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Mayor Menino Celebrates Grand Opening of Boston Harbor Island Alliance's New Greenway Pavilion

Jun 02, 2011

On Thursday, June 2, 2011, Mayor Menino and the BRA celebrated the grand opening of the Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion, on Boston’s beautiful Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway.  The Pavilion is the first structure built on the Greenway and serves as the gateway to the Boston Harbor Islands national park area. Located adjacent to Quincy Market and Christopher Columbus Park, the Pavilion allows visitors to interact with park rangers, view ferry schedules, buy ferry tickets, examine two large-scale maps of the historic islands, and even enjoy a lovely shaded area on the Greenway.   The focus of the Pavilion is a 40 foot by 52 foot granite map of the Boston Harbor Islands. The eight islands that are accessible via public ferry are identified with vertical exhibit panels that highlight the diversity of the island environments and the range of recreational opportunities available to the public. The map and panels are beautifully lit all year long and the exhibition is a destination along the Greenway. With solar panels on its roof, the Pavilion is a net zero energy project. The Pavilion leverages several aspects of the natural environment to create a beautiful, informative, and welcoming destination on the Greenway. The Pavilion is staffed by National Park Service rangers, who will be on hand to engage potential visitors about the islands and help them plan their trip. The Pavilion was designed by Utile, Inc. with Reed Hilderbrand and IDEO. The facility was constructed by Turner Special Projects.

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