.3 miles from Milton Street, across from Cedar Grove Cemetery and close to Irena Road.
Note that there are 2 main entrances into Dorchester Park. The official address is 2174 Dorchester Avenue, but the Adams Street entrance is used for the day’s events. This entrance is about halfway between the Butler Street and Cedar Grove Stations of the Red Line. Maps at both of these T stations show Dorchester Park.