The Navy Yard Garden Association, Inc. revitalizes and enhances public open spaces within the Charlestown Navy Yard including Shipyard Park through planning, design, programming, and implementation for the benefit of residents and visitors alike.
Mission Statement, revised March 2021
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The Navy Yard is a significant historical site that illustrates aspects of the naval, industrial, and technological history of the United States. Today, the Navy Yard boasts historic resources including a section of the Freedom Trail and the USS Constitution Museum, as well as first quality open space, such as Shipyard Park and Menino Park.
The area is a hub for health care research and practice, including development and administrative affiliates of Partners Health Care, MGH Institute of Health Professions, and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. The “Yard” offers some of the best views of the Boston skyline, the city’s diverse shoreline, and the majestic Bunker Hill Monument.
Boston’s dramatic, boat-filled inner harbor is on gorgeous display from the Navy Yard. The city’s more than 40-mile Harbor Walk extends alongside the Navy Yard for two beautiful miles, reaching from the USS Constitution’s berth to Menino Park’s imaginative public playground at the mouth of the Mystic River. City residents, visitors and tourists bicycle, walk and jog here on the Harbor Walk every day.
This charming and restful oasis contains nearly 12 acres of gardens and mature plantings, paved walkways, an award-winning industrial-inspired fountain, brick amphitheater, and comfortable benches attracting visitors year-round.
Shipyard Park is home to the Massachusetts Korean War Memorial, which offers an impressive audio exhibit of veterans’ oral histories. The Charlestown Navy Yard Ferry Terminal extends out from the south side of the park.
Childs Bertman and Tsekares (CBT) Architects and Carol R. Johnson Associates were commissioned to design the transition of the portion of the site not included in Boston National Historical Park from a working navy yard. They maintained the site’s industrial fabric, while also installing the twelve-acre rectangular Charlestown Naval Shipyard Park at the Navy Yard’s center. The park is crisscrossed by red brick paths and features a playground, a terraced concrete water feature, and large expanses of lawn bordered by mature shade trees. https://tclf.org/boston-navy-yard#.XlenDRJbG2g.email
WOW: WIND ON
The Navy Yard Garden Association has launched the free public art exhibit WOW: Wind on Water by nationally recognized metal sculptor Lyman Whitaker, whose work is held in private collections and displayed at public sites across the U.S. and internationally. The sculptures will be on view throughout the seasons until May 2021.
Whitaker’s family friendly exhibit showcases the Navy Yard’s windy microclimate with 31 Wind Sculptures™ of elegant designs and varying heights from approximately six to eighteen feet, spinning and delighting visitors who view the sculptures along the Harbor Walk from Shipyard Park to Menino Park.
This special outdoor exhibit is made possible by support from the Boston Planning & Development Agency and a grant from the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture and by the City of Boston. In addition, sponsors include corporations, friends and neighbors who have generously lent their support for the first-ever Navy Yard installation of Whitaker’s work in this unique corner of the city.
Come for a “gallery” stroll soon and enjoy a safe, healthy event alongside the city‘s historic harbor!
Photo by James Lee
Video by M. Gyra