The Navy Yard Garden Association, together with the Ronald McDonald House at Boston Harbor are hosting the First Annual Holiday Sing & Stroll.  Please join us for holiday singing through the Yard. Refreshments available following the stroll. 

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The Navy Yard Garden Association is hosting a Summer Solstice Celebration with a magic show and picnic. Please bring the family and get dinner from the food trucks and enjoy free ice cream and face painting. 6-7 p.m.

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The Navy Yard Garden Association, together with the Ronald McDonald House at Boston Harbor are hosting the First Annual Holiday Sing & Stroll.  Please join us for holiday singing through the Yard. Refreshements available following the stroll. 

Navy Yard Garden Association Sing Along

6 – 8 p.m. 

Drydock #2

First Avenue and Sixth Street

Charlestown Navy Yard, MA


Please join Dale Rogers, artist and creator of the "The Big Dog Show" exhibition, and Mike Manning, chair of the Friends of the Boston Harborwalk, for a discussion of public art as we tour the Harborwalk in Charlestown. The "Big Dog Show" exhibition will be leaving Boston the following day on Wednesday, September 12th.


​"Big Dog Show" was brought to the Charlestown Navy Yard by the Navy Yard Garden Association and its members.


Please plan to meet at the Drydock #2 where the two "kissing" dogs from the exhibition have been located all summer (near the intersection of First Avenue and Sixth Street) at 6:00 pm. We will make our way to the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and end the tour at the sculpture on the side of the hospital on 16th Street (at approximately 7:00 pm).​


Dale Rogers has exhibited his steel sculptures in 49 states. He has a strong belief in the importance of public art that is accessible to all and is happy to answer any questions that may come up about exhibiting art and working with communities.


September 11, 2018
Farewell to the Big Dogs

We were delighted recently to discover the internationally renowned Ronald McDonald House is now located a short walk from Shipyard Park in the Navy Yard. The organization opened 18 months ago in the Harborview apartment building on1st Avenue. The Ronald McDonald House at Boston Harbor (RMHBH) has grown quickly in that time. It already consists of eleven fully furnished free housing units for young patients and their families who travel from all over the world to receive pediatric care at Boston’s world-famous medical facilities. In the short time that the House has been open, guests have arrived from twenty-three states and ten countries, staying over 2,600 nights. The facility has had a 90% occupancy rate.


According to the organization, in addition to providing cost-free housing, RMH® at Boston Harbor also offers regular on-site activities in the Community Space, located steps away from the apartments, for guest families to enjoy. Events such as art therapy, pet therapy, and family dinners offer parents and children the opportunity to connect with other families who are undergoing similar difficulties. These activities and the sense of community that they build are instrumental in helping their guests to relax and focus on family during a difficult time.

Ellen Simmons, Director of Operations and Development, states that “We are working to put together a group in the Navy Yard to be our House ambassadors in the community. One of our struggles is the lack of awareness that we are here! Beginning in September we are kicking off a campaign, Share the Yard, to engage local businesses and community groups.” She also urges Navy Yard neighbors interested in visiting the House to have a tour or to learn about volunteer opportunities to please contact her at 617-398-6458 or visit

Please join us on Tuesday, Aug. 21 at 6 p.m. in the Charlestown Navy Yard’s Shipyard Park for a reading of the book Rescue & Jessica by the authors Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes. 


For more informative about the authors, Rescue, and their remarkable journey, please click on the link below:  This video tells the story behind the book.


August 9, 2018
Bark in the Yard

CharlestownDogs is hosting “Bark in the Yard” on Thursday, Aug. 9th from 5:30-8:00 p.m. in lovely Shipyard Park located near the ferry in the Navy Yard. 
Some of the sponsors of The Big Dog Sculpture Show will have booths at the event. Bark Around Boston is doing a dog photo booth and Crate Escape is giving out dog ice cream. So come for some fun, have your picture taken with your favorite dog, and enjoy the treats!'

There will be more than a dozen dog-friendly vendors with tables and tents, and a silent auction to raise money for an official Charlestown dog park. You can see complete details on the CharlestownDogs Facebook page. For those of you who are around, please come out! Calling all pooches and their people!

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The Navy Yard Garden Association announces a Summer Solstice Celebration and Grand Opening of its unique dog-themed sculptural exhibit in the Navy Yard’s Shipyard Park on Thursday, June 21, 2018 from 7 p.m. to sunset. The public is invited to attend this free family-friendly event.

The traditional start of summer will welcome Massachusetts sculptor Dale Rogers and his whimsical art exhibit, The Big Dog Show, consisting of twenty 8’ high by 10’ long steel sculptures on display from June 21 to September 10. The big dog sculptures will be installed throughout the Navy Yard in Shipyard Park, Boston National Historical Park, and the Harbor Walk.

The exhibit is hosted by the Navy Yard Garden Association in partnership with the Boston Planning and Development Agency, Boston National Historical Park, and National Park Service. A growing list of sponsors includes Bark Around Boston, Boston Harbor Cruises, Boston Dermatology and Laser Center, Crate Escape, Cut-Splice, D.C. Beane and Associates, Diversified Automotive, Garrick-Santo Landscape Co., Harborview at the Navy Yard, Legal Sea Foods, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Pier 6 Restaurant, 7-Eleven, Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, Spinelli-Hickey LLP, The Stevens Group, and USS Constitution Museum.

Award-winning metal sculptor Dale Rogers believes, “Adding art to public landscapes can inspire people of all ages…invoke a thought, generate a conversation, and create a strong connection for people who view it. Historically, dogs have made positive and lasting impressions with people and I want The Big Dog Show to do the same.”

The exhibit will serve as a catalyst for additional programming, to be announced during the summer. A million people visit the historic sites of the Navy Yard each year, most in the summer months. The 20 majestic dogs located throughout the Navy Yard will enhance visitors’ Charlestown experience, invoking a sense of joy and discovery similar to that experienced with the city’s Tall Ships in summer 2017 and Play Me Pianos in summer 2016.