Waterfront Access for All
Open, Green Public recreational equity in Charlestown.
The Boston Navy Yard Pier 5 is the only fully open Harbor Walk location with unobstructed view sheds including the Charles and Mystic Rivers, Boston skyline, East Boston and the entire harbor all the way to the Harbor Islands.
Pier 5 Association is making extraordinary progress to reactivate this public property as a landmark waterfront national park providing healthful recreation, cultural events and historic views from the Head of Boston Harbor.
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What is your vision for your park?
Pier 5 adjacent piers include renown Pier 6 marina/restaurant to the North and the beloved Courageous Sailing Center city side. Neighboring National Treasure, the U.S.S. Constitution frigate is an international tourist attraction with over 350,000 visitors each year to learn and explore. One of Boston’s most visited museums.
Cities are opening access to public waterfronts, creating landmark attractions for well being of generations to come.
Places for People
Public Health & Resilient Waterfront
Urban Renewal are Global Goals
City of Boston
Climate Change & Waterfront Planning
“ Waterfront planning engages waterfront communities and stakeholders to develop plans and initiatives to better connect the City to the harbor—while supporting maritime activity, the working port, and efforts to protect Boston from sea level rise and coastal storms.
The City’s waterfront provides a unique nexus of historic, civic, economic and ecological resources and accommodates a variety of residential, commercial, and recreational uses. Waterfront planning endeavors to balance these interests and uses to promote an active, climate resilient, and accessible Harbor that sustains vibrant waterfront neighborhoods and water dependent businesses..
The planning of Boston’s waterfront is guided through the development of neighborhood-specific Municipal Harbor Plans (MHPs) which blend the neighborhood vision—and development priorities—with the state’s Public Waterfront Act (MGL Chapter 91), which prioritizes public access and water dependent uses along the Commonwealth’s tidelands.
Re-creational Social Justice
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Let’s continue our accomplishments for 2022!
- We have helped prevent the 2021 privatization proposals.
- Organized and participated numerous public family boardwalk events and meetings to reactivate Pier 5 as a National Park destination.
- Petition 3,600+ supporters.
- We have worked with neighbors and institutions.
- We have engaged political and other leaders.
- Correcting Public Disinformation
- Several Independent Engineering Firm Engagements
- Secured world class independent engineering firms to determine the present condition of Pier 5 and confirmed restoration options park feasibility.
- Analysis Reports including: Historical, Engineering Structural Feasibility, Flood Risk, Acoustic Impacts, Heat Island, Flood berm, Urban Reef, Ornithology Habitat and more.
- Feasibility Visions
- Strategic planning
- Community Events & Engagements
- Organizing innovative nature based climate resilient landscape design focus by prospective studios and Universities.
- Researching thousands of documents including the original plans, present conditions and legal obligations of the Boston Redevelopment Authority to Pier 5 and the Charlestown Navy Yard historic district.
Municipal Harbor Plans
Much of the planning and urban design parameters outlined in MHPs are codified into zoning, such as the city’s Harborpark District Zoning (Articles 42A, 42B, 42C, 42D, 42E, and 42F) which governs development along many of Boston’s waterfront communities.
More on Waterfront Planning initiatives can be found through the links below.