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$2M in federal funding for East Boston’s Piers Park III project — One Waterfront

$2M IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR EAST BOSTON’S PIERS PARK III PROJECTThe Piers Park III project in East Boston has received $2 million in federal funds, to help support construction of the waterfront public space. The award comes from Congressional Directed Spending (CDS) funding, requested by U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass), and U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass), with support from Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07). After being approved by the legislature, the CDS funding was included in the bipartisan omnibus federal budget signed by President Biden on March 15. “I’m proud to work with my colleagues to bring tens of millions to Massachusetts to grow community-based projects that serve our families, businesses, and cities and towns every day,” said Senator Markey. “Bringing a world-class, climate resilient park to the environmental justice community of East Boston will strengthen our resiliency and our economy, while ensuring that locals can access public green space.” “The Massachusetts delegation and I secured $2 million in federal funds to design and construct the future Piers Park III in East Boston, which has long held a disproportionate burden of pollution and climate change,” said Senator Warren. “This park will serve as an example of a climate-resilient greenspace for our nation, and I look forward to seeing the park flourish as a hub of recreational activity for the entire community.” An estimated $35 to $40M is being raised to build Piers Park III, funded largely through philanthropic contributions from a mix of private individuals, foundations and corporations. To date, $28.5M has been committed, including the recent federal funds. “These federal resources will help initiate, strengthen, and expand community-based projects that serve our families and communities every day,” said Congresswoman Pressley. “This world-class waterfront park, designed in close partnership with the environmental justice community of East Boston—will provide a resilient outdoor green space for all to enjoy. I’m proud to have helped deliver these resources and look forward to seeing these critical projects move forward.”Piers Park III is currently in the community design phase, with a second draft of the design for the future waterfront park shared during a public meeting in February. Feedback was collected throughout 2021 and will continue to be gathered during 2022 in order to finalize the park landscape, programming, and design features. An updated design, the third draft, will be shared during public meetings this summer.  Construction is expected to begin in mid-2023.  “We are grateful to Senator Warren, Senator Markey, and Congresswoman Pressley for their leadership in advocating for these funds, which bring us closer to creating an iconic public space on Boston’s Harbor,” said Trustees President and CEO John Judge. “Protecting outdoor spaces for everyone is at the heart of our mission—and the reason behind our founding in Boston 130 years ago. Free and open to the public, Piers Park III will be a welcoming and resilient space for generations to come.” The Trustees will build and operate the park—adjacent to the current Piers Park I and future Piers Park II—under a long-term ground lease with Massport. Altogether, Phases I, II, and II will provide 14.5 acres of public open space – a landscape more than twice the size of Christopher Columbus Park in Boston’s North End, and offer more than a mile of accessible waterfront trails for walking or jogging.  View fullsizeABOVE: The current Piers Park III design, a second draft, incorporating additional community feedback. (By MVVA, Inc for the Trustees of Reservations)“The updated design for Piers Park III features open green lawns with stunning views of the Boston skyline, a kayak launch, tidal pools, and marine and upland habitats,” noted Nick Black, Managing Director for The Trustees Boston Waterfront Initiative. “This park will offer unique and exceptional public access to the water, something frequently requested during public outreach. We are grateful to Senators Warren and Markey and Congresswoman Pressley for this significant funding, and look forward to bringing a world-class, equitable space to the people of East Boston and beyond.”  Senators may request CDS funding for projects in their state each fiscal year, and a small number of proposals are awarded. In requesting the funds for Piers Park III, Senators Warren and Markey noted the future park’s strategic design to buffer East Boston from flooding events and urban heat island effects.  “The creation of Piers Park III advances a bold vision for iconic, public open space on Boston’s Harbor, managing a world-class park that supports diverse community needs, brings value to the city’s climate resiliency goals, and serves as welcoming public outdoor spaces helping people stay physically and mentally healthy and active,” the funding request describes. “Piers Park III would be among the first climate resilient parks of this size in Boston, advancing the industrial re-use of an abandoned pier and turning it into a critical public amenity…Piers Park III will be strategically designed to help to buffer East Boston from flooding events due to storms, tidal flooding, and sea level rise; the park space will also help mitigate heat island effects.” To see and weigh in on the design for Piers Park III, visit onewaterfront.org/feedback 

