Where the public space along the Boston Harbor was once unwelcoming and industrial, it has been transformed into a series of green and inviting park and recreation areas we see today. The very first of these was the Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park, which is nestled along the North End shore of the harbor. The city of Boston built the park to celebrate its bicentennial in 1976. Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park then set the trend for the city to create its series of waterfront recreation areas now known as the Harborwalk. The 47-mile Boston Harborwalk is the longest waterfront pathway in Boston and its network of foot paths, cycle tracks, trails, and bridges is growing every day.
Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park was originally built to showcase a beautiful rose garden dedicated to Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, the namesake of the nearby Greenway we know and love, who was born in the North End. Since it was renovated in 2003, the park has expanded to include grand lawns for free play, a performance area, a spray fountain, and a flower-covered trellis for shade. All of the park’s wonderful features are watched over by a statue of the great ocean explorer, Christopher Columbus, who gives the park its name. The volunteer organization, Friends of Christopher Columbus Park, organizes tons of free events for the community to enjoy year round. Check out all their family-friendly summer offerings including:
- Zumba class on Mondays at 6pm
- Musical performances on Thursdays at 7pm
- Boot camp fitness class on Fridays at 6:30am
- Volunteer gardening sessions on Sundays at 9:30am and Wednesdays at 6pm
- Movie night in the park on Sundays at sunset
Don’t forget to mark the 10th annual Boston Arts Festival coming up on August 30th and 31st from noon to 6pm all in the Christopher Columbus Park!
(Image courtesy of the Boston Harbor Association)