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Friends of Mary Cummings Park, Inc.

 101 Middlesex Turnpike, Suite 6, #343
 Burlington, MA 01803
[P] (617) 549-0445
[F] --
http://www.marycummingspark.org
[email protected]
Stephen O'Leary
INCORPORATED: 2007
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 20-8841516

LAST UPDATED: 07/10/2015
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

Friends of Mary Cummings Park Inc is a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Mary Cummings Park, whose 210 acres are located in Burlington and Woburn, Massachusetts, is held in trust by Boston. The Friends organization was founded in 2007 for the purpose of helping to keep the park forever open as a public park and playground, to promote recreation consistent with the historic uses of the park, and to promote the protection of wildlife habitat and watershed.

We are the only organization dedicated to promoting this park and to protecting it for future generations.

Mission Statement

Friends of Mary Cummings Park Inc is a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Mary Cummings Park, whose 210 acres are located in Burlington and Woburn, Massachusetts, is held in trust by Boston. The Friends organization was founded in 2007 for the purpose of helping to keep the park forever open as a public park and playground, to promote recreation consistent with the historic uses of the park, and to promote the protection of wildlife habitat and watershed.

We are the only organization dedicated to promoting this park and to protecting it for future generations.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2014 to Dec 31, 2014
Projected Income $2,000.00
Projected Expense $1,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Monthly Photo Walk
  • Trail Maintenance and Park Clean-up Efforts

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2010 (%)

For more details regarding the organization's financial information, select the financial tab and review available comments.


Overview

Mission Statement

Friends of Mary Cummings Park Inc is a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Mary Cummings Park, whose 210 acres are located in Burlington and Woburn, Massachusetts, is held in trust by Boston. The Friends organization was founded in 2007 for the purpose of helping to keep the park forever open as a public park and playground, to promote recreation consistent with the historic uses of the park, and to promote the protection of wildlife habitat and watershed.

We are the only organization dedicated to promoting this park and to protecting it for future generations.


Background Statement

 

The Friends of Mary Cummings Park was founded in 2007 in response to the City of Boston’s third attempt to break the trust responsible for the park and to sell off the land for development. Eventually the attempt by Boston was thwarted. However, years of deliberate neglect to discourage its use so that no one would complain if the trust were broken left the park in a terrible state. The founding members of the group took it upon themselves to care for the park. Starting with their own tools and their own funds, they removed rusted cars and appliances and truckloads of trash, trails were eventually re-cleared and local groups were invited to take part in the park.

Since that time, it has been a constant struggle to keep the park up and running. Despite no help from Boston with the maintenance of the park, no effort by Boston to defend the Park from the effects of a potential 600 unit development in Whispering Hill Woods and an actual 32 unit development in Muller Glen that impacts the Park’s stream, Boston’s destruction of a viable building in the Park, the Friends of Mary Cummings Park have made their own way.

Now in it's seventh year of existence, The Friends of Mary Cummings Park have developed a reputation for going above and beyond to protect Mary Cummings Park. Founded by a handful of people including David Cummings a descendent of the uncle of Mary’s second husband John, this small group defied all odds to protect a park that almost had been forgotten. Aided by groups like WREN (Woburn Residents Environmental Network) and other concerned citizens they started from scratch to defend the park. They took down “No Trespassing” signs, researched the history of Mary and the park, filed a complaint with the Attorney General over Boston’s poor trusteeship, submitted an amicus brief on behalf of the Park when Woburn fought the development of Whispering Hill Woods to the Supreme Judicial Court; and worked tirelessly to spread the word on what we now call Greater Boston's Best Kept Secret-Mary Cummings Park.

With over 400 members on our mailing list, we are striving every day to bring children and adults to the park to enjoy it as Mary Cummings had intended over 80 years ago when she left her land to be "kept forever open as a public pleasure ground." Mary Cummings intentions have not yet been secured and we will continue to work until her promise is fulfilled. Please join us as we move forward towards an even brighter future for Mary Cummings Park.


