Friends of the Harborwalk

The Friends of the Boston HarborWalk is a group of volunteers dedicated to enhancing enjoyment of Boston’s HarborWalk. The Friends meet monthly to plan and coordinate our three main priorities:

  1. Hosting free, monthly two-hour long interpretive tours along Boston’s 43-mile HarborWalk;
  2. Organizing waterfront clean-up days and reporting maintenance concerns to ensure that the full length of  the HarborWalk is clean, safe, and inviting;
  3. Installing more interpretive and wayfinding signs to help people learn about and enjoy Boston’s HarborWalk and its waterfront neighborhoods.

For more information and to join the Friends, contact Mike Manning, Chair, at mm@avsglp.com.

Harborwalk Guided Tours

Volunteers with the Friends lead monthly guided tours of the Harborwalk from Belle Isle Marsh in East Boston to the former Baker Chocolate Factory in lower Dorchester.  Tours typically run from 10 am to noon on Saturdays and begin and end near public transit.  To register for upcoming tours, please go to Eventbrite and/or join Boston Harbor Now’s email list.  If you are interested in developing and/or leading a tour, please contact Mike Manning, Chair, at mm@avsglp.com.  Planned trips in 2018 include:

January 27th:  Second Annual Winter Harbor Cruise from Long Wharf.

February 24th:  Ticketed private tour of the USS Constitution and its museum.

March 24th:  First-ever Film and Literary Tour of Boston’s waterfront.

April 28th:  Dorchester’s Port Norfolk.

May 19th:  Recreational Boating on Our Harbor.

June 23rd:  Location TBD.

July 14th:  South Boston’s Carson Beach.

Aug 11th or 18th:  Bike tour of Dorchester.

Harborwalk Cleanups

Over the past four decades, thousands of volunteers have helped us clean up several hundred tons of litter from Boston’s waterfront, harbor and islands.  Please let us know if you are interested in hosting your volunteer group. Typical cleanup events run from 9-12 am on designated weekday or weekend mornings.  For more information contact Eric Bankey at esbankey@msn.com.

Harborwalk Signage Committee

The Signage Committee’s goal is to encourage use and enjoyment of the 43-mile Harborwalk by residents and visitors. We are working closely with neighborhood partners to add engaging, stylistically consistent interpretive signs, to significantly enhance the Harborwalk’s connectivity and celebrate Boston’s waterfront history. The committee is also planning wayfinding signs at key “entry points” to the Harborwalk.  For more information contact Liz Nelson Weaver at nelsonlizm@gmail.com.