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By adamg - 1/22/22 - 10:31 pm
Playing hockey on the  Public Garden lagoon

The Public Garden, that is. Johnmcboston took in a match on the Public Garden Lagoon yesterday.

By adamg - 1/1/22 - 12:49 pm
Fireworks over Boston Harbor

Matt Conti had the best seat for the foggy First Night fireworks over Boston Harbor at midnight. Read more.

By adamg - 9/9/21 - 9:08 am

WHDH reports that sometime overnight, somebody knocked over many of the 2,997 American flags volunteers had put in the ground in the Public Garden as a remembrance of the lives lost on 9/11.

By adamg - 7/3/21 - 10:28 pm
Public Garden duck familiy celebrates Belarussian Independence Day

Dimas shows us Mrs. Mallard and her ducklings dressed up today for Belarusian Independence Day - the anniversary of the day the Germans were driven out of Minsk in World War II.

By adamg - 5/29/21 - 3:20 pm
Washington statue with lots of allium in the Public Garden

Chris Devers photographed George Washington surveying all the blooming allium in the Public Garden.

By adamg - 5/8/21 - 10:38 am
Swan Boat in early part of the 20th century

A Swan Boat around 1900. See it larger.

WBUR talks to folks in the Public Garden about their return.

Photo of a Swan Boat taken between 1900 and 1906. In the Library of Congress collection.

By adamg - 5/2/21 - 3:59 pm

The Swan boats formally return to the Public Garden lagoon this Saturday - good news for both visitors and for ducks - which will face a reduced risk of death from toxins released by microorganisms that are normally kept at bay by the boats' paddling.

By adamg - 11/18/20 - 9:27 am

Boston Police report arresting a man they say forced a woman from Bromfield Street to the Public Garden and then raped her there early on Nov. 8. Read more.

By adamg - 11/12/20 - 10:07 pm

BPD Investigation Update

Boston Police have released surveillance video of the man they say dragged a woman from Bromfield Street across the Common to the Public Garden where they say he raped her, around 2 a.m. on Sunday.

If he looks familiar, contact detectives at 617-343-4400 or the anonymous tip line by calling 800-494-TIPS or by texting TIP to CRIME (27463).

By adamg - 11/8/20 - 4:47 pm
Wanted man

Boston Police have released a photo of a man they say forced a woman from Bromfield Street in Downtown Crossing through the Common and into the Public Garden, near Charles and Beacon streets, where he raped her, around 2 a.m. Read more.

By adamg - 10/6/20 - 3:39 pm
Kamila Guimaraes

Kamila Guimaraes has a 9-year-old son and got married a little over two weeks ago. She was brought into Tufts Medical Center in critical condition on Thursday, and now faces a long road to recovery after being hit by flying granite when a pickup truck slammed into a pillar at Charles and Boylston Streets. Read more.

By adamg - 10/1/20 - 5:18 pm
Smashed up truck at the Public Garden

Update: Suspect arrested.; friends set up GoFundMe page for victim.

The driver of a pickup truck slammed into a granite pillar along the edge of the Public Garden at Boylston and Charles streets around 4:30 p.m., seriously injuring somebody who was walking there at the time and doing major damage to the truck and the pillar. Read more.

By adamg - 9/28/20 - 6:45 pm

Boston Police report looking for a man they say grabbed a woman and tried to rape her in the Public Garden around 6 a.m. Read more.

By adamg - 8/29/20 - 11:28 am
New water in Public Garden Lagoon

Damaskin snapped the refreshed Public Garden Lagoon, filled with fresh water after it was drained and its bottom scraped because it had turned into a duck-killing toxic pool, without the microbe-killing oxygen from Covid-19-halted Swan Boat paddling. No ducks so far, he reports.

By adamg - 8/23/20 - 1:32 pm
Scraping the bottom of the Public Garden Lagoon

Damaskin watched workers remove the gunk at the bottom of the drained Public Garden Lagoon today. When done, they'll refill the small pond with clean water that will hopefully end the threat of mass duck die-offs caused by botulism toxin in the water that had been caused, indirectly, by Covid-19 - by forcing the cancellation of the Swan Boats and their paddles, which normally would oxygenate the water, which inhibits the bacteria.

By adamg - 8/21/20 - 9:32 am
Public Garden drained due to botulism

Update: The city reports draining is now finished and muck removal begun, with the goal of having the Lagoon filled up with fresh water by next weekend.

Damaskin didn't get super close this morning to the Public Garden Lagoon, which the city is draining because of a toxic buildup of botulism-causing bacteria that has been paralyzing and killing ducks. Once all the water runs out, crews will scoop out the muck and then refill the lagoon with fresh water.

By adamg - 8/18/20 - 10:19 pm

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department reports it started draining the Public Garden Lagoon today to try to rid it of toxic grossness that has spawned several 311 complaints about dead ducks. Read more.

By adamg - 7/15/20 - 12:34 pm

The Paget family, which has run the Swan Boats in the Public Garden for decades, announces they've called off the entire 2020 season after concluding there's just no way to keep riders and employees safe in the current Covid-19 environment.

By adamg - 6/25/20 - 4:30 pm
Ice-cream truck on Boylston Street at the Public Garden.

Adam Castiglioni reports the original Boston Frosty ice-cream truck is back on Boylston and Arlington streets - and now taking credit cards.

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