Our Mayor, Our Hyde Park
Mayor Menino’s home neighborhood of Hyde Park is one of Boston’s hidden treasures. Head out to Cleary Square and you can find some of the best ice cream in the city, community arts performances and new restaurants integrated with long time family businesses. The neighborhood also houses a great municipal golf course, playgrounds and even the Neponset River winding through its midst. Given all these great assets, it is no wonder that the Menino family made their home here and remained here. And with new improvements on the way, many other families are looking to a new, revitalized Hyde Park.
In March of this year, Mayor Menino reopened the Hyde Park Community Center, a locus of many neighborhood activities. The renovated center will include funding toward a new teen center, kitchen, meeting rooms, gymnasium, indoor tack, and fitness center. This major improvement joins the reconstructed Hyde Park Branch Library, which has been praised by the American Institute of Architects for its design.
An active supporter of Hyde Park Main Streets, the Mayor has seen his local program grow to include more than 100 active members. HPMS is currently underway on retail plans with the Boston Redevelopment Authority for Cleary and Logan Squares.
Mayor Menino also helped provide space to the Hyde Park Arts Association for a center where artists, residents, and the youth, can take classes, rent studios, and view galleries for an affordable price. This center is vital because it makes it possible for the arts to be accessible for everyone in the community.
The Mayor’s tenure has boosted educational services in Hyde Park. His efforts transformed the Roosevelt School into a K-8, merging the Hemingway School’s campus into a two campus program to help ease transition periods for students.