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 1

1920 - Ashland Start

The Boston Marathon began in Ashland, Massachusetts from 1897 through 1923 then moved to Hopkinton for the 1924 race. The course was lengthened to 26 miles, 385 yards to conform to the Olympic standard, and the starting line was moved west from Ashland to Hopkinton. Since then, the race has started in Hopkinton every year.