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Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy to maintain Armenian Heritage Park

Posted by Jeremy C. Fox  June 10, 2013 01:30 PM

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Children played in the Armenian Heritage Park during a heat wave on June 20, 2012.

The Armenian Heritage Foundation has selected the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy to maintain the Armenian Heritage Park on the Greenway under a new three-year contract, the conservancy announced Monday.

Opened in May 2012, the park sits between Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Christopher Columbus Park and is intended to celebrate the immigrants who have made Massachusetts their home and contributed to American society and culture.

It features a circular labyrinth walking path of granite set into grass, meant to symbolize life’s journey, and an abstract sculpture consisting of a split 12-sided shape atop a reflecting pool, meant to symbolize the immigrant experience.

James Kalustian, president of the Armenian Heritage Foundation, said in a statement released by the conservancy that he believed the conservancy would be a appropriate steward for the park’s maintenance.

“Since our community first conceived of Armenian Heritage Park as our gift to the Commonwealth and the city, we have been focused on providing an engaging experience and green open park space of the highest quality," Kalustian said.

“Having seen what an excellent job the conservancy has done in maintaining those same standards of excellence on the Greenway, we are confident that the conservancy will be the ideal maintenance partner for us,” he said.

Last year the conservancy lost out in a bid to maintain the park, Commonwealth Magazine reported. The new three-year contract between the organizations will begin July 1.

Mayor Thomas M. Menino recently presented the conservancy with a Greenovate Boston Business Award in recognition of its efforts in sustainably maintaining the Greenway. The conservancy says the Greenway is the only organically maintained public park in Boston and among only a few across the country.

Jesse Brackenbury, chief operating officer of the conservancy, said the labyrinth and sculpture have been popular additions to the Greenway since the Armenian Heritage Park opened in May 2012.

“We are looking forward to putting our best maintenance practices to work in the park so that people who come from near and far continue to enjoy the experience,” Brackenbury said in the statement.

Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation Richard A. Davey offered congratulations to the conservancy.

“The conservancy has a demonstrated record of success in maintaining open space for all of the city’s residents and visitors to enjoy, and I have no doubt they will do the same with this important tribute,” Davey said in the statement.

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