RE: [MysticCrossing] Re: Boston Harbor Walk
MessageThat's a great idea. Ivey St. John of the Charlestown Waterfront Coalition is working on this as well. She is looking for help in convincing the BRA to include the Harborwalk at the Navy Yard's Parcel 5. She also needs help getting legislation passed as the walk itself would extend into the federal ship channel. Here is some info:
CWC Vision for Yard’s End Parcel 5
(Draft for Discussion Purposes Only)
CWC’s Peter Borre suggested that the Yard's End parcels represent an opportunity to develop a signature use and architectural statement for the north end of Boston Harbor. Parcel 5, currently claimed by the BRA as their own, is a promontory which deserves special and eye-catching treatment.
The CWC Steering Committee met to further develop the concept:
Parcel 5 should be linked to the exploration and exploitation of the new Harbor Island’s Park
Site design and development should be marketed as a recreational boating/yachting resource, emphasizing marina, restaurant and regular ferry/taxi service
FPA activity at Yard’s End should encourage Navy Yard history/museum exhibits
FPA programs should also have an academic connection, through cooperation/collaboration with Charlestown High School, Bunker Hill Community College and UmassBoston’s Marine Operations/Institute
Any “concept charette” carried out with the assistance of the Boston Society of Architects might consider a “return museum” such as the Children’s Museum, which serves local residents for repeat visits
In meetings with Mystic River advocate groups, the topic of commuter service up and down the lower Mystic has also been suggested. Any increase in Lower Mystic traffic will improve the opportunities to bring attention to the Lower Mystic and increase pressure to improve conditions and expand recreational usage.
Gene O’Flaherty has received legislative approval from the House on the bill required to build the HarborWalk extension around the rear MGH's Building 114. All the permitting for the build has been granted. However, the legislation is stalled in the Senate because Quincy's Morrissey and Senator Shannon (D, Winchester) are holding it hostage. Gene is not clear why, but agreed that bringing pressure to bear to release the bill is necessary.
In addition, Captain Chris Sweeney, who is employed by UmassBoston, is the Director of UMassBoston's Marine Operations and is the NPS Harbor Islands ferry boat operator. The current NPS ferry service to the Islands Park departs weekdays from behind the JFK Library in Dorchester. On weekends, it departs from behind the Federal Courthouse. A departure from CNY seems doable.
CWC has informally approached the Constitution Marina’s Peter Davidoff about expansion at Yard’s End. He also has expressed interest. The Marina’s proposal for a seasonal fresh foods restaurant has languished due to MassPort objections. Yard’s End could prove to be a very desirable location for such a facility.
CWC is pursuing collaboration relationships with lower Mystic River organizations and community groups to assist in springing the O’Flaherty’s legislation from the Senate, and perhaps amend it to acquire planning funds to further the Parcel 5 vision and to study increased recreational and commuter use of the Lower Mystic.Officer Patrick JohnstonEverett Police - Marine Unit617-905-3747-----Original Message-----
From: Bryce Nesbitt [mailto:bryce1@...]
Sent: Friday, January 21, 2005 4:59 PM
Subject: [MysticCrossing] Re: Boston Harbor Walk
I've spoken to Vivien several times. She's interested, but not yet
quite motivated enough to take the next step and actually visit the site.
If you could make calls or drop casual hints to any of the other
Harbor Walk folks, that would be much appreciated. I see this as a
tremendous opportunity to extend the Harbor Walk up the Mystic. I
will NOT be able to do this myself.
--- In MysticCrossing@yahoogroups.com, "Wig Zamore" <wigzamore@r...>
> Hi Bryce,
> I think you probably know most of the leaders I would suggest.
Vivien Li at the Boston Harbor Associates is a real leader of
Harborwalk issues and discussions. Valerie Burns of Boston Natural
Areas is another. Also Bruce Berman at Save the Harbor and the
waterfront planning folks at the Boston Redevelopment Authority. Mike
Tyrrell whom you know would probably also be full of suggestions.
> Regards, Wig
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Bryce Nesbitt" <bryce1@o...>
> To: <MysticCrossing@yahoogroups.com>
> Sent: Friday, January 21, 2005 4:38 PM
> Subject: [MysticCrossing] Boston Harbor Walk
> > Does anyone know anyone over at the Boston Harbor Walk?
> > The end of the HarborWalk is just across the rotary or route 99 from
> > the EPA/MBTA land transfer. The EPA/MBTA land transfer, of course,
> > leads straight to the Mystic Crossing.
> > The website is http://www.bostonharborwalk.com/ , where you can find
> > an interactive map. If anyone has a good contact with a board member
> > of the Harbor Walk, would you let me know? If you meet a Harbor Walk
> > person, would you mention the lower Mystic Path projects?
> > I'm trying to get the harborwalk folks interested in these projects,
> > but have not yet made any headway.
> > Yahoo! Groups Links
Here's an image from the harbor walk website, showing the area. Note how close this all comes to the bus yard / Mystic Crossing path area!
If we can get the Boston Harbor Association on our side, it could really help make this project roll.
See also http://www.bostonharborwalk.com/placestogo/location.php?nid=1
MessageThat's a great idea. Ivey St. John of the Charlestown Waterfront Coalition is working on this as well. She is looking for help in convincing the BRA to include the Harborwalk at the Navy Yard's Parcel 5. She also needs help getting legislation passed as the walk itself would extend into the federal ship channel. Here is some info.
- Just a quick news blip- Check out the first page of the City Weekly
section of March 27 Boston Globe- "What's with that?" One of the five
local landmarks explained is the Amelia Earhart dam!
Community Engagement Specialist,
Lincoln Filene Center for Community Partnerships
University College of Citizenship and Public Service
Lincoln Filene Hall
Medford, MA 02155