The Back Bay Fens (Fens) is a beautiful part of the Fenway neighborhood. The serene park setting allows for relaxation and recreation to suit all patrons needs. Fredrick Law Olmstead, who designed this park as part of the greater Emerald Necklace, described his intent:
the day's work is done, and where they may stroll for
an hour, seeing, hearing, and feeling nothing of the
bustle and jar of the streets where they shall, in effect,
find the city put far away from them..." (FLO, 1870)
While not entirely removed from the bustle of the city, the Fens has had its desired effect. Tens, even hundreds, of people gather at the Fens on a daily basis to enjoy the simple pleasantries of nature. With the recent renovation of the Roberto Clemente Field, thanks in part to the generous donations of Emmanuel College and the Yawkee Foundation, the Fens is becoming a more beautiful and durable recreation space.
The Fens, however, could be improved upon with the addition of a dog park to enhance its enjoyment by our four-legged friends. The Fenway neighborhood is home to dozens of canines who would benefit greatly from an enclosed recreation space in which to exercise safely and happily. Moreover, a dog park in the Fens could improve community relations by allowing for a more harmonious use of the park. It is important to have a park that caters to all members of our community. We all contribute to the park in some way or another, and should benefit equally.