As stewards of the LMA, MASCO’s area planning department has renovated public parks, created pocket parks, and planted thousands of trees, shrubs, and flowering plants. These help mark the area as a distinctive neighborhood of Boston and enhance the LMA for the benefit of the public.
Evans Way Park
Originally a carriage way entrance to the Emerald Necklace designed by Frederick Law Olmsted more than a century ago, Evans Way Park — owned by the city — has been refurbished in a multi-phased plan developed by MASCO and our members. Foundation, private and state funding of $486,000 has allowed significant improvements. The park’s tree canopy has been renovated and restored through the installation of 33 new trees, and pedestrian paths have been refurbished and upgraded. Amenities include new pathway lighting, benches and solar-powered trash compactors. Subsequent phases improved pedestrian connections from the park to the Fenway parklands. Enhancements included an island of roses and daylilies and installation of new pedestrian signal heads, crosswalk markings, and a handicapped ramp.
Mayor Menino’s vision to transform Huntington Avenue from an unsightly highway along the eastern edge of the LMA into a landscaped boulevard known as the Avenue of the Arts has been achieved through a multiagency public partnership. Maintenance of the avenue was taken on by the private sector in 2010; MASCO is responsible for the section from Ruggles Street to Brigham Circle. Recent improvements include planting of 26 trees including: Honey Locust, London Plane, and disease resistant Princeton Elm Trees; pruning of all trees between Ruggles and Brigham Circle; removing and replacing broken tree grates; and maintaining the irrigation system.