$2M in federal funding for East Boston’s Piers Park III project — One Waterfront

$2M IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR EAST BOSTON’S PIERS PARK III PROJECTThe Piers Park III project in East Boston has received $2 million in federal funds, to help support construction of the waterfront public space. The award comes from Congressional Directed Spending (CDS) funding, requested by U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass), and U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass), with support from Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07). After being approved by the legislature, the CDS funding was included in the bipartisan omnibus federal budget signed by President Biden on March 15. “I’m proud to work with my colleagues to bring tens of millions to Massachusetts to grow community-based projects that serve our families, businesses, and cities and towns every day,” said Senator Markey. “Bringing a world-class, climate resilient park to the environmental justice community of East Boston will strengthen our resiliency and our economy, while ensuring that locals can access public green space.” “The Massachusetts delegation and I secured $2 million in federal funds to design and construct the future Piers Park III in East Boston, which has long held a disproportionate burden of pollution and climate change,” said Senator Warren. “This park will serve as an example of a climate-resilient greenspace for our nation, and I look forward to seeing the park flourish as a hub of recreational activity for the entire community.” An estimated $35 to $40M is being raised to build Piers Park III, funded largely through philanthropic contributions from a mix of private individuals, foundations and corporations. To date, $28.5M has been committed, including the recent federal funds. “These federal resources will help initiate, strengthen, and expand community-based projects that serve our families and communities every day,” said Congresswoman Pressley. “This world-class waterfront park, designed in close partnership with the environmental justice community of East Boston—will provide a resilient outdoor green space for all to enjoy. I’m proud to have helped deliver these resources and look forward to seeing these critical projects move forward.”Piers Park III is currently in the community design phase, with a second draft of the design for the future waterfront park shared during a public meeting in February. Feedback was collected throughout 2021 and will continue to be gathered during 2022 in order to finalize the park landscape, programming, and design features. An updated design, the third draft, will be shared during public meetings this summer.  Construction is expected to begin in mid-2023.  “We are grateful to Senator Warren, Senator Markey, and Congresswoman Pressley for their leadership in advocating for these funds, which bring us closer to creating an iconic public space on Boston’s Harbor,” said Trustees President and CEO John Judge. “Protecting outdoor spaces for everyone is at the heart of our mission—and the reason behind our founding in Boston 130 years ago. Free and open to the public, Piers Park III will be a welcoming and resilient space for generations to come.” The Trustees will build and operate the park—adjacent to the current Piers Park I and future Piers Park II—under a long-term ground lease with Massport. Altogether, Phases I, II, and II will provide 14.5 acres of public open space – a landscape more than twice the size of Christopher Columbus Park in Boston’s North End, and offer more than a mile of accessible waterfront trails for walking or jogging.  View fullsizeABOVE: The current Piers Park III design, a second draft, incorporating additional community feedback. (By MVVA, Inc for the Trustees of Reservations)“The updated design for Piers Park III features open green lawns with stunning views of the Boston skyline, a kayak launch, tidal pools, and marine and upland habitats,” noted Nick Black, Managing Director for The Trustees Boston Waterfront Initiative. “This park will offer unique and exceptional public access to the water, something frequently requested during public outreach. We are grateful to Senators Warren and Markey and Congresswoman Pressley for this significant funding, and look forward to bringing a world-class, equitable space to the people of East Boston and beyond.”  Senators may request CDS funding for projects in their state each fiscal year, and a small number of proposals are awarded. In requesting the funds for Piers Park III, Senators Warren and Markey noted the future park’s strategic design to buffer East Boston from flooding events and urban heat island effects.  “The creation of Piers Park III advances a bold vision for iconic, public open space on Boston’s Harbor, managing a world-class park that supports diverse community needs, brings value to the city’s climate resiliency goals, and serves as welcoming public outdoor spaces helping people stay physically and mentally healthy and active,” the funding request describes. “Piers Park III would be among the first climate resilient parks of this size in Boston, advancing the industrial re-use of an abandoned pier and turning it into a critical public amenity…Piers Park III will be strategically designed to help to buffer East Boston from flooding events due to storms, tidal flooding, and sea level rise; the park space will also help mitigate heat island effects.” To see and weigh in on the design for Piers Park III, visit onewaterfront.org/feedback 

