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Birch St. Pop-Up Plaza Schedule & FAQs

This week (April 30th - May 5th) Birch Street between Corinth & South Streets will be closed to cars and opened for people as we install and test the future locations of plaza elements including paving, seating, and trees. The Birch Street Pop-up Plaza is free and open to the public. We have asked people to provide feedback on the temporary pop-up design. Visit the space and give us feedback! Here is the full program schedule for the week:

WEEKDAYS DURING THE DAY:
Tuesday, April 30th - Friday, May 3rd
* Enjoy a cup of coffee, breakfast, or lunch on the patio seating provided on Birch Street.
* 12:00pm-2:00pm - Meet and greet with the designers from Merritt Chase during their outdoor office hours.
* 11:30am-1:30pm or 5:00pm-7:00pm: Give feedback directly and in-person by chatting with volunteer from WalkUP Roslindale or RVMS.

LIVE MUSIC
Thursday, May 2nd, 5:00-7:00pm: Steel Pan Drum Performance with Charleston Sarjeant
Friday, May 3rd, 5:00-7:00pm: Local musician and performer Yoni Gordon
Saturday, May 4th, 5:00-7:00pm: Chamber music with Resident Musicians & Students from musiConnects
Sunday, May 5th: 3:00-5:00pm: Singer-songwriter duo performance by The Boston Imposters

SIDEWALK SALE SATURDAY
Saturday, May 4th, 10:00am-2:00pm: Shop the street at local businesses and from local artists and makers. Lists of businesses participating: Boston Cheese Cellar, Birch St. House & Garden, Joanne Rossman- Purveyor of the Unnecessary & the Irresistible, Solera, A Shrine to Wine, Roslindale Soap Company, Fire Garden Pottery, Pop Teez, and Christoph Gervais - Twisted Tree Photography.
* 9:30am-11:00am: Outdoor office hours with City Councilor-at-Large and Roslindale Resident Michelle Wu
* 11:30am-1:30pm or 5:00pm-7:00pm: Give feedback directly and in-person by chatting with volunteer from Walk UP Roslindale or RVMS.
* 12:00pm-2:00pm - Meet and greet with the designers from Merritt Chase during their outdoor office hours.

FAMILY-CENTERED SUNDAY
Sunday, May 5th, 10:00am-12:00pm: Entertainment for all with big, giant, beautiful bubbles thanks to Mr. Vinny the Bubble Guy.
10:00am-12:00pm: Dig for Dinos on Birch Street with Birch St. House & Garden and Proof Handmade! They will have an excavation site set up on the plaza. While kids are digging for fossils, shop Proof Handmade, a local line of STEM inspired clothing for infants, toddlers and young children. There will also be an outdoor photo booth set up with dinosaur props.
* Corn-hole, hula hoops, jump ropes, and colorful chalk will be available for fun on the street
* 11:30am-1:30pm or 5:00pm-7:00pm: Give feedback directly and in-person by chatting with volunteer from Walk UP Roslindale or RVMS.
* 12:00-2:00pm: Meet and greet with the designers from Merritt Chase during their outdoor office hours.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How long will the Birch Street Pop-up Plaza be installed?
• 6 days, between Tuesday, April 30th and Sunday, May 5th.

Is the Birch Street Pop-up Plaza temporary?
• Yes, what you see this week is temporary. We are testing the location of future seating elements, trees, and paving for the future semi-permanent Birch Street Plaza.

When will the future semi-permanent Birch Street Plaza be installed?
• Late 2019.

Will the future semi-permanent Birch Street Plaza be made out of milk crates?
• No. The milk crates are temporary and are being used to quickly and inexpensively test the location of future wooden seating elements. Similarly, the tape you see on the ground is testing a future paving pattern and the wooden dowels are testing the location of future trees. The milk crates and the wooden dowels will be re-used/recycled by the City of Boston.

What will the future permanent Birch Street Plaza look like?
• A picture of the draft design is on the front of the feedback card and includes seating, trees, new paving, and overhead lighting.

How can I provide feedback?
• The design team is collecting feedback on the draft design this week. Do you have ideas for the future permanent plaza? Jot down an idea or provide a sketch on the feedback card, take a picture of your card and email the picture to Roslindale Village Main Street at director@roslindale.net.


Will parking be removed for the future permanent Birch Street Plaza?
• Yes. 12 legal parking spots will be removed for the future permanent Birch Street Plaza. Public parking in Roslindale Village is available in the municipal lot, accessible from Taft Hill Terrace, a three minute walk from Birch Street. There is also enforced 2-hour street parking to encourage parking turnover.

Who is responsible for this event?
• The Birch Street Pop-up Plaza and the future permanent Birch Street Plaza process and project is being led by the City of Boston, A Better City, and Roslindale Village Main Street. Merritt Chase has been hired as the landscape architects to lead the design and installation. Funding for the project has been generously provided by the Barr Foundation.

What has been the planning process for Birch Street Plaza?

• Roslindale Village Main Street (RVMS) has been working with the community since Summer 2018 on the pedestrianization of Birch Street, with the goals to benefit the greater Roslindale Village community and to bring more foot traffic to Birch Street.

• In Summer 2018, Birch Street was closed to traffic seven times for Open Birch Street events. Surrounding businesses provided positive feedback, including reporting increased sales and foot traffic during the events. RVMS has additional data on attendance and feedback, available upon request. Prior to 2018, Birch Street had been closed for seasonal one-day events including the Holiday Market, the Emerald Society 5K, and the Fall Festival.

• In January 2019, RVMS, the City of Boston, and A Better City hired Merritt Chase as the landscape architects to design the Birch Street Pop-up Plaza and the future permanent Birch Street Plaza.

• In February and March 2019, Merritt Chase and the stakeholder team met with Birch Street business owners and Roslindale Village residents to gather input and present initial design options.

• This week, the team is gathering feedback from the larger community and will incorporate the feedback into the final Birch Street Plaza design. The design for the future permanent Birch Street Plaza will be finalized in Summer 2019.