About Armenian Heritage Park
Just imagine *:“We
are now standing at the edge of an extraordinary little park. Here at
mid-day, walking the labyrinth at the park’s center has attracted both
North End residents and visitors from Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Some are
thoughtfully following its meandering path while a number of children
around the path toward the water jet at its center. Some, shedding
their flip-flops, are splashing about with squeals of delight. In
contrast, many dressed for downtown’s business have settled on a bench
with brown bag lunch, clearly enjoying the activity before them.”
* A reader's response to The Big Dig's Payoff - It's Easy to Imagine the Greenway in 10 years. By Thomas C. Palmer Jr. Boston Sunday Globe Magazine, May 24, 2007
Heritage Park, a gift to the City of Boston and the Commonwealth from
Massachusetts Armenian-Americans, is located between Faneuil Hall
Marketplace and Christopher Columbus Park on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy
with key themes of the Greenway, to acknowledge the history of Boston as
a port of entry for immigrants worldwide worldwide, Armenian Heritage Park celebrates those who have migrated to the Massachusetts' shores, contributing to the richness of American life and culture.
Designed to engage children and adults, the Park consists of two key features surrounded by seating, brick paving and landscaping.
The Abstract Sculpture, a split dodecahedron, is mounted on a Reflecting Pool, represents the immigrant experience. Annually the two halves will be reconfigured symbolic of all who pulled away from their country of origin and came to these Massachusetts' shores, establishing themselves in new and different ways. The waters of the Reflecting Pool wash over its sides and re-emerge as a single jet of water at the center of the Labyrinth, representing hope and rebirth. The Sculpture and its Reflecting Pool are dedicated to lives lost during the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923 and all genocides that follow.
a circular winding path paved in granite and set in lawn, celebrates
life's journey. A single jet of water and the symbol of eternity mark
its center. Art, Service, Science and
Commerce are etched around its circle in tribute to accomplishments and
contributions made to American life and culture.
Armenian Heritage Park with its endowment for ongoing
care and maintenance, and public programs has been funded by the
generous support of individuals and organizations. The Park and its
endowed programs are a key initiative of the Armenian Heritage
Foundation, comprised of representatives from thirty-seven Armenian-American
churches and organizations within Massachusetts.