FRIENDS OF HAYES PARK
The mission of the Friends of Hayes Park – an all-volunteer, non-profit organization working as a City of Boston Parks partner – is to maintain the beauty and utilization of James Hayes Park, in the belief that well-kept open spaces foster community and enhance the livability of cities. This group takes care of all the planting and maintenance in the park, and hosts community events there throughout the year.
Organized in 1987 to advocate for the redesign of the park, the Friends of Hayes Park is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Since the completion of the park in 1992, the Friends have worked as a “Park Partner” with the Boston Parks Department.
The Friends raise the funds required to maintain the park and foster community via membership, sponsorship and donation solicitation. Funds raised go towards garden maintenance, replacement of trees and shrubs as required, landscaping and cleanup. Members of the Friends of Hayes Park volunteer their time to tend roses, tame the ground cover, rake stone dust, pull weeds, and plant the flowers in the center bed, including the 1000 tulip bulbs that erupt in a riot of color each spring.
The Friends group also hosts free community events – including the annual May Day celebration, Summer Picnic, Harvest Fest and Holiday Caroling – and contributes to the community in other ways, such as collecting canned goods for the local food pantry and sponsoring South End Soccer and the Hayes Park Yankees, one of the South End Little League Baseball teams.
We invite you to enjoy this oasis in the city, and become one of the Friends of Hayes Park!