Boston Common

By - 12/1/15 - 12:10 pm
Zamboni on Frog Pond

The folks who oversee the Frog Pond report their Zamboni is hard at work today, getting the surface just right for the opening of skating season at 10 a.m. on Friday.

By - 11/15/15 - 1:05 pm
Paris vigil on Boston Common

Chris Lopez was among those attending the vigil for Paris that started at the Parkman Bandstand on the Common at noon.

By - 10/23/15 - 11:30 am

Boston Police report arresting two people for an attack outside the Park Street T stop that sent a man to the hospital with multiple stab wounds on Oct. 8. Read more.

By - 10/21/15 - 8:04 am
British flint found in Boston Common dig

City Archaeologist Joe Bagley is chronicling the finds from a dig at Boston Common (between the Parkman Bandstand and the Boylston T stop), which so far have included the above British gun flint from the Revolutionary era, 17th-century ceramics and clam shells and the remains of stone tools from an earlier Native American encampment there.

Steve watched the archaeologists at work yesterday: Read more.

By - 10/19/15 - 10:41 am

Since Eversource has to dig up part of the Common this week anyway, City Archaeologist Joe Bagley figured he'd use the opportunity to do a little archaeological digging first, on what is one of the city's more historic pieces of land. Read more.

By - 9/26/15 - 6:18 pm
Marijuana smoke at Boston Common

Gary Waldeck reports he just happened to be bicycling by the Common at 4:20 this afternoon while MassCann and NORML's Freedom Fest was in full toke.

By - 9/13/15 - 1:28 pm
Popcorn on Boston Common for a Red Sox game viewing

Soggy conditions seem to mean more popcorn than people on the Common today for a large-screen viewing of the Sox game, as Gustavo shows us.

By - 6/25/15 - 4:58 pm

The mayor's office today announced the city is installing sunscreen dispensers at Millennium Park in West Roxbury; Jamaica Pond; Boston Common; Christopher Columbus Park in the North End and East Boston Stadium and Memorial Park.

The dispensers, first proposed by City Councilor Matt O'Malley (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury), make Boston "the first major city in the Northeast" to offer free sun protection to residents and visitors. The city Parks and Recreation Department teamed up with the Melanoma Foundation of New England and Make Big Change to install the dispensers.

By - 6/23/15 - 8:58 am
Pope John Paul II monument tumbled over on Boston Common

Renee Graham wonders what happened to the marker commemorating Pope John Paul II's visit to the Common.

By - 5/25/15 - 11:39 pm
Revolutionaries remember the reason for Memorial Day on Boston Common

Stevil was on the Common today: Read more.

By - 5/21/15 - 9:48 pm
Sunset over Milton

MadTy watched the sun go down over Milton Landing this evening.

Vanessa Kuo watched the sunset from Boston Common: Read more.

By - 5/21/15 - 10:12 am
Memorial Day flags on Boston Common

Emily Weisberg shows us the annual flag plantings on the Common by the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund.

By - 5/8/15 - 4:36 pm

Lalalava reports she and a companion were walking across the Common near Park Street around 9:30 p.m. yesterday when a large group of teens suddenly attacked them, knocking them to the ground and beating them: Read more.

By - 4/18/15 - 5:29 pm
Swing dancing on the Common

Erica Mattison took in some swing dancing on the Common today.

By - 4/10/15 - 11:10 am

UPDATE: Delvin Dixon, 40, of Charlestown, was arraigned on a charge of vandalism this afternoon. He was released on personal recognizance, but ordered to stay away from the Common until his case is resolved, the Suffolk County DA's office reports.

Somebody with a less than reverential view towards the past - not to mention Matthew Broderick - snapped off Robert Gould Shaw's sword from the 54th Massachusetts memorial across from the State House this morning.

By - 3/27/15 - 1:35 pm
Carousel being installed on Boston Common

JC Considine spotted workers installing the carousel by the Frog Pond on the Common today.

By - 3/21/15 - 1:38 pm
Snow sculptures on Boston Common, including Olaf

Katherine Larson spotted this pair on the Common today.

By - 3/13/15 - 9:11 pm

The Friends of the Public Garden board has a simple message for Boston 2024: Get offa their lawns.

The park advocacy group, which also looks after the Common, says it's against Boston 2024's proposals to build a 16,000-seat beach-volleyball stadium on the Common and to use Charles Street and part of the Public Garden for a marathon and bicycle races.

By - 2/1/15 - 10:50 pm
Patriots fans head to Boston Common

With police keeping people out of Kenmore Square who weren't there before the end of the game, fans who just want to be part of something big are streaming towards the Parkman Bandstand.

Chris in Boston captured a large crowd on its way there.

UPDATE, 11:40 p.m. People began leaving the bandstand around 11:25 and started heading towards Kenmore Square. Some people began throwing ice chunks on Boylston Street; one car had its windshield shattered at Boylston and Ring Road.