Impact Statement

Top four accomplishments for this past year:

1) Maintained a trail system that covers 210 acres.

2) Held monthly photo walks on the first Saturday of every month.

3) Raised over $5,000 with a campaign.

4) Installed a kiosk at the new soccer field on Babylon Hill .

 

Top five goals for the coming year:

1) Obtain approval from appropriate officials in Woburn, Burlington, and Boston for a four-season comprehensive environmental review and wildlife inventory of the Park, Woburn’s adjacent Whispering Hill Woods, and Burlington’s Seven Springs conservation area, along with at least partial funding commitments.

2) Establish a Kids and Mary Cummings Park! program at the park that would draw children from Woburn, Burlington, Boston and the surrounding area or some combination.

3) Complete a trail marking system that ties in with Woburn’s and Burlington’s and map it so a) visitors see the 3 areas as part of a whole ecosystem the way the animals do, and b) visitors can elect to take shorter or longer trails depending on their time constraints and their children’s ages, and find their way easily.

4) Begin dialog with Boston’s new mayoral administration to have the maintenance of the park transferred from Boston's Treasury Department to its Parks & Recreation Department, or a responsible third-party agency with a proven track-record like Mass Audubon or similar entity.

5) Improve the Friends' website with a mobile-friendly version and a section that allows visitors to write comments about what they see at the Park and post photos while at the Park, so that the website becomes a vibrant place.

 


Needs Statement

1. A comprehensive 4-season environmental review costing approximately $16,000 and a breeding bird survey and a tracking survey for about $1,200.

2. Knowledgeable volunteers to design and carry out programming for children, and maintain the website, a Facebook page, and possibly tweets.

3. Funding to provide a porta-potty, ($300-600) and bus transportation to the Park from Boston for at least 4 events (approximately $1,000) (total $1,300-1,600)

4. Well-connected individuals to advocate for the Park with Boston, Northeastern University, Woburn and Burlington.,

5. Fundraising assistance to carry out projects, expand outreach, and provide seed money to purchase outright or purchase conservation easements on open space parcels contiguous to the Park.


CEO Statement

The Friends of Mary Cummings Park is a unique organization. We have become the de facto trustees of a park that up to now Boston has wanted to sell. Mary Cummings Park and the adjoining Whispering Hill Woods owned by the City of Woburn make up 285 acres of park land that together is the 10th largest protected open space inside Route 128. Yet it is probably among the 10 least known parks in the entire state. Since the 1980s when it sought to break the trust, Boston has not listed it as one of its parks. We consider Mary Cummings Park to be Greater Boston’s Best Kept Secret, and we are honored to be leading the mission to preserve and protect not only the park but Mary Cummings’ legacy.

Mary Cummings left her land and money in trust to the City of Boston specifically for maintaining her farmland as a park when she passed away in 1927. She was surely a believer in the Playground Movement that was begun in 1885 with the building of the Boston Sand Garden in the crowded North End, not far from where she lived with her first husband Dr. Hall, as she gave land to Woburn for a playground. Her second husband John Cummings was the president of the Shawmut Bank of Boston for over 30 years although he lived on a farm in Woburn. So Mary must have known Joseph Lee, the son of another Boston banker and for many years the President of the Playground and Recreation Association of America. It was to that organization she would have left her trust, if Boston did not accept her terms to keep her land as a park forever. She traveled extensively in her lifetime and thought that eventually the City of Boston would expand and annex the surrounding cities and towns like larger cities in the United States and Europe. Mary was particularly inspired by the green space and recreational opportunity for the poor at the Parc de Saint-Cloud on the outskirts of Paris, France as she refers to it in her letter to Mayor Curley urging him to accept the trust.

