An Emerald Evening

Thank you to all who joined us and supported An Emerald Evening

dsc_7218-emerald-eveningRecognizing his years of commitment to parks as public spaces that enhance the quality of life for all people, the Emerald Necklace Conservancy proudly presented Ben Taylor the 2016 Olmsted Award of Excellence. Taylor accepted the award at the Conservancy’s An Emerald Evening fundraiser on November 10. More than 200 people attended the event which was held at the Museum of Fine Arts.

“Ben has quietly championed Frederick Law Olmsted’s vision for a more democratic society,” said Conservancy President Karen Mauney-Brodek. “He has taken a long view on park restoration, patiently investing years, fostering community relationships and helping the Conservancy manage its resources strategically. The Conservancy has grown tremendously under his leadership as a result.”

Taylor, Chair of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy’s board of directors and former publisher of the Boston Globe, has been a strong park advocate and champion of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy since before he joined the board in 2002.  An avid proponent of the critical importance of the Emerald Necklace to sustain the quality of life in the city, Ben is one of the park’s strongest advocates and supporters.

Participating in the award ceremony were City Councilor Matt O’Malley, who read a proclamation on behalf of Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the City Council; Boston Parks and Recreation Commissioner Chris Cook; Erin Gallentine, Director of Parks and Open Space for the Town of Brookline; Conservancy President Karen Mauney-Brodek; and Michael Dukakis and Wendy Shattuck who presented the award to Taylor.

All proceeds from the event support the Conservancy’s programming in the Emerald Necklace park system.

The Olmsted Award of Excellence

The Olmsted Award of Excellence is awarded biennially to an individual or organization who demonstrates an unwavering determination to carry out Frederick Law Olmsted’s vision and commitment to urban parks. The inaugural award, made in 2013, was presented to park supporter and advocate, Sarah Freeman. The 2014 award honored former Governor Michael Dukakis.

An Emerald Evening

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November 10, 2016
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Honorary Chairs
Mayor Martin J. Walsh
Michael and Kitty Dukakis
Sarah Freeman
Matthew Teitelbaum

Host Committee


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Brooke and Jeff Cook
Wendy Shattuck and Samuel Plimpton
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