Southwest Corridor Park
Southwest Corridor Park Youth + Families
A next generation of park leadership
The Southwest Corridor Park is the natural home to youth and family activities. The playgrounds, spraypools, sports facilities, gardens and open spaces, and the proximity of neighborhoods, schools, youth programs, churches, sports leagues and more, make it a natural focus for year-round activity. This page mentions some of the specific initiatives of the SWCPC and PMAC to develop a 'next generation' of park leadership.
Summer 2018: We will offer mini-grants again in Summer 2018, to support youth and family activities sponsored by nonprofit organizations, schools, churches, historical socieities or others, with applications due on May 18, 2018.
Mini-Grant Application Form: PMAC_MiniGrant_RFP_Summer2018.doc
For the past two summers, in partnership with Northeastern University and the Southwest Corridor Park Conservancy, the Park Management Advisory Council (PMAC) is offering mini-grants to neighborhood organizations to support youth and family programming. | View/download application: Mini-grant application [Word doc]
Summer 2016 activities included playground events for mothers and toddlers, painting in the park, photography, video production, arts and crafts, book publishing and youth leadership projects. Over 200 youth and adults participated in activities supported by these mini-grants, raising visibility and awareness for the Southwest Corridor Park while providing a variety of high quality park activities.
Summer 2017 activities built on the successes of Summer 2016. New projects included a Zumba series with E-13 police, a special event at JP Porchfest on 'the anatomy of a protest,' and a bike week in the Boston Explorers program for children.
Read more: 2017 Annual Report and Park Highlights
As SWCPC/PMAC members work to gather resources on our HISTORY page, we are looking at ways of engaging school and youth groups in the study of Southwest Corridor Park history. Like other local history projects, the park history can be approached through many different lenses, connecting to history, civic engagement, science/engineering and other areas of study.
We welcome community partners who would like to develop lesson plans and projects based on this park and neighborhood history. Possible focus areas include the following and more.
- Civic engagement and community organizing
- Transportation and urban development
- Environmental awareness and urban gardening
- Understanding the political process
- Use of primary and secondary sources to study local history
- Geography, maps and GIS
- Architecture and neighborhood history
Children's Garden in Jackson Sq.
The children's garden near the Lorber Family Playground in Jackson Square is a project of the SWCPC/PMAC and the RealKidz program at Bromley Heath/Mildred Hailey Apartments.
In partnership with BostonCares, many school groups and others, the SWCPC hosts volunteer days for youth groups as well as the many adult and family groups that volunteer in the park. Tasks include preparing garden beds, planting and transplanting, weeding, pruning and other garden and landscaping work.
Community Garden Coordinators Sign-in