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June 2019
Kathy Abbott
President and CEO of Boston Harbor Now

Boston Harbor has been an integral part of my professional life since my time as a student. From spending summers on Gallops Island as an Island Manager to my first full time job as Senior Planner for the Boston Harbor Islands State Park, later leading the Boston Harbor Island Alliance, helping to create the Boston Harbor Islands National Park, and finally, taking on my current role at the helm of Boston Harbor Now. Over that time the harbor has gone from one of the dirtiest in the nation to the cleanest, and each summer I get excited all over again as the waterfront and the islands attract long time visitors and new explorers. Thanks to the work of architects, designers, engineers, elected officials, policy experts, artists, advocates and others, Boston Harbor, the region’s single largest open space, offers more incredible parks, public spaces, and programs every summer.


The ICA’s Watershed has opened for its second season in the East Boston Shipyard. The space is open Tuesday through Sunday, is always free, and is screening Purple, an incredible film about climate change by John Akomfrah. Martin Richards Park will open on Fort Point Channel on June 15 providing a resilient new place to play for children of all ages and abilities adjacent to the Children’s Museum. Spectacle Island, capped with the dirt from the Big Dig to create the park that exists today, was opened to the public in 2006. Spectacle Summer Nights, a new chance for the public to stay late on the island for s’mores and sunset, starts on June 29.


Elsewhere on the Harbor, Boston By Foot’s Rethinking Boston Brutalism tour starts at the New England Aquarium and weaves its way through downtown to City Hall on June 30. Meanwhile on the Charles River, the Charles River Conservancy is hosting City Splash—a chance to jump in the river at the Fiedler Public Dock—on June 15.


As we plan for the future of the waterfront, the City of Boston’s Environment Department is working on their Climate Ready Downtown/North End Plan and will be hosting a public meeting (Date TBD). The Northern Avenue Bridge Project will host its second community meeting on June 3 to determine the style and width of the future bridge. In partnership with the National Park Service and the Department of Conservation, Boston Harbor Now is working on a redevelopment plan for Peddocks Island with open houses in Hingham and Boston on June 12, 22, and 27.


2019 also marks the 10th birthday of Design Museum Boston. They’ve got two exhibitions going, a gala celebration, and an upcoming conversation about Playing with Beautiful Stuff on June 21.

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