We are concerned citizens, not affiliated with any organization, who have generated a petition to raise awareness about the imminent threat facing the Boston, Charlestown Navy-Yard waterfront.
With the hundreds of the Navy Yard residents comments submitted to the BPDA by April 5, 2021, we seek to highlight the importance of submitting additional letters to the Boston Mayor, City and State officials to request of maintaining free public access to the Head-of-the-Harbor
We welcome creative improvements to our historic Navy Yard, but we are opposed to privatization and loss of public access.
Our petition to the Mayor of Boston expresses concern over the current RFP process from BPDA that aims to privatize Pier 5, adjacent to the Courageous Sailing Center.
The three submitted proposals were open for public comments until April 5, at the
BPDA web site . However, this is just the beginning. There are multiple ways to take action and make sure the BPDA plan is rejected and replaced with a public friendly solution for the next generations.
All three proposals will adversely impact the view corridors along the harbor walk, the quality of the waterfront experience and quality of life, for the community and
Links to the various proposals and alternative concepts can be found below the petition.
We urge you to sign our petition, supporting green spaces and community resources, rather than privatization of the last open public waterfront area in the city
Please help us protect this unique and historic public asset, by signing this petition and share it with your friends
This is the area where John Winthrop sailed and then founded Charlestown; where he met and traded with Squaw Sachem. This is the area where British Ships assaulted the Patriots at The Battle of Bunker Hill. This site can celebrate Boston's Marine History
built, repaired, modernized, and resupplied The US Navy ships.
During the Second World War women were called to fill the jobs left by men at the front. Over 8,000 women worked here at this shipyard
From here ships and the sailors serving aboard set off to places around the globe. The ships that left this yard represented the United States on every continent and defended the nation through both times of war and peace. The generations of workers at this yard took pride in the significance of what they contributed and the work that they completed. For many sailors, this was the last place they might touch American soil for months, years, or perhaps never again.
Pier 5 is a public amenity that can be an iconic waterfront and aquatic park providing amazing city and open harbor views from this Head of the Harbor location; adjacent to the beloved Courageous Sailing Center; and across from the USS Constitution, our treasured historic and venerated frigate, which is an internationally known tourist attraction with an educational museum.
Between September 8, 1939 when a limited national emergency was declared and the end of the War in 1945, the Boston Navy Yard launched 303 vessels and commissioned another 120 ships that were constructed at private yards. In addition, it overhauled 1108 vessels; another seventy-four underwent extensive conversion, and 3260 were repaired. This effort was critical to the Allied victory during World War II
This public space at Pier 5 is unique and priceless. We owe it to future generations to enjoy the waterfront, historic Pier 5 Park.
We are inspired by the words of many who seek a celebration of our historic community. This is an opportunity to protect our waterfront from rising sea level in a climate resilient park for all to enjoy.
In October 2018, Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced the plan in his annual speech to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, laying out strategies along Boston’s 47-mile shoreline that will increase access and open space along the waterfront while better protecting the city during a major flooding event.
Operationally, the yard saw many periods of expansion and decline as the policies of the United States changed over the course of two centuries. Technologically, the yard saw constant transformation and acted as a hub of innovation. When the yard opened it serviced wooden sailing ships and employed tradesmen such as carpenters, ropemakers, and ship riggers. When the yard closed in 1974, the yard had welders, electricians, machinists, ironworkers, pipefitters and engineers.
In spring of 1917, more than two years before the 19th Amendment granted women the right to vote, a radical transformation was taking place at the Boston Navy Yard. The US Navy adopted a radical enlistment policy that opened its clerical ranks to educated, white women. Parallel to this national watershed, the Boston Navy Yard (now known as the Charlestown Navy Yard) hired civilian women as unskilled laborers for the first time in its history.
where John Winthrop sailed and then founded Charlestown; where he met and traded with Squaw Sachem. This is the area where British Ships assaulted the Patriots at The Battle of Bunker Hill.
This site can celebrate Boston's Marine History, and the brave men and women who served here in the United States Navy, and is at the birthplace of the
United States Marines.
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