Saving Prouty Garden
Dear Boston Children’s Hospital,
I’m a small town girl who grew up to be a small town woman who then became the mom of a child who needs big city doctors.
My son Aidan has complex medical needs and sees several doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital. We have faith in their expertise and have been impressed with their commitment to the whole family.
Aidan had surgery at Children’s this winter. This event brought with it stressors other than just the obvious concern for Aidan’s health. I was separated from my family; there were cars and pedestrians and chaos everywhere, very different from my hometown; the alarms and lights and interruptions in the hospital are necessary but not healing. I took my breaks by walking across the street for coffee and then sitting for a few minutes at the Main Entrance. Watching the crowds of people coming and going is not particularly restful. I had no idea the Prouty Garden existed.
No idea, that is, until my dear friend came to visit us. She too is the mom of a child who receives care at Children’s. Her visit coincided with the day the doctor said I could unhook Aidan for a few hours and take him for a walk. I’m so glad my friend showed me Prouty Garden. It was peaceful and relaxing, and for just a while we were able to block out the stress of the hospital and the chaos of the city. My friend, like so many others at Children’s, expected her walks in Prouty Garden with her medically fragile newborn to be the only time he breathed fresh air. Wow. I cannot imagine having to spend that precious gift of a moment in the chaos of valet parking.
Boston Children’s Hospital has every reason to pride themselves on valuing the importance of family as it applies to the health of children. I ask you to keep this in mind and strongly request that Prouty Garden be preserved as a small bit of peace in a highly stressful environment.
The next public hearing on the Garden is scheduled for July 9 before the Boston Landmarks Commission (BLC). All interested parties are encouraged to attend the public hearing to express their views on the proposed demolition. You may submit written comments prior to the BLC hearing if you are unable to attend. Send them to:
Boston Landmark Commission
Boston City Hall Room 805
1 City Hall Square
Boston, MA 02201
or fax to (617) 635-3435
or email a PDF with signature to Elizabeth.Stifel@cityofboston.gov If you have any questions regarding the Article 85 process or the
BLC public hearing please contact Elizabeth Stifel at (617) 635-3850
UPDATE JULY 2
I have been informed that the hearing on July 9 concerns only the Wolbach Building, NOT the Prouty Garden. Your response to my previous email is overwhelming the BLC!! (Thank you so much for being so responsive, and I apologize for giving you misleading information.) Please now direct your concerns about saving the Prouty Garden to the following people. We must try to prevent the BCH from getting permits for constructing the new building. Please send your comments to the following:
Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA)
Peter Meade, Director
Boston City Hall
Boston, MA 02201
Secretary Richard K. Sullivan, Jr.
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)
Attn. MEPA Office
Dierdre Buckley, EEA No. 14964
100 Cambridge Street, Suite 900
Boston, MA 02114
or email to:
These comments are due at the MEPA office by 7/26/2013
Thank you so much for your efforts to preserve the Prouty Garden