People’s Guide to the Massachusetts Public Waterfront Act
The public's rights and ways to get involved in protecting waterfront spaces.Explore the guide
Resilient Boston Harbor Vision
The City of Boston’s climate-ready waterfront vision and projects map.Explore the plan
Public Restrooms in the City of Boston
Interactive map and directory of City facilities by neighborhood.Explore the map
Coastal Zone Management Coast Guide
Interactive map with 1,800 beaches, boat ramps, and other public access sites statewide.Explore the map
Guide to the Working Port
Takeaways from Boston Harbor Now’s symposium on the 21st-century working port.Explore the guide
By taking advantage of its Harbor for public transportation, Boston could address mobility challenges while also supporting economic development in the region, enhancing quality of life for residents, and preparing for climate change. Boston Harbor Now is partnering with MassDOT and others to explore ways to scale our commuter and recreational water transportation system and link it to land-based transit options.
Photo: Galya Feierman
This 40-mile public walkway winds through seven Boston waterfront neighborhoods, stretching from the Chelsea Creek in East Boston to the Neponset River in Dorchester. Property owners are responsible for creating and maintaining the walkway and other public amenities in accordance with state-issued licenses. A new digital, interactive map from Boston Harbor Now offers a database of public benefits along the Harborwalk—including park space, seating areas, restrooms, fishing docks, and more.
Photo by Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism
The New England Aquarium’s Blueway vision reimagines the public’s waterfront experience in downtown Boston. A public promenade would radically open sightlines from the Greenway to the water’s edge at the far end of Central Wharf. The three-acre concept includes floating walkways, marine gardens, seating and gathering areas, and tidal zones where visitors can explore the Boston Harbor habitat and marine species.
Image: CBT Architects
North Charlestown / Lower Mystic Visioning
A public engagement effort aims to create a shared vision for new and enhanced waterfront connections, parks and open spaces, and walking and biking routes in North Charlestown. Led by the Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) Greenways Program, the effort aims to connect people to the water’s edge from Sullivan Square to the Tobin Bridge, while also protecting the surrounding neighborhoods from coastal and inland flooding.
Rendering by Kleinfelder-Stoss-One Architecture. Concept does not represent a finished design.
Climate Ready South Boston
This project is identifying solutions to protect South Boston, Fort Point, and the rest of the city from the impacts of climate change. It is one of several district-level efforts under Climate Ready Boston (along with projects in East Boston and Charlestown, to date). In community meetings, people have expressed eagerness for early action and strong preferences for “green infrastructure,” such as living shorelines and park spaces that provide public amenities while protecting the city.