Dorchester Park

Dot Park will shine this season

Dorchester Park, the 30-acre, Olmsted-designed jewel that anchors our neighborhood to the south, has a magical quality this time of year. The buds are poking out from their winter slumber, the trees are springing back to life and kids are once again swarming the ballfields and playground.

Dot Park has benefited from a tremendous civic lifeline that has grown up around it over the last two decades. The Dorchester Park Association, Inc.— led by the indefatigable Jane Boyer— has helped to program and clean the park each year and is the driving force behind a fantastic line-up of events this season, including Saturday morning’s Easter Egg Hunt (10 a.m. sharp at the tennis courts). Boyer has able and energetic help from a team of park enthusiasts, including Richard O’Mara, the owner of Cedar Grove Gardens, who has been instrumental in organizing fundraisers and helping to coordinate clean-ups and tree plantings.  Read more

Gala at UMass to benefit Dot Park

This year’s edition of the annual Dorchester Park benefit gala will continue the tradition established last year of trading the sylvan for the swanky, as organizers bring the event to the UMass-Boston’s Grand Ballroom.

Dot Park 3 will be held at the UMass venue next Friday (Sept. 18) from 6-11 p.m. Proceeds from the cocktail hour, reception, and dinner event will go toward establishing an endowment to help maintain the passive green areas of the park not currently provided for by the city’s Parks Department.  Read more

Spring cleaning begins at Dorchester Park

About 25 neighbors came out on Saturday morning, March 28, to assist in an ambitious clean-up project led by the Dorchester Park Association under the direction of Richard O'Mara, owner of Cedar Grove Gardens. The Reporter was there and brings you video showing workers clearing brush and debris from the park's interior pathway.  Read more

Landmarks Orchestra plays on, honors Dot Park

The Boston Landmarks Orchestra's musicians and audience stayed dry during Sunday's downpours by moving from Dorchester Park, now a registered National Historic Landmark, to St. Gregory School auditorium. Conductor Charles Ansbacher and his orchestra filled the gym with the sounds of George Gerswin and Antonin Dvorak as the rain fell outside. About 200 people braved the weather for the concert, which had been scheduled for Dorchester Park's upper ballfield.  Read more

Dot Park to get national historic recognition

By 
David Benoit
Dec. 18, 2007

Move over Central Park, Dorchester Park is about to be on equal footing.

In a move that the Dorchester Park Association (DPA) has been trying to make for years, Dorchester Park has been nominated for the National Register of Historic Places. In the next 45 days a bit of Washington bureaucracy will take place before the park is placed under federal protection, much like Central Park or Mount Rushmore, or any number of famous historic places throughout the country.  Read more

Volunteers create fund to help maintain Dot Park

By 
David Benoit
Jun. 20, 2007

Dorchester Park consists of 26 acres in the heart of the city's largest neighborhood. For many that green space is an oasis, a respite from the thundering concrete of busy roads and the rumbling of trains.  Read more