About Friends of Christopher Columbus Park
The Mission of the FOCCP is to further the utilization, restoration, protection,
preservation, care, maintenance, enhancement, and improvement of The Park.
FOCCP's History and Purpose
This all-volunteer non-profit group was founded in July 2001 by a small group of North End and 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.
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.
Christopher Columbus Park's History
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 of 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 all this Park has to offer.