MassDOT Secretary Richard A. Davey joined business and community leaders for today's official opening of Frieda Garcia Park adjacent to I-90 on Clarendon Street in Boston's South End. The park is named for long-time South End community leader Frieda Garcia.
As part of the project, John Hancock Financial donated the land valued at $5.5 million to the City of Boston, paid for the construction of the Park, and helped establish The Friends of Frieda Garcia Park fund to cover future maintenance.
“As we celebrate the opening of this park not far from the Turnpike, I am reminded of the value of public, private and neighborhood collaboration,” said MassDOT Secretary Davey. “Congratulations to the neighborhood and all the stakeholders on the creation of this new community space that will serve as a vibrant tribute to Frieda Garcia for years to come.”
Frieda Garcia Park offers play structures for younger children, landscaping including shade trees and shrubs, and perimeter seating facing Stanhope Street for neighborhood residents. An enclosure on the back of the park that separates the area from I-90 incorporates a colorful glazed masonry wall with two mosaic tile sculptures 30 feet long by eight feet high.
The Park's design process by John Hancock and coordinated with MassDOT involved community meetings and review by Boston Parks and Recreation, Boston Public Works, Boston Water and Sewer Commission, Boston Commission for Persons with Disabilities, and the Boston Redevelopment Authority.