$2M in federal funding for East Boston’s Piers Park III project — One Waterfront

$2M IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR EAST BOSTON’S PIERS PARK III PROJECTThe Piers Park III project in East Boston has received $2 million in federal funds, to help support construction of the waterfront public space. The award comes from Congressional Directed Spending (CDS) funding, requested by U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass), and U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass), with support from Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07). After being approved by the legislature, the CDS funding was included in the bipartisan omnibus federal budget signed by President Biden on March 15. “I’m proud to work with my colleagues to bring tens of millions to Massachusetts to grow community-based projects that serve our families, businesses, and cities and towns every day,” said Senator Markey. “Bringing a world-class, climate resilient park to the environmental justice community of East Boston will strengthen our resiliency and our economy, while ensuring that locals can access public green space.” “The Massachusetts delegation and I secured $2 million in federal funds to design and construct the future Piers Park III in East Boston, which has long held a disproportionate burden of pollution and climate change,” said Senator Warren. “This park will serve as an example of a climate-resilient greenspace for our nation, and I look forward to seeing the park flourish as a hub of recreational activity for the entire community.” An estimated $35 to $40M is being raised to build Piers Park III, funded largely through philanthropic contributions from a mix of private individuals, foundations and corporations. To date, $28.5M has been committed, including the recent federal funds. “These federal resources will help initiate, strengthen, and expand community-based projects that serve our families and communities every day,” said Congresswoman Pressley. “This world-class waterfront park, designed in close partnership with the environmental justice community of East Boston—will provide a resilient outdoor green space for all to enjoy. I’m proud to have helped deliver these resources and look forward to seeing these critical projects move forward.”Piers Park III is currently in the community design phase, with a second draft of the design for the future waterfront park shared during a public meeting in February. Feedback was collected throughout 2021 and will continue to be gathered during 2022 in order to finalize the park landscape, programming, and design features. An updated design, the third draft, will be shared during public meetings this summer.  Construction is expected to begin in mid-2023.  “We are grateful to Senator Warren, Senator Markey, and Congresswoman Pressley for their leadership in advocating for these funds, which bring us closer to creating an iconic public space on Boston’s Harbor,” said Trustees President and CEO John Judge. “Protecting outdoor spaces for everyone is at the heart of our mission—and the reason behind our founding in Boston 130 years ago. Free and open to the public, Piers Park III will be a welcoming and resilient space for generations to come.” The Trustees will build and operate the park—adjacent to the current Piers Park I and future Piers Park II—under a long-term ground lease with Massport. Altogether, Phases I, II, and II will provide 14.5 acres of public open space – a landscape more than twice the size of Christopher Columbus Park in Boston’s North End, and offer more than a mile of accessible waterfront trails for walking or jogging.  View fullsizeABOVE: The current Piers Park III design, a second draft, incorporating additional community feedback. (By MVVA, Inc for the Trustees of Reservations)“The updated design for Piers Park III features open green lawns with stunning views of the Boston skyline, a kayak launch, tidal pools, and marine and upland habitats,” noted Nick Black, Managing Director for The Trustees Boston Waterfront Initiative. “This park will offer unique and exceptional public access to the water, something frequently requested during public outreach. We are grateful to Senators Warren and Markey and Congresswoman Pressley for this significant funding, and look forward to bringing a world-class, equitable space to the people of East Boston and beyond.”  Senators may request CDS funding for projects in their state each fiscal year, and a small number of proposals are awarded. In requesting the funds for Piers Park III, Senators Warren and Markey noted the future park’s strategic design to buffer East Boston from flooding events and urban heat island effects.  “The creation of Piers Park III advances a bold vision for iconic, public open space on Boston’s Harbor, managing a world-class park that supports diverse community needs, brings value to the city’s climate resiliency goals, and serves as welcoming public outdoor spaces helping people stay physically and mentally healthy and active,” the funding request describes. “Piers Park III would be among the first climate resilient parks of this size in Boston, advancing the industrial re-use of an abandoned pier and turning it into a critical public amenity…Piers Park III will be strategically designed to help to buffer East Boston from flooding events due to storms, tidal flooding, and sea level rise; the park space will also help mitigate heat island effects.” To see and weigh in on the design for Piers Park III, visit onewaterfront.org/feedback 

