Franklin Park Coalition

Franklin Park Coalition
2010 Columbus Avenue
Roxbury, MA 02119
Anita Morson-Matra

Franklin Park Coalition (FPC) is a 40 year old non-profit that serves as a voice for the preservation and activation of Franklin Park. Franklin Park was designed as a key anchor in Frederick Law Olmsted's Emerald Necklace of recreational green space. The park is located in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood. These 527 acres, the largest green space in the city, connect the adjoining neighborhoods of Jamaica Plain, Dorchester, and Mattapan. FPC programs and advocacy focus on stewardship, arts & culture, and youth & family engagement.
B.A.A. Moment 2

1935 John A. Kelley

Born in West Medford, Massachusetts as one of ten children, Kelley ran track and cross-country at Arlington High School in Massachusetts. He did not finish his first Boston Marathon in 1928, but eventually competed in a record 61 Boston Marathons. A legend of the marathon, Kelley won the 1935 and 1945 runnings of the Boston Marathon. He finished in second place at Boston a record seven times. Between 1934 to 1950, he finished in the top five 15 times at Boston, consistently running in the 2:30s. He ran his last full marathon at Boston in 1992 at the age of 84, his 61st start and 58th finish there.