The Friends of the Public Garden has received several major matching challenge pledges that will spearhead a campaign to raise the additional $200,000 it needs to complete its Brewer Fountain Plaza Project on historic Boston Common.
Anne Brooke, President of the Friends, said challenge pledges of $200,000 each have been made by the Lynch Foundation and Barbara and Amos Hostetter. An additional $250,000 has been pledged by the Friendsâ€™ Green and White Ball Committee.
â€œWe are enormously grateful to the Lynch Foundation, the Hostetters and the Ball Committee,â€ Ms. Brooke said. â€œThanks to their leadership and generosity every dollar contributed by will generate matching gifts totaling more than three dollars. Itâ€™s a three-to-one match.â€
Phase one of the $4 million Brewer Plaza Fountain Project was completed in 2012. It transformed the southeast corner of the Common at Park and Tremont Streets, creating a vibrant downtown gathering spot with cafÃ© tables and chairs, quality food, lunchtime piano music, chess and checkers, a reading area, and summer jazz concerts.Â The final phase will include restoring the historic iron fence along Tremont Street, creating a landscaped edge to separate the park from the busy street and further enhancing this green oasis in the heart of the city.
Founded in 1970, the nonprofit Friends of the Public Garden works with the City of Boston to preserve and enhance Bostonâ€™s first public parks â€“ the Boston Common, Public Garden, and Commonwealth Avenue Mall. For additional information about the Friends and how you can support its work go to friendsofthepublicgarden.org.