$2M in federal funding for East Boston’s Piers Park III project — One Waterfront

$2M IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR EAST BOSTON’S PIERS PARK III PROJECTThe Piers Park III project in East Boston has received $2 million in federal funds, to help support construction of the waterfront public space. The award comes from Congressional Directed Spending (CDS) funding, requested by U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass), and U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass), with support from Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07). After being approved by the legislature, the CDS funding was included in the bipartisan omnibus federal budget signed by President Biden on March 15. “I’m proud to work with my colleagues to bring tens of millions to Massachusetts to grow community-based projects that serve our families, businesses, and cities and towns every day,” said Senator Markey. “Bringing a world-class, climate resilient park to the environmental justice community of East Boston will strengthen our resiliency and our economy, while ensuring that locals can access public green space.” “The Massachusetts delegation and I secured $2 million in federal funds to design and construct the future Piers Park III in East Boston, which has long held a disproportionate burden of pollution and climate change,” said Senator Warren. “This park will serve as an example of a climate-resilient greenspace for our nation, and I look forward to seeing the park flourish as a hub of recreational activity for the entire community.” An estimated $35 to $40M is being raised to build Piers Park III, funded largely through philanthropic contributions from a mix of private individuals, foundations and corporations. To date, $28.5M has been committed, including the recent federal funds. “These federal resources will help initiate, strengthen, and expand community-based projects that serve our families and communities every day,” said Congresswoman Pressley. “This world-class waterfront park, designed in close partnership with the environmental justice community of East Boston—will provide a resilient outdoor green space for all to enjoy. I’m proud to have helped deliver these resources and look forward to seeing these critical projects move forward.”Piers Park III is currently in the community design phase, with a second draft of the design for the future waterfront park shared during a public meeting in February. Feedback was collected throughout 2021 and will continue to be gathered during 2022 in order to finalize the park landscape, programming, and design features. An updated design, the third draft, will be shared during public meetings this summer.  Construction is expected to begin in mid-2023.  “We are grateful to Senator Warren, Senator Markey, and Congresswoman Pressley for their leadership in advocating for these funds, which bring us closer to creating an iconic public space on Boston’s Harbor,” said Trustees President and CEO John Judge. “Protecting outdoor spaces for everyone is at the heart of our mission—and the reason behind our founding in Boston 130 years ago. Free and open to the public, Piers Park III will be a welcoming and resilient space for generations to come.” The Trustees will build and operate the park—adjacent to the current Piers Park I and future Piers Park II—under a long-term ground lease with Massport. Altogether, Phases I, II, and II will provide 14.5 acres of public open space – a landscape more than twice the size of Christopher Columbus Park in Boston’s North End, and offer more than a mile of accessible waterfront trails for walking or jogging.  View fullsizeABOVE: The current Piers Park III design, a second draft, incorporating additional community feedback. (By MVVA, Inc for the Trustees of Reservations)“The updated design for Piers Park III features open green lawns with stunning views of the Boston skyline, a kayak launch, tidal pools, and marine and upland habitats,” noted Nick Black, Managing Director for The Trustees Boston Waterfront Initiative. “This park will offer unique and exceptional public access to the water, something frequently requested during public outreach. We are grateful to Senators Warren and Markey and Congresswoman Pressley for this significant funding, and look forward to bringing a world-class, equitable space to the people of East Boston and beyond.”  Senators may request CDS funding for projects in their state each fiscal year, and a small number of proposals are awarded. In requesting the funds for Piers Park III, Senators Warren and Markey noted the future park’s strategic design to buffer East Boston from flooding events and urban heat island effects.  “The creation of Piers Park III advances a bold vision for iconic, public open space on Boston’s Harbor, managing a world-class park that supports diverse community needs, brings value to the city’s climate resiliency goals, and serves as welcoming public outdoor spaces helping people stay physically and mentally healthy and active,” the funding request describes. “Piers Park III would be among the first climate resilient parks of this size in Boston, advancing the industrial re-use of an abandoned pier and turning it into a critical public amenity…Piers Park III will be strategically designed to help to buffer East Boston from flooding events due to storms, tidal flooding, and sea level rise; the park space will also help mitigate heat island effects.” To see and weigh in on the design for Piers Park III, visit onewaterfront.org/feedback 

$2M in federal funding for East Boston’s Piers Park III project — One Waterfront