South Ender Gene Bolinger appointed to Boston Parks and Recreation Commission

~ Gene Bolinger, a South End resident and Massachusetts native, has been appointed an Associate Commissioner of the Boston Parks and Recreation Commission. Bolinger is a retired landscape architect who has worked to improve public parks, playgrounds, recreational facilities, athletic fields, and civic spaces for 38 years.

Upon his appointment to the Commission, Boston Parks Commissioner Ryan Woods said: "We are pleased to welcome Gene Bolinger as an Associate Commissioner. Gene's history of participation in the protection, enhancement, and expansion of Boston's amazing park and open space system aligns with our goals to help provide safe, compelling, equitable and essential park and recreation facilities to all residents of our great city."

Bolinger began his professional career as a landscape architect in 1999 at the Massachusetts-based environmental engineering firm Weston & Sampson. He established a vibrant landscape architecture practice there and helped the firm grow various business lines. He also led the transportation, architecture, and municipal facilities practices in addition to landscape architecture.

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Since 1984 he has worked on approximately 150 projects in the Boston Parks and Recreation system including the reconstruction of the first pedestrian path on Boston Common and the recently completed Master Plan for Boston Common. Bolinger retired from professional practice as a registered landscape architect in July 2022.

Upon his appointment announcement Bolinger said: "I am honored to have been named to the Boston Parks and Recreation Commission. To my core I believe that public parks are essential. Having spent my professional career as a landscape architect working to improve public parks and open space assets in Boston and elsewhere I now have a chance to contribute in a new way."

The Commission oversees the Boston Parks and Recreation Department with authority over properties in its inventory as well as reviews projects within 100 feet of a park or parkway. The Commission typically meets on the last Monday of each month.

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