Welcome to the Saint Botolph Neighborhood Association!
We are the Association of The St. Botolph District which was developed in the 1850's as a residential neighborhood and is a historical site protected by the St. Botolph Historic District Commission. It consists of 8 blocks east to west, and its boundaries are Huntington Avenue, Copley Place, the Southwest Corridor Park and Massachusetts Avenue. The St. Botolph area was formed during the large-scale reclamation of Boston tidal lands which took place during the Nineteenth Century. In the 1850's the decision was made to fill in the Back Bay area to provide space for the expansion of the city. The filling of Back Bay, including the St. Botolph District, provided the opportunity for urban planning and residential design as it had never been previously known in Boston. Situated in the Back Bay and bordering the South End (via the Southwest Corridor Park), St. Botolph residents enjoy the benefits of easy access to many thriving commercial areas while enjoying the quiet ambiance of a comfortable residential neighborhood.
Who was St. Botolph?
It's believed that the word "Boston" is a contraction of Saint Botolph's town. Saint Botolph is the Patron Saint of Travelers and was a Benedictine monk who traveled in England in the 7th Century. His feast day is celebrated on the 17th of June! And did you know , he was a great fan of Facebook - and encourages everyone to like our Facebook Community Page - for more details click on the images below
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The Trash Task Team has been activated! They are identifying problem areas and seeking solutions for persistent trash problems. You can help straight away by ensuring your trash is put out in secure covered bins and your recycles are placed in a secure covered blue recycling bin. If you are renting, your Landlord must provide adequate bins for disposal. Our Trash Tzar is our newly appointed Vice-President Gisela Griffith and she is happy to hear from you on all things trash.
Please put your trash behind your own building and not on the street.
FREE large blue recycling bin
If you live in a building with fewer than 6 units, you can request a free 64 gallon recycle bin from the City of Boston. You can place a request through the App BOS:311, or call them at 311 or 617-635-4500.
South West Corridor Park 30 years old this Year
In celebration, they have some ambitious restoration and gardening plans in store. As a volunteer organization, 100% of all funds go directly to maintaining the Park. Your continued support is deeply appreciated and will help keep the Park looking beautiful and a place of enjoyment for all. For More Details Click Here
To donate by Pay Pal: swcpc.org
By check: Payable to SWCPC; Box 171553, Boston, MA 02117
We are all in this together, please slow the spread of Covid 19, by wearing a face covering or mask in public. If, like many of us, you are challenged in the sewing department, contact us - many generous neighbors are happy to share their designer efforts. If you have extra face masks to share, we'd love to hear from you.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has" - Margaret Mead.
We are a small and vibrant community where racism and violence has no place. We welcome open dialogue about how we can, as a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens help change the issues that directly affect our community. We welcome your thoughts. President@stbotolph.org
For safety tips, and updates of incidents and issues, head to our safety page.
Delivery Theft Call 911!
Captain Sweeney at Police District 4 has asked that every neighbor report every package theft to 911 as quickly as possible after discovery. This will allow rapid deployment of officers to look for thieves while they are still in the neighborhood before they have a chance to stash stolen items to be sold or bartered later. Captain Sweeney will alert the entire D4 force to look at these property crimes as increasing concerns and ask patrols to respond quickly. Immediate 911 calls with good descriptions will help apprehend the culprits.
We have assurances from our local police that if they get a call about a homeless person or a drug-addled person, they are not necessarily arresting them, but bringing them to get help from city services. For more details on safety issues go to the Safety page
Titus Sparrow Park Face Lift
Next year, Titus Sparrow Park will undergo big renovations. Go to Local Resources pages for more details
Help Street Cleaning be more effective
Enforcement of parking restrictions with ticketing and towing is currently suspended for street cleaning.
PLEASE sweep your sidewalks and debris around and under cars into the street the day before your street is cleaned so that the street sweepers can scoop it up the next morning. Thanks!
Leaf and Yard waste pick up started April 2020
Yard waste collection is on the first recycling day of the week. For more details click here
DID YOU KNOW… that the Midtown Hotel is closing to become the next big construction project in our area? The Midtown is slated to be torn down and rebuilt as apartments. So far, we don’t know the exact scope of the project nor the schedule of construction, but we are monitoring and plan to represent our neighborhood’s interests. We'll keep you posted on our Construction page
Whether you're planning your move, or have just arrived, check out these helpful resources below. If you are looking to reserve parking for your moving day, want to learn about resident parking permits, trash and recycling, rights and responsibilities as a resident, or voter registration, check out this helpful City of Boston resource. For safety issues click on the news updates from the Boston Police. To report something to city click on 311.
Useful Resources & City of Boston Services
Trash and Recycling:
Missed pick-up: 617-635-7573
Improper disposal: 617-635-4896
Electronics/fridge pickup: 617-635-7574
Boston Recycles: 617-635-4959
Boston Water and Sewer: 617-989-7000
Street and Sidewalk Repairs:
Department of Transportation Missing Street Sign: 617-635-3124
Department of Public Works Potholes: 617-635-3050
Sidewalk issues: 617-635-7555
Other City Services:
Rodent Control: 617-635-5352
Noise Complaints: 617-635-3850
Graffiti Removal: 617-635-3850
Leaf and Yard Waste 2020
Public Works picks up leaf and yard waste from April to December on scheduled days. They also hold drop-off events during the year. Leaf and yard waste will not be collected curbside on non-collection weeks. COVID-19 UPDATE: Due to the ongoing public health emergency, they have canceled our April leaf and yard waste drop-off dates. At this time, curbside collection remains on schedule.
Official Sources of Coronavirus information
Please use the websites below as trusted sources of information related to COVID-19: