Climate Change & Environmental Planning


Boston's HARBORWALK program, forming a continuous shoreline walking path, is one of the most important components of the City's waterfront revitalization program. The HARBORWALK system connects the City’s neighborhoods to its Harbor; leading recreational, cultural and historic attractions; and water transportation facilities. When completed, the HARBORWALK will stretch over 47 miles from Dorchester to East Boston and connect to inland paths and trails, including the South Bay Harbor Trail (from Roxbury), Walk to the Sea (from the State House), and the Neponset and East Boston Greenways.

The HARBORWALK program is a collaborative effort among the BRA, municipal agencies, state agencies, private developers, residents, and harbor advocacy groups. The walkway system can take the form of linear pathways in areas that are easily accessible to pedestrians, and observation points along industrial or less open areas. The route is constructed in segments by developers of waterfront properties. Pursuant to the City's zoning code, new waterfront developments are required to setback their buildings from the shoreline and construct a portion of the HARBORWALK within that setback. This is to ensure waterfront access to pedestrians looking to enjoy the City's harbor views. More information about the path can be found at the HARBORWALK website

For more information, please contact Richard McGuinness, Deputy Director for Climate Change & Environmental Planning, by email or by telephone at 617.918.4323.

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