One woman’s foresight ended up being a singular achievement in the Greater Boston Area. With development of Route 128 and suburban sprawl, Mary Cummings Park has become an oasis of green space in an otherwise asphalt and cement world. Long gone are most of the farmland and open fields of just a couple of decades ago. The park has become one of the last outposts for the animals, birds, and plants that thrive there. If Mary Cummings Park were to be developed there would literally be no open fields left for their habitat.



Board Chair Statement

Being part of the Friends of Mary Cummings Park is not always easy. From the very start of the organization's existence the park was literally surrounded by entities that did not have the park’s best interest in mind. To be a Friend of Mary Cummings Park is to be the perennial underdog. Despite this we have held fast to our big ideas: preserving as much open space in the area and fostering the idea of a Middlesex Greenway; reducing the number of children with “nature deficit disorder” and making at least parts of the park handicapped accessible. Our volunteers, especially the most active core group, has spent an untold amount of their own time and thousands of dollars of our own money for the upkeep of the park and to cover legal costs to protect the park and adjacent open spaces.

However, we have noticed a slight change in the wind. With a new administration in Boston, some conversations with student groups at Northeastern, and good dialogue with Woburn and Burlington we feel that we are poised for the next big chapter in the history of Mary Cummings Park. This is the chapter where the park’s future is assured and the looming specter of development is permanently retired; where one of the largest parks in the region gets the recognition, care and respect that is long overdue.

It won’t be easy or quick but it will happen. It will happen because the Friends of Mary Cummings Park will continue to give voice to the park that for too long had no one to speak on its behalf. We will continue to press forward against the odds and conventional wisdom that states that you cannot change things. Things will improve for the Mary Cummings Park because we have brought about change for the good before and we will continue to do so until the park's future is secure.


Geographic Area Served

GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA

Woburn, Burlington, Boston, and surrounding area. Although Mary put her trust in Boston's hands, the will does not specify that it is only for the people of Boston. It merely states that it must be kept "forever . . . as a public pleasure ground."

Organization Categories

  1. Environment - Environmental Education
  2. Youth Development - Youth Community Service Clubs
  3. Recreation & Sports - Alliances & Advocacy

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

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Programs

Monthly Photo Walk

Monthly Photo Walk on the first Saturday of every month.
Budget  $0.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Adults College Aged (18-26 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  People who take part in the photo walk will improve their photography skills and enjoy the natural beauty of Mary Cummings Park.
Program Long-Term Success 

More people being compelled to walk the park and to appreciate what it has to offer. If more people visit the walks, the more people who can spread the word about the park, get involved, and ultimately protect it.

Program Success Monitored By  Return visitors to the walk and photos shared.
Examples of Program Success  We have had stories in two local newspapers that talk about the success of the program and how it is a great way to spend a Saturday morning.

Trail Maintenance and Park Clean-up Efforts

We get together for trail work and gatherings to promote the park and make it more accessible to all.
Budget  .
Category  Public, Society Benefit, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success      
Program Long-Term Success  major cleanup efforts, the place is beautiful again.
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success      

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

There are two programs that have been stewing for a while but have had to be put on the back burner because crises kept arising (getting Burlington to change the Park's zoning from Residential to Open Space in the face of Boston filing subdivision plans; the sale of two open space parcels adjacent to the Park; the destruction of the Recreation building built in the 1950s for Boston's grade school Summer garden program; and Burlington's attempt to take over more Park land as they did in the past with Marvin Field).

