TEA to Hold Annual Meeting on May 7

The Esplanade Association (TEA) will host its 12th annual meeting at the Hampshire House, 84 Beacon St. in Boston, On Tuesday, May 7, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The meeting will highlight the work done by The Esplanade Association over the past year, as well as discus future goals and projects. Some of this year’s achievements include the implementation of a new composting program in the park, the formation of a Family Council Committee and the groundbreaking of the Eliot Memorial landscape revitalization project in partnership with the Department of Conservation and Recreation.

This year, The Esplanade Association is excited to welcome Lynden B. Miller as its Keynote Speaker. Miller is a public garden designer in New York City and director of The Conservatory Garden in Central Park, which she rescued and restored beginning in 1982. As former co-chairman of the advocacy organization New Yorkers for Parks, she has led efforts to improve parks in underserved communities in all five boroughs. Based on her belief that public open spaces with good well-maintained plantings can change city life, she has taken an entirely new approach to public horticulture by creating rich plantings that provide four seasons of interest for New Yorkers.  She has advocated for the importance of parks in cities all over the world and recently published a book on the subject entitled “Parks, Plants, and People: Beautifying the Urban Landscape.”  In response to the recent tragedy that occurred at the Boston Marathon, Miller said the people of Boston need their parks now more than ever.

Also speaking is Edward M. Lambert Jr., commissioner of the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), who will address the audience with comments about the Esplanade and the Commonwealth’s park system.

Founded in 2001, The Esplanade Association is a dynamic park friends group dedicated to restoring and enhancing the Charles River Esplanade, a three-mile park along the Charles River between the Museum of Science and the Boston University Bridge and managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).  The Esplanade Association partners with the DCR as well as with other non-profit organizations, businesses, and individuals to complete important capital projects and to establish enriching programs at the park.  Each year, The Esplanade Association brings more than 2,000 volunteers to the Esplanade to help maintain and care for the park.

To learn more about The Esplanade Association, visit www.esplanadeassociation.org or call 617-227-0365.

“This hearing should enable us to explore how best we can ‘Keep Boston Beautiful’ and provide adequate funding for our parks system,” said LaMattina.

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