Well-designed and well-managed parks and greenways greatly enhance the quality of life for city dwellers and make the city a more desirable place to live, work, and play. They provide a respite from the crowded conditions of dense urban neighborhoods and offer direct contact with the natural world. Many parks provide opportunities for active exercise, others for quiet contemplation, and some do both. They provide a cost-free opportunity for groups to spend the day together at a picnic, play a game of softball, or take a dip in the ocean. All urban parks provide a cool green oasis within the city – a place to relax the body and refresh the spirit.
In Boston, parks have a rich history and an exciting future. Boston has the oldest park in the United States – the Boston Common – and many of the finest examples of the work of Frederick Law Olmsted, one the leaders of the parks movement in the 19th century. Boston's linear green spaces wander along several rivers. These linear parks form the backbone of an emerging, interconnected greenway system that facilitates active transportation – walking, running and cycling. Parks are a critical part of Boston's past and a vital part of Boston's future as a world-class city.
Working with public and private partners, the Solomon Foundation identifies projects which will significantly improve Greater Boston's major public parks and greenways. We look for projects that are innovative, exciting, and might not happen without a private partner. We prioritize projects that help attract more people to the parks, especially groups that may be marginalized or left out entirely.
Partnering typically begins with a planning process that brings together government agencies, non-profits organizations, community groups, and potential contributors around an idea and common set of goals. Finding the right project is difficult to do. We rigorously test the feasibility of ideas well in advance of the design stage. At times we act as catalysts to instigate and support government action. In other instances, we ourselves will take the lead from conceptual design straight through working drawings and permits. Our government partners usually take the lead on the construction phase. Whether leading or assisting, we work closely with our partners. Each group brings their unique strengths to the partnership and shares ownership in the outcome.Each group brings their unique strengths to the partnership and shares ownership in the outcome.
The Lawrence and Lillian Solomon Foundation was founded in 2005 by Mr. Solomon, and named in honor of his parents. Mr. Solomon has had a keen interest in parks since his youth in Washington, D.C. Reflecting his recognition that the improvement of green spaces make a unique and lasting contribution to the social, economic, and environmental health of cities, he made Greater Boston's major parks and greenways the focus of the Foundation. As Director, Mr. Solomon sets the Foundation's overall direction and manages its investments. Mr. Solomon has a Juris Doctor from Boston College.
B. J. Krintzman is an attorney with a general law practice in Newton, Massachusetts. In addition to being a Trustee of the Lawrence and Lillian Solomon Fund, she is also a Trustee of The Boston Conservatory and the Boston Landmarks Orchestra and on the advisory council for the New Repertory Theater. She holds a B. A. from Vassar College, an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School.
As Deputy Director since 2005, Mr. Nolan has been responsible for conceptualizing and managing the Foundation's many park and greenway projects. He brings over 25 years of professional experience as a landscape architect and city planner. His work with design firms on both coasts of the United States has won numerous local and national awards. He places particular emphasis on cultivating the relationships and shared vision essential to the partnering approach. Mr. Nolan holds a B.S. from Harvard College and a M.A. in Landscape Architecture from Harvard School of Design.
The Solomon Foundation has n o"open grants" program and accepts funding proposals by invitation only. We do, however, welcome innovative and interesting ideas that relate to our mission of enhancing the beauty, utility, and accessibility of Greater Boston's major public parks and greenways. Please contact our Deputy Director by email at