On Wednesday, July 2nd at 6:00 p.m. a National Park Service ranger from Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site will be conducting a guided walk of Franklin Park entitled "Country in the City." This two- hour walking tour meets at the Resting Place picnic tables across from the Lemuel Shattauck Hospital, a short distance inside Franklin Park's Forest Hills Entrance. It will be held rain or shine and is free and open to the public. No advance reservations are necessary. For more information about this walk, please call Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site at 617-566-1689 extension 216.
Franklin Park is considered one of Frederick Law Olmsted's finest design achievements and a prime example of his social ideals. Walkers on this tour will learn about Olmsted's vision for Franklin Parks they visit the landscapes of Scarboro Pond, Schoolmaster HIll, the Country Park meadow, and a portion of the Wilderness, including the "99 Steps." They will also stop at the location within today's park where writer and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson lived as a young man.
Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, sponsor of this walk, was the home and office of America's premier parkmaker and the designer of the Emerald Necklace park system. It is now administered by the National Park Service as one of its 397 sites around the United States. THe site offers regular tours of the historic Olmsted design office and Olmsted - designed grounds Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. For further information of Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, the site tour schedule, and other off-site walking tours this summer, please visit www.nps.gov/frla  or call 617-566-1689 extension 215