July 23, 2021

BOSTON – Friday July 23, 2021 – Mayor Kim Janey today announced the release of the package deal for the improvements to Malcolm X Park in Roxbury as the first planned contract for the city’s new supplier diversity program. Building on Mayor Janey’s commitment to addressing equity in city contracting, the Cabinet on Equity and Inclusion and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, with the Malcolm X Park Improvement, will create equity equity targets for minority-owned companies (MBEs) and companies in the Women’s Possessions (WBEs) try out project. The pilot project will increase the number of contracts awarded to various companies for planned renovations of the park, including basketball, tennis, playground and grass courts, among many other improvements. The total construction budget is 7.7 million US dollars.

“Working with different contractors can have a huge impact on our local economy,” said Mayor Janey. “The Malcolm X Park Improvement Project pilot aims to quantify this impact and improve transparency in the procurement process as we address the urgent need to invest in Boston owned businesses by women and people of color. I’m proud to partner with the city of the Boston Equity and Inclusion Cabinet and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department to expand access for entrepreneurs who have traditionally been overlooked. “

These measures build on commitments made by the City of Boston in February 2021, following the completion of a disparity study, including an executive order to support fair procurement. The Executive Order recognizes the results of the disparity study and set spending targets of 25% for WBEs and MBEs, as well as establishing a supplier diversity plan to support diverse sourcing.

“The Malcolm X Park project will revitalize a valuable community resource while creating economic opportunity for businesses in the area owned by black people and women,” said Celina Barrios-Millner, chief of Equity and Inclusion. “We appreciate the park department’s hard work making this pilot possible and we have set up a supplier diversity program that offers different contractors opportunities for all types of city contracts in the future.”

The city has set an MBE target of 2.4% and a WBE target of 4.8% of the total budget for this project based on the availability of MBEs and WBEs for the work required for the renovation. Tenderers must either achieve the objectives by subcontracting MBEs and WBEs or provide documentation in their bids that demonstrates in good faith efforts to achieve the objectives. Bidders must meet both of these goals as well as the goals of the city’s Boston Jobs Resident Policy.

“We are grateful for the guidance of Mayor Janey and the Cabinet of Equity in removing barriers to urban suppliers,” said Ryan Woods, commissioner for the Parks and Recreation Department. “Bidders’ obligation to carefully use all available subcontractors results in a high quality, diverse pool of companies on the project team and an overall better park project.”

Contracts required for the project include concrete and asphalt installations, playground equipment installations, electrical installations, plumbing, earthwork and grading, arborist and tree work, planting and signage. WBEs and MBEs in these fields can access a list of potential bidders who have requested a copy of the plan and contact them directly to offer their services. Subcontractors are also encouraged to become certified as WBEs or MBEs. Certified contractors are placed on a list of various companies that the City of Boston and outside organizations use for recruitment.

The construction offer (IFB) was published on Monday, July 19, and the bids are due by August 19, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. Bids and specifications can be picked up at 1010 Massachusetts Avenue, 3rd floor. No appointment is required. For an up-to-date list of plan owners or with any questions, please email Lauren Bryant at lauren.bryant@boston.gov or call 617-961-3019. Prospective bidders are strongly encouraged to attend a virtual pre-bidding conference on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Boston time. To participate, use the video call link https://meet.google.com/nfq-gjia-twr or dial 319-820-2332 PIN: 158 648 917 #.


The Parks and Recreation Department creates and maintains clean, green, safe, and accessible public parks and open spaces across Boston. The department is responsible for 217 parks, playgrounds and sports fields, two golf courses, 65 courses, 17 fountains, 75 playgrounds, 16 historic and three active cemeteries, urban wilderness, four high school sports fields and approximately 125,000 trees, all of which cover 2,346 acres, 1,000 of which include the historic Emerald Necklace. Parks and Recreation is also responsible for more than 35,000 street trees.


The Equity Office works to integrate justice and racial justice into all of the city’s planning and operations. The office focuses on breaking down systemic barriers to achieve racial, gender, health and socio-economic equality, and works to ensure that all local government programs, policies and practices are centered on equity. The cabinet consists of numerous departments and agencies, including: Resilience and Racial Justice, Human Rights Commission, Promotion of Women, Promotion of Immigration, Language and Communication Access and the Economic Mobility Lab. The cabinet also oversees the Boston Resident Jobs Policy and the Supplier Diversity Program.

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