This post originally appeared on November 17, 2012. I reprint it today because I learned that the Norman B. Leventhal Park at Post Office Square, the subject of this essay, was just chosen as the 2014 national winner of the Landmark Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects. The prize is given for "a distinguished landscape architecture project completed between 15 and 50 years ago that retains its original design integrity and contributes significantly to the public realm of the community." In my humble opinion, no park I have ever visited so perfectly matches that description as does this one.
|Post Office Square Trellis (photo from Neal Sanders)|
I spent many years working in downtown Boston and one of my favorite places to have lunch during the summer was Post Office Square Park.
If you did not know the full story behind the park (and I did not), Neal shares it all here:
How does this apply to Franklin?
I am sure that there are others who if they have not worked in Boston, at least have visited and found the park to be a unique and enjoyable space. Given the discussions in Franklin around our downtown, what could/should be the 'gateway', our own renovations of Main St, our own treasured green space (the Town Common), and that Neal had spoken here recently, his posting popped up on my radar as worthy of sharing.