1. "Putting Mary in Her Place" This program would be developed as  modules for different levels according to the middle school and high school curricula. She was born when men were taught to "keep women in their place"and not allow them to do such things as vote. The students would turn that phrase around and put her in her "rightful place" in the many local and national historic movements and events that occurred in her lifetime. It would include the students: a) researching locations and visiting others that were part of her life, such as Oberlin College, the first to accept black students as a matter of policy where her father was teaching when Mary was born; the plaque commemorating Alexander Graham Bell to whom her nephew wrote for help when his 3 year old daughter became deaf after a high fever while his wife was one of the first women missionary doctors in China; Olmsted's home in Brookline and his Emerald Necklace; the location of the first sand lot to keep children from killed by horses and wagon while playing in the crowded narrow streets of the North End; Lynn where children paraded in the streets for the passage of the law requiring a playground in towns over 10,000 people; the Hall Memorial Library in Tilton NH that she founded in memory of her first husband, and the Boston Medical Library (now at Harvard's Countway Library) to which she donated his surgical instruments upon his death.

b) keeping an eye out for articles in the Boston Globe and local newspapers that mention events during Mary's lifetime such as the 100th anniversary of the opening of Fenway Park; the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation during the Civil War, in which her younger brother died at the age of 18 and her first husband served as a surgeon in McLellan's army before returning to Boston to serve the poor.

c) keeping a journal about their own research and site visits with their parents or school, and how these changed their view of historical events and how the events relate to movements of today.

d) creating as a class, a timeline combining the events in Mary's life with those of the world at large.

2) "The Great Wall of Cummings" This would be a lecture-ramble to learn about the geological phenomena that left huge boulders in the Cummings' fields; the techniques used to build a stone wall rising 4 feet high by 3 feet wide and straight as an arrow without mortar or mechanical machines; and how it compares to the Great Wall of China. It would include the story of the immigration of the Irish men who built the wall and a comparison of their usual treatment  and just how unusual it was for his day that John Cummings created a school for them and helped them buy their own farms.

Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Stephen O'Leary
CEO Term Start Apr 2013
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Stephen has been with the Friends of Mary Cummings Park since 2009 and has been the president of the group for the past year.
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Patrick O'Reilly Apr 2011 Apr 2013
Dr. Steven Keleti Apr 2008 Apr 2011

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The Friends of Mary Cummings Park has a great opportunity to elevate the public awareness of Mary Cummings Park and to continue to improve the trail system to make the park all the more inviting for the people who visit the park.  There are so many different areas of the park: wetlands, open fields, forest, and winding paths and meadows for visitors to enjoy.  Once people visit the park sells itself.  One of our main problems has been getting the word out enough to keep the name of the park in the papers and social media.  One of the reasons for this is, like most groups, we go through periods where we have active volunteers and we have periods where we could use more help.  We could, again like most groups, always use more financial backing to help the cause.

Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 430
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 4
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 1
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration Yes

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? No
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A

Governance


Board Chair Mr. Stephen O'Leary
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Chair Term Apr 2013 - Apr 2014
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. David Cummings Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Steven Keleti Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Catherine Moore Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Stephen O'Leary Community Volunteer Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 4
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 1
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy No
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2010 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2014 to Dec 31, 2014
Projected Income $2,000.00
Projected Expense $1,000.00
Form 990s

2012 Form 990

2011 Form 990

2010 Form 990

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
Total Revenue $1,925 $1,240 $3,506
Total Expenses $2,360 $2,306 $3,754

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $1,925 $1,240 $3,506
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
Program Expense $2,360 $2,306 $3,104
Administration Expense -- -- $650
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.82 0.54 0.93
Program Expense/Total Expenses 100% 100% 83%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
Total Assets $211 $647 $1,713
Current Assets $211 $647 $1,713
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Total Net Assets $211 $647 $1,713

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities -- -- --

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above are per the organization's IRS Form 990-EZs. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.

Documents


Impact

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1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

The ultimate goals of the Friends of Mary Cummings Park are to permanently protect the park from development while providing recreational and educational opportunities for children and adults at the park.

Mary Cummings wanted her land to “to be kept forever open as a public pleasure ground”. Over the years there have been multiple attempts by the City of Boston to sell off the land for development. The threat of development remains the number one danger to the park. Once that threat is removed our group can devote 100% of our time and energy to the recreational and educational opportunities for which Mary Cummings had hoped her park would become a haven.

