Christopher Columbus Park, the City of Boston’s first waterfront park, was opened for Boston’s Bicentennial in 1976. Its original design provided a framework for future waterfront park projects throughout the city.
In 1987 a rose garden enclosed by a wrought iron fence and a granite fountain were added to the park to honor Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, who was born nearby at 4 Garden Court in Boston’s North End. In 1992, the Beirut memorial was built, commemorating nine marines from Massachusetts who were killed in a 1983 bombing. The memorial includes a circular granite-seating wall and brick detailing; if you stand in its center you can hear your echo.
Christopher Columbus Park was updated in 2003 and today includes broad lawns, a play lot, a spray fountain and performance area, a statue of Christopher Columbus, and a wisteria covered trellis that provides shade during the day and is lit during the holiday season. The park is an oasis in the North End and is an excellent place to relax and enjoy the harbor.