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UMass Boston's $4 million HarborWalk Improvements and Shoreline Stabilization project, a Phase One element of the 25-year master plan, is underway. Shoreline protection will include stabilizing the existing edge and eliminating the continued loss of debris (such as concrete and brick) into Boston Harbor.

Rendering of HarborWalk improvements


The 800-foot section of the HarborWalk located on university property between the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum and Harbor Point apartments.

What's Happening?

A paved walkway closer to the waterfront, made up of 5,400 tons of stone, will replace the current path. The new stretch will feature benches, lighting, gathering spaces, native plants, interpretive signs with historical narratives, and an area to display artwork. 


  • Enhanced public access and accessibility to the waterfront
  • Improved connections between the campus and the waterfront
  • Restoration and protected shoreline segment of this stretch of HarborWalk to prevent further coastal erosion


July 2014: Construction begins; pedestrian detour in place

Summer 2015: Construction expected to be completed, installation of native plants


Pedestrian Detour

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