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New Meetup: Early Spring Walk in the Woods @ Franklin Park Coalition, Franklin Park Zoo

From: T.J. M.
Sent on: Thursday, March 19, 2009 12:38 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Nerd Fun - Boston!

What: Early Spring Walk in the Woods @ Franklin Park Coalition, Franklin Park Zoo

When: March 28,[masked]:00 AM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: Early Spring Walk in the Woods, Free

From the Franklin Park Coalition Calendar of Events:

"Explore while the views are still open, learn park history, view historic ruins, and revel in spring buds. Meet at the rear Zoo entrance"

... The nearby parking lot is at Humboldt Ave & Seaver Street, with the Pedestrian entrance more near the intersection of Seaver St. & Elm Hill Ave. It looks like it is 1.25 miles walking from the Green Street stop on the Orange Line. [ Walking Directions:,-71.107421&daddr=MA-28%2FSeaver+St&geocode=%3BFT6ZhQId4jfD-w&hl=en&gl=us&mra=dme&mrcr=0&mrsp=0&sz=15&dirflg=w&sll=42.30631,-71.102865&sspn=0.023804,0.038452&ie=UTF8&z=15 ], and they have a parking lot right by that rear entrance.

Where to meet:

T.J. Maher will be off to the side of the pedestrian entrance. T.J. is 5 foot 7, with short brown hair, blue eyes, and will have a red MEETUP sign on his black messenger bag. The nametags will be left at home. He doesn't want to be mistaken for a tour guide. Not here, anyway.

About "Franklin Park Coalition Events":

"Cell phone day of event:[masked] for information & directions. All events are free unless otherwise noted. It's helpful to know how many people will be joining us for an FPC event - send an email to RSVP - [address removed]"

... I just want to go for the walk. If you want, a group can form to investigate the Franklin Park Zoo.

Map of Franklin Park (and street map ):

The FPC-Blog :

"If you were in Franklin Park last weekend for a leisurely walk, you were probably there with thousands of cross country runners and spectators, a busy Zoo, active tennis and basketball courts, the Emerald Necklace half-marathon, a full golf course, and many dog walkers. The cars can be more overwhelming than the people scattered across the vast 527-acre landscape.

"How to manage the growing use of Franklin Park is a huge challenge. The Park Rangers direct traffic, the Permitting Office of the Boston Parks Department makes sure there aren't too many events on any given day, and park facilities - like the Zoo, the golf course, and the tennis association have their regular weekend hours and activities. But it means that Franklin Park is the most visited park in the city in terms of annual numbers. Of course, the nicer the weather, the busier it gets!"

Directions by MBTA:
There is a complex set of instructions at ... it appears you can choose to walk from the nearby Green street stop, or take one of the many buses there. Or you can follow the Google Map link I created up top. Either or.

From Route 93 North or South (Southeast Expressway):
"Take Exit 15 for Columbia Road. From 93 North turn left onto Columbia Road; from 93 South turn right onto Columbia Road. At third light bear left for 0.3 miles continuing on Columbia Road. Continue on Columbia Road for 1.9 miles. Go straight across Blue Hill Avenue and into Franklin Park.

"If using Mapquest or Google map, type in: Franklin Park Road or Jewish War Veterans Drive Boston"

About the Franklin Park Zoo:

"Franklin Park Zoo is a 72-acre site nestled in Boston?s historic Franklin Park, long considered the 'crown jewel' of Frederick Law Olmsted?s Emerald Necklace Park System. The Zoo was founded in 1913 and was managed by the City of Boston until 1958, when the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC), a state agency, assumed management. The MDC managed the Zoos until 1991, when Governor William Weld signed legislation to create the private Commonwealth Zoological Corporation (CZC). In July of 1997 the CZC changed its name to Zoo New England to reflect the changing image of the Zoos".

About Winter Visits to the Zoo:

"While the Zoo is open year-round, not all of our animals are able to be on exhibit each day during the winter. Depending on weather conditions, zookeepers may decide to keep some of our animals indoors to protect their health and safety. On these days, we hope you will enjoy visiting our indoor exhibits found in Bird?s World, Little Critters, Franklin Farm Barn and the signature Tropical Forest:.

$2.00 Coupon off admission price:

Zoo hours:
* Oct.1 ? Mar. 31: Daily 10 a.m. ? 4 p.m.

Zoo prices: $12.00

"Admission to Franklin Park Zoo is 1/2 off the regular price on the first Saturday of each month 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m".

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