When Boston's Big Dig project plunged previously elevated roadways underground, the city found itself rich in prime urban land. Community and political leaders seized the opportunity to enhance Boston's city life by providing additional parks and gardens to connect some of its oldest, most diverse and vibrant neighborhoods. One of the most important public projects in Boston’s history, the Greenway challenged designers to balance natural beauty and landscaped grace with the vitality and dynamism of a 21st Century city.
The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway encompasses gardens, plazas, and tree-lined promenades. Offering beautiful places for relaxation within the rhythm of the urban environment, the Greenway is a key feature of the modern reinvention of Boston, Boston Harbor, the South Boston Waterfront, and the Harbor Islands.
The Greenway is a series of four parks within a curvilinear corridor of land extending approximately one mile through downtown Boston. Intersecting streets and parallel tree-lined boulevards with wide sidewalks frame parks and plazas. The North End, Wharf District, Dewey Square and Chinatown Parks opened in 2007 and 2008. Boston and thousands of visitors came together with an Inaugural Celebration on October 4, 2008.
To experience the entire Greenway on foot without retracing your steps, start at either Chinatown Park in the south or at the North End Parks and travel the one mile distance. Enjoy the unique architectural features, historic landmarks and the wonderful variety of plants and trees in each park.
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- August 2008
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