East Boston Waterfront

Stewarding Boston’s Waterfront

Boston is well recognized for its historic waterfront and harbor. Yet, the future of this public treasure cannot be taken for granted.

In the absence of a long-term, comprehensive vision and robust stewardship, Boston’s waterfront will remain at the mercy of rapid, and often uncoordinated, parcel-by-parcel development.

Moreover, given what we know about climate change and the attendant risks of sea-level rise, existing waterfront communities and prospective plans for development along the water’s edge deserve special attention. In this context, in May 2016, Barr publicly launched a Special Initiative to promote a great public realm throughout the Boston Harbor waterfront—one that:

  • Provides exceptional parks and accessible open spaces;
  • Engages and reflects the full range of Boston neighborhoods and their residents;
  • Welcomes people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities;
  • Enables responsible development that is attentive to the public’s interest, design excellence, and mobility; and
  • Seamlessly addresses the critical need for resiliency and adaptation to climate change.

As of September 1, 2017, Barr has awarded 13 grants totaling $6,635,000 as part of this Special Initiative. Information on these grants is available below.

Grants Awarded Under This Special Initiative

GreenRoots, Inc.

To support community engagement in East Boston for waterfront and public realm improvements.

  • Award Date: 9/17/2017
  • Amount: $45,000
  • Term: 14 months
  • Program: Special Initiatives

Conservation Law Foundation, Inc.

To advance waterfront advocacy efforts and to plan for a multi-year waterfront campaign.

  • Award Date: 6/17/2017
  • Amount: $300,000
  • Term: 9 months
  • Program: Special Initiatives

GreenRoots, Inc.

To support community organizing in East Boston for waterfront and public realm improvements.

  • Award Date: 5/20/2017
  • Amount: $300,000
  • Term: 18 months
  • Program: Special Initiatives

Boston Harbor Now, Inc.

To provide core support.

  • Award Date: 3/ 8/2017
  • Amount: $400,000
  • Term: 12 months
  • Program: Special Initiatives

Conservation Law Foundation, Inc.

To advance waterfront advocacy efforts and to plan for a multi-year waterfront campaign.

  • Award Date: 12/ 7/2016
  • Amount: $330,000
  • Term: 6 months
  • Program: Special Initiatives

Trustees of Reservations

To conduct site analyses and outreach for Trustees' work on the Boston waterfront.

  • Award Date: 12/ 7/2016
  • Amount: $1,200,000
  • Term: 12 months
  • Program: Special Initiatives

The Boston Foundation, Inc.

To support the Martin's Park Maintenance Fund.

  • Award Date: 10/19/2016
  • Amount: $2,000,000
  • Term: 18 months
  • Program: Special Initiatives

The Fund for Parks and Recreation in Boston

To design and build Martin's Park.

  • Award Date: 10/19/2016
  • Amount: $1,000,000
  • Term: 18 months
  • Program: Special Initiatives

Trustees of Reservations

To explore the feasibility of and conduct planning for a prospective Boston waterfront initiative.

  • Award Date: 2/ 2/2016
  • Amount: $250,000
  • Term: 6 months
  • Program: Special Initiatives

Trustees of Reservations

To extend the planning period for a Boston waterfront initiative.

  • Award Date: 8/31/2016
  • Amount: $250,000
  • Term: 4 months
  • Program: Special Initiatives

Boston Redevelopment Authority

To conduct the visioning and feasibility phase of a waterfront planning process as part of Imagine Boston 2030.

  • Award Date: 4/27/2016
  • Amount: $210,000
  • Term: 6 months
  • Program: Special Initiatives

Boston Harbor Island Alliance, Inc.

To support first-year activities of a new entity, Boston Harbor Now, created by the merger of the Boston Harbor Island Alliance and The Boston Harbor Association.

  • Award Date: 2/ 2/2016
  • Amount: $300,000
  • Term: 12 months
  • Program: Special Initiatives
  • Award Date: 9/25/2015
  • Amount: $50,000
  • Term: 3 months
  • Program: Special Initiatives

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