• An Emerald Evening In - October 14, 6pm to 8pm

An Emerald Evening In

Honoring Mayor Martin J. Walsh

This October, the Emerald Necklace Conservancy hosts its signature biennial fundraiser, Emerald Evening, in celebration of the Conservancy’s advocacy and improvements in and for the Emerald Necklace. The universality of parks and their critical role in individual and collective health has never been more pronounced than this year, and we are proud to shine a spotlight on the 1,100 acres of Emerald Necklace greenspace that have been serving Boston and Brookline residents for over 100 years, and the organization that stewards and advocates for this park system.

This year’s Emerald Evening will take place virtually – An Emerald Evening In. Guests will be treated to a networking cocktail reception and an exciting program highlighting the work of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy and the vital role parks play in our lives – as green infrastructure, vibrant public spaces and essential elements of healthy living. We will recognize City of Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh with the Olmsted Award of Excellence for his administration’s significant capital investments in the Emerald Necklace and invite participants to delve into park topics such as caring for an urban tree canopy, green infrastructure and spatial justice. The evening will also feature a raffle, trivia questions, a special musical performance and a custom meal curated by local businesses Curds & Co. and The Urban Grape.

Join us in celebration and support of our vital urban greenspace! Your ticket or sponsorship purchase helps us restore, activate and advocate for the Emerald Necklace so that it can continue to serve Bostonians for hundreds of years to come.

The Olmsted Award of Excellence

The Olmsted Award of Excellence is awarded biennially to an individual or organization that demonstrates an unwavering determination to carry out Frederick Law Olmsted’s vision and commitment to urban parks. Prior recipients include long-time Conservancy volunteer and Olmsted Tree Society founder Janet Atkins (2018), Conservancy Board Chair Benjamin Taylor (2016), former Massachusetts Governor and Conservancy Life Trustee Michael Dukakis (2014) and parks advocate Sarah Freeman (2013).

An Emerald Evening In

October 14, 2020
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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Please contact Jamie Santuccio with questions.

TBT: Justine Mee Liff Park in the Back Bay Fens, circa 1960 and today. By covering up the Muddy River, the parking lot seen at left led to significant flooding of the Fenway area in 1996. Thanks to @CorpsNewEngland, the river, and the parkland around it, are being restored.