Parks & Open Spaces

As both Mayor and Park Director for 12 years, the City has never had a more passionate steward of its parks and open spaces than Tom Koch.  The City has undergone a renaissance of its park system through those years, much of it without costing a dime to local taxpayers thanks to a hotel and motel room tax paid for by visitors to the City. 

  • The City’s first regulation track and field facility 

  • The first state-of-the-art athletic facility for North Quincy High School at Creedon Field 

  • The reconstruction of playing fields citywide, including Cavanagh Field and Atlantic Middle School

  • New soccer fields at Cleverly Court 

  • Millions of dollars from the hotel tax for upgrades at parks citywide – including restored tennis and basketball courts, playing fields, and passive areas.  

  • The creation of dozens of acres of new open space and walking trails at Broad Meadows and Faxon Park 

  • A once-in-a-generation investment in Kincaide Park, creating new playing fields, a walking path, and a splash pad 

  • The protection of open space next door to the Adams National Historic Park. 

  • A sweeping reconstruction program at more than 20 playgrounds across the City, all financed through the Community Preservation Act. 

  • The completion of the Adams Walk at Upper Merrymount Park 

  • A permanent World War I Memorial in a formerly blighted property at the corner of Furnace Brook Parkway and Hancock Street 

  • The restoration of the green space at the Adams Academy 

  • The world-class park in the heart of downtown in the Hancock-Adams Common – all financed through state grants and the hotel room tax

  • The city’s first dog park now under construction 

  • Renovations at Veterans Memorial Stadium paid for by private partnership with the Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse

© 2019 by The Committee to Re-Elect Mayor Tom Koch. 617-773-KOCH (5624)