The Navy Yard Garden Association Inc. shall help the Boston Planning and Development Agency revitalize and enhance its 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 adopted March 8, 2018
First, a bit of history…
In February 2017, a group of seven neighbors joined together to make a difference in their neighborhood. They formed the Navy Yard Garden Association, an independent volunteer organization focused on restoring waterfront gardens within the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston. The group set a goal to revitalize two gardens in the Navy Yard by June 17, 2017, a date by when the City of Boston, including the Charlestown Navy Yard, would host Tall Ships participating in SailBoston2017. The group envisioned beautiful gardens by the harbor for visitors and neighbors to enjoy as they arrived to celebrate and participate in the weeklong international sailing event. Located near Piers 4 and 6, the two gardens were chosen due to their proximity to the harbor and their poor condition. The two beds totaled 2,400 square feet of dirt, rocks and tired plantings, an area equal to 55 king-sized mattresses that created a massively lackluster first impression for thousands of tourists, ship crews and TV cameras arriving in the Charlestown Navy Yard.
Long Term Goals
In addition to Public Art, the Association is planning permanent improvements for Shipyard Park including the addition of outdoor LED tree lights (twinkle lights) along the park pathways, free WIFI and perennial plantings tolerant of the harbor microclimate.
The Navy Yard Garden Association is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization. Regularly scheduled meetings of the board are held on the first Monday of every month in Building 114 of the Navy Yard.
2019 - 2020 Officers and Directors
Robin DiGiammarino, President
Donna Kenny, Secretary
Nancy Krepelka, Treasurer
Jules Pieri, Hallie Pinta, Terry Savage, Marian Tse, Directors
Ruth Raphael, Ex-officio