A First Look at the Second Release of a Six Part Series!
Every summer, the Emerald Necklace Conservancy employs urban youth to help with park maintenance and restoration via the Green Team Youth Program. Through the Stories Project, I was fortunate enough to visit with a few of the Green Teamers this summer. After spending lunch with them, chatting with them for a few hours and hearing out their personal stories, I left with a feeling of how powerful such an experience can be in a “city kid’s” life. See for yourself – watch “Mad Mike” Michael O’Sullivan, “B-Doggie” Bradley Ortiz, and Josie Bergersen-Lewis recount how their summer with the Green Team has helped them meet new people, form new friendships, expose them to exciting outdoor adventures, and build character and work ethic.
See last week’s premiere here – Marylin Rodriguez and the Franklin Park Hispanic Baseball League
Now Playing in High Def on a Computer Near You!
Welcome to the first official online video premiere of my summer project! Over the past several months, I have served the roles of film-maker, cameraman, writer, journalist, video producer, editor, and web-developer for the Emerald Necklace Conservancy. What started as one man’s vision to build awareness and appreciation of our city parks through video and media has transformed into an archive of touching, endearing, and compelling stories from Boston’s historic Emerald Necklace. Over the next six weeks I will individually unveil and present each story as a weekly publication on IGORoamandreport. More about the Stories Project here.
First up, Marilyn Rodriguez. Marilyn revisits childhood memories at the Franklin Park baseball fields, a venue where family, friends, and community gathered together, watched, and played in the Hispanic Baseball League. Enjoy!
Scroll down to see two of the ‘Stories’ videos I am publishing!
This summer, the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, a nonprofit oversight organization of Boston’s historic Emerald Necklace system of parks, launched the beginning of a brand new venture – the Stories Project. The Stories Project is meant to video document the broad variety of stories that come from the 1,000,000+ people that visit the park system every year. The Emerald Necklace is a 1000+ acre linear park system outlining the city of Boston that includes six parks in total, each with a different character and motif. It was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and completed in 1891. The Stories Project is groundbreaking for the Emerald Necklace; it marks the start of creating a historical database of experiences formed at these historic parks and promotes and encourages use of the parks through a series of creative and compelling high definition videos. These videos are being posted online and eventually will appear at the Conservancy’s new visitor center, opening in the fall.
[Update: All Six 'Stories' Videos Now On IGORoamandreport]
How do I know all this? I’m the lucky son-of-a-gun that was hired to develop a vision and produce the novel video project. Yes, it is my responsibility to find, collect, produce, and report Continue reading