About Us
Purpose
The purpose of FOCCP shall be to encourage, promote, enhance and coordinate efforts of residents, neighbors, area businesses and institutions, and the Department of Parks and Recreation of the City of Boston (Park Landlord) in promoting, improving, maintaining and utilizing Boston's Christopher Columbus Park.

History of FOCCP
This all-volunteer non-profit group was founded in July 2001 by a small group of North End / Waterfront business people and neighbors.  Founding members were William Lee, Chris Fincham, Christopher Carbone, Victor Brogna, Francine Gannon, Ileen Gladstone, Susanne Lavoie, Arlene Lowenstein, Deborrah Calcagno, Danny Nuzzo, Anne Devlin Tagliaferro and Dr. Selma Rutenburg.

History of the Park
Christopher Columbus Park is truly a neighborhood Park. It was created in 1974, as a result of the determined efforts of a united North End/Waterfront community.  In 1999, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s Office began working with the North End/Waterfront community on a multimillion-dollar park renovation project. This project renewed the fading lawns and made major improvements in several areas of the Park, including expanding the lawn areas, adding a dual-purpose, circular performance area and enlarging the playground.

In July 2003, Christopher Columbus Park reopened for the continued enjoyment of community residents, visitors and future generations. Our community has cherished the Park and actively participated in protecting and maintaining these four and a half acres of land on the waterfront.  

The Park’s grassy lawns, trellises, flowerbeds and abundance of shade trees make it a magnificent space enjoyed by all. The numerous benches, walking paths, and playground ensure that young and old alike can take advantage of the gifts this Park has to offer.

Mission
The Mission of the FOCCP is to further the utilization, restoration, protection, preservation, care, maintenance, enhancement, and improvement of The Park known as "Christopher Columbus Park", and/or the "Waterfront Park".

Bylaws
Click here for a PDF of the FOCCP Bylaws

Officers and Directors
  • President: Joanne Hayes-Rines
  • Vice President: Ann Babbitt
  • Clerk: Audrey Tortolani
  • Treasurer: Virginia Kimball
  • Director at Large: Joe Bono & Meghan Denenberg

Chairs of Standing Committees
  • Fundraising Chair: Sandra Harcourt
  • Horticulture Co-Chair: Robyn Reed
  • Infrastructure Chair: Ford Cavallari  
  • Membership Chair: Beverly Knight
  • Website & Internet Communications Chair: Christina Sperry

Meeting Minutes    (Click in the link to view the monthly minutes)

  • March 2014
  • April 2014
  • May 2014
  • June 2014
  • July 2014
  • August 2014
  • September 2014
  • October 2014
  • November 2014





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