New Section of HarborWalk Opens at UMass Boston

Office of Communications | July 17, 2015
New Section of HarborWalk  Opens at UMass Boston

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We are so pleased to share this beautiful stretch with our friends and neighbors.

Stretch Between JFK Library, Harbor Point Features Recreational Amenities

A newly constructed section of the HarborWalk, between the JFK Library and Museum and Harbor Point Apartments, has opened to the public.

The 800-foot stretch of shoreline on the north side of the UMass Boston campus features a paved walkway, benches, lighting, gathering spaces, and an area to display artwork.  Bike racks and signs with historical narratives will be installed later this summer.

“It’s wonderful to see this new section open for walkers, joggers, bicyclists, and everyone who wants to enjoy our spectacular waterfront this summer,” said Chancellor J. Keith Motley. “We are so pleased to share this beautiful stretch with our friends and neighbors.”

The construction project, which began last summer, placed 3,200 tons (6.4 million pounds) of stone along the shoreline to stabilize it, before adding the walkway and other amenities. A significant amount of granite blocks unearthed from the Big Dig was donated by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

A formal dedication of the new section is scheduled for September.

Areas along the section of the HarborWalk have been seeded with grass and native plants. The public is asked to refrain from using these areas until the vegetation has taken root.

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