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Fascinating facts about springtime in Boston

Now that you can (probably) put that ice scraper in the trunk, take a look at the coming season in the city.

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Now that you can (probably) put that ice scraper in the trunk, take a look at the coming season in the city.

> 1634 — Year Boston Common became America’s first public park

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> 1837 — Year the Public Garden was established

> 6 — Number of Swan Boats that operate seasonally in the Public Garden lagoon; the 2016 season starts on April 16

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> 7 — Number of miles a Swan Boat operator can pedal on a busy day

> March 21 — Date Boston Duck Tours resume daily operations for the 2016 season

> 4,500 — Average number of Boston Duck Tours passengers in peak season, with 28 duck boats and 135 employees

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> 140 — Number of daily Boston Duck Tours trips during peak season

> 600 — Average number of Boston Duck Tours passengers on a busy day in 1994, the company’s first season, when it had four boats and 15 employees

> 20 — Number of daily Boston Duck Tours trips when the company started

> 14 — Number of characters featured on the Greenway Carousel, which reopens for the season on March 25; the sculptures represent creatures native to Massachusetts, including a cod, a fox, and three types of butterflies, all inspired by Boston schoolchildren’s drawings

> 26,000 — Number of tulips that bloom in the Public Garden each spring

Boston, MA, 06/18/06 - The duck tour boat photographed on Sunday, June 18, 2006. (Globe Photo/ Wiqan Ang) Desk: Calendar Category: Reporter: Correspondent Editor: James Reed Library Tag 03222007

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Duck Tours resume March 21.

> 100,000 — Number of daffodils planted along the Boston Marathon route after the 2013 bombings to serve as inspiration to runners nearing the finish line

> 130,000 — Number of daffodils planted along the 2015 Boston Marathon route

Sources: City of Boston; Friends of the Public Garden; Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy; Marathon Daffodils; Boston Redevelopment Authority; Boston Duck Tours

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