We hope in the next five years to have Mary Cummings Park be under a responsible management by the City of Boston in the Parks and Recreation Department or by some other third party agency. Currently, the City of Boston refers to the park as Mary Cummings Estate and has the park managed by the Treasury Department.

Our definition of success would be the recognition and preservation of a park that has so much to offer. We envision a thriving park which plays host to soccer, lacrosse, and softball games and tournaments, nature and photography walks, regular visits by local scout troops, and gardening programs. We want people just enjoying a walk on a nice afternoon or after dinner, never having to pause to wonder if the park will be there for their enjoyment or for their children's.


2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

The Friends of Mary Cummings Park have multiple strategies in mind in order to further the best interests of the park. We have been working to re-build a cooperative relationship with the new administration in the City of Boston. We spoke at the Environment Team’s public comment event and since then have  been in touch with a member.  We also plan to meet with the new Park Commissioner as soon as the appointment is made. A positive working relationship would involve the park being transferred from the Treasury Department to the Parks and Recreation Department which would be better equipped to properly manage and oversee Mary Cummings Park. Another option would be to have control and care of the park transferred to Mass Audubon, Trustees of Reservation, Northeastern University (which has a suburban campus that borders the park), or another responsible organization.

We have maintained contact with the student environmental group HEAT at Northeastern University whose invaluable help we solicited to prevent the university from selling Whispering Hill Woods adjacent to the Park to a developer. Through their contacts we hope to kindle a desire by the university's faculty to use the combined Park and Woods for their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) initiatives including the Middle School Summer program. The Northeastern University Suburban Campus which replaced the Nike missile site in the middle of the Park has the classroom space and facilities to host such a program.

We have a monthly photo walk on the first Saturday of every month that brings in local photography enthusiasts and folks who like the idea of taking a walk in the park amidst good company. The walk serves as a way to bring a steady stream of people into the park to enjoy its natural beauty and hopefully share the photos with family and friends. We also plan on resuming our photo contest which would further bring more people into the park.


3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

The Friends of Mary Cummings is uniquely positioned to make this happen because its members, especially its core members, have the determination, creativity and historical knowledge of the park and past problems and successes. We have built many relationships with residents of Woburn, Burlington, Boston and surrounding communities. We have also made inroads with local businesses that surround the park including Oracle which reached out to put on a volunteer cleanup day at the park, and  L.L. Bean which has brought many volunteers to help with our trail maintenance days.

4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

The Friends of Mary Cummings Park will know that we are making progress every time someone visits the park and the park has not been razed and paved for a residential or business development.

When we first got involved with the Park, you would see a few people surreptitiously using the overgrown paths. After we took down the “No Trespassing” signs, the number of people who visited the park increased and people are now open about their use of the park. When we would have a table at a community event, people would ask where it was. Now they tell us “I know about the Park, I remember reading about it in the Boston Globe. “

We will measure success by the people who enjoy the park on a daily basis and attend popular photo walks that allows the beauty of the park to be captured and shared, the attendance at programs that give children the opportunity to experience and understand nature, and soon, when the soccer field opens, the number who enjoy the games and tournaments.

5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

The Friend of Mary Cummings Park most well-known success was helping facilitate the City of Woburn’s purchase of the75 acre Whispering Hill Woods from Northeastern University. This purchase not only helped preserve Mary Cummings Park but the surrounding neighborhoods from increased traffic and over-development.

We still have a lot of work to do to secure the long-term future of Mary Cummings Park. We have learned that building a coalition to preserve the park is a painstakingly slow process. We have learned that you must be prepared to follow up on every contact or lead that might help the Park. Sometimes we have let things slip past due to our core members being overworked. We need to get the word out in a more efficient way. The website, Facebook page, and overall media engagement needs to be taken to the next level and maintained more vigorously if we are to get the word out on Mary Cummings Park, Greater Boston’s Best Kept Secret.