2022 Neighborhood of Charlestown and the Need for Open Space

2022 Neighborhood of Charlestown and the Need for Open Space

Charlestown is the oldest settled land in the City of Boston and thus has the highest population density among all Boston neighborhoods.  Charlestown has the least amount of Open Space with 3.09 acres per 1,000 residents compared with over 5 acres in East Boston and 7.59 acres for the City as a whole.  Charlestown ranks third in the amount of income-restricted housing units in the city and is home to the largest public housing development in the Northeast, Bunker Hill Housing Development, a mere two blocks away from the Navy Yard.  A public park at the Pier 5 location would provide an opportunity for more neighborhood crossover and an attraction for all residents of Charlestown to enjoy as a waterfront park.  The need for open space for its health benefits and mental well being has been made clear throughout the pandemic.  Many politicians are now prioritizing open space as part of their social justice agendas.