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Franklin Park master plan effort latest park improvement project in Boston

City aims to spend $28 million upgrading expanse bordering Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, and Dorchester

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Boston and the nonprofit Franklin Park Coalition have announced the advancement of the first master plan since the 1990s for the 527-acre Franklin Park, which borders Roxbury, Dorchester, and Jamaica Plain.

It’s the latest park improvement effort in Boston, and it will take about 18 months to come up with that plan.

To formulate it, the city and the nonprofit have hired landscape architects Reed Hilderbrand and Agency Landscape + Planning, both of Cambridge, and Boston’s MASS Design Group.

The city has put aside $28 million for the changes that the plan is likely to recommend. That funding came from the sale of the Winthrop Square Garage, the city-owned site now hosting the construction of the Winthrop Center skyscraper.

As far as the changes that might come via the plan, those are still up in the air; but are likely to include public restrooms and other amenities, per the Globe. The plans for a master plan come on the heels of improvements to Franklin Park’s pathways and entrances.

The plans also come on the heels of a similar effort at Boston Common ahead of that park’s 400th anniversary in 2034, and an effort at Moakley Park between Dorchester and South Boston to make that waterfront expanse more climate-change resilient.