The History Behind Boston Park
Boston Commons Park, a public central park in Massachusetts which is the oldest park in USA. The park is bounded by Beacon Street, Tremont Street, Boylston Street, Park Street, and Charles Street. It was initially owned by a European settler William Blaxton, till it was taken over by Puritan founders of Massachusetts Bay Colony. The purpose of the park varied with time. Initially, it was used as a pasture for cows by a number of families, during 1630s. However, this practice lasted only for a few years since prosperous families brought more and more cows, thereby leading to over grazing.
Later on the grazing was limited to seventy cows in 1646, and was formally banned by the Mayor Harrison Gray in 1830. Before American Revolutionary War, the Boston Commons Park was a British camp. Until 1817, it was used as public hangings, which was replaced by gallows during 1769. Later on by 1713, people over the city protested against the food shortage, on the Boston Commons Park. This inturn busted out into riots attacking warehouses and ships of rich merchants. In early 1965, people again gathered on Boston Park to protest against the Vietnam War. The second breakthrough happened in 1965, which gathered around one lakh people.
Today Boston Commons Park is opened for public, both formal as well as for informal gatherings. Events like concerts, ice skating, softball games, and protest all take place here. In addition, the famous individuals Pope John Paul II and Martin Luther King Jr also have made speeches in Boston Commons Park. Apart from that Judy Garland also gave her biggest concert at this famous park, which gathered more than one lakh followers all around. In 1987, the park was declared as National Historic Park of US. Additional funds required for special events and other maintenance were provided by the Friends advocacy group of Public Garden.