Boston Park Rangers Program, 1981-1988.
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The Boston Park Rangers program was based on the urban ranger program in New York City and operated seasonally from 1982 until 1988. During the first year, Boston Park Rangers patrolled the Boston Common, the Public Garden, the Commonwealth Avenue Mall, and the Arnold Arboretum. That first year the Boston Park Ranger Mounted Unit, which was established through a coordinated effort with the Boston Police Department and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, patrolled the Arboretum on horseback. In the following years the Ranger program was expanded to include Franklin Park, Jamaica Pond and the Back Bay Fens.
The Mounted Park Rangers patrol all nine parks in the Emerald Necklace: Boston Garden, Boston Common, Commonwealth Avenue Mall, Back Bay Fens, the Riverway, Olmsted Park, Jamaica Pond, Arnold Arboretum and Franklin Park and have been supported, in part, by The Friends of the Boston Park Rangers Mounted Unit which was formed in 2010. The Park Rangers Program provides year round security and safety, visitor services, resource management and interpretive programming not only in the nine Emerald Necklace parks, but also in Boston’s historic burying grounds, neighborhood parks and playgrounds.
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- Boston Park Rangers Program records : Guide.
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