Boston Common Won't See Tables Until the Spring

Construction on the latest phase of the renovation is due to be complete in early November, but the accompanying tables and reading room have been delayed.

It should only be a couple more weeks that Beacon Hillers have to walk around the large fenced-off section of the Boston Common.

Although they had hoped for an October opening, the Friends of the Public Garden announced this week that the latest phase of the Boston Common renovation will be finished in November.

The first phase of the project – the $640,000 restoration of the Brewer Fountain – was completed in May 2010. The current phase involves "landscape and hardscape improvements including a new storm draining system, irrigation system and pathway improvements," according to the Friends' blog

Originally, the plan had included the installation of about 30 tables – some with umbrellas – around the Brewer Fountain, a reading room, a gourmet food truck and live piano music during lunch, by the beginning of October. But that piece of the plan has been delayed until the spring. 

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John Keith October 22, 2011 at 03:31 AM
They might not get the tables in, but I've been by twice in the past two days and the workers are hard at it .... looks to be coming together quite nicely. Took a long time but the end is in sight.
Jan Paulsen October 22, 2011 at 06:03 PM
It's about time! I have asked several times about the slowness of the project and have been given a different opening date each time. The last time they told me that it should open on October 1st. Wasn't it originally slated to open in the spring of 2011? For months I have been passing by there on my way to Park Street station, and for a good long time NOTHING was being done at the site. If a paving and landscaping job took this long at someone's home, they would be very upset. The crews working on this project have many more workers, and tons of equipment. I cannot understand why it took so long! We have been a whole summer with a big piece of our "back yard" unusable. Not to mention what tourists think when they arrive at Historic Boston Common!
Marishka October 24, 2011 at 01:25 PM
We've been denied use of a large portion of the common for the summer. Hundred of thousands of people have been inconvenienced on a daly basis. It's taken way too long!


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