Waterfront Planning

Charlestown Navy Yard

Charlestown Navy Yard, just across Boston Harbor from the North End, served the U.S. Navy as a prime site for building and repairing ships from 1800 until its closure in 1974. Today, most of the Yard is a National Historic Park where visitors can board the USS Constitution and learn about local and international naval history. New residential properties and a marina mark the northern edge of the area. A branch of Massachusetts General Hospital and the new Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital bring state-of-the-art healthcare into this historic neighborhood. 

The most recent plan, The Charlestown Navy Yard Waterfront Activation Network Plan, was produced in 2007 and is an amendment to the original 1990 Harborpark Municipal Harbor Plan. The plan's overarching goal is to further activate the Yard's waterfront with uses for both local residents and visitors. Strategies include the creation of year-round public destinations; improved access, way-finding, and signage; and increased water-dependent uses such as sailing facilities, marinas, and water transit facilities.

For more information, please contact Richard McGuinness, Deputy Director for Waterfront Planning, by email or by telephone at 617.918.4323.

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