Illustration of Old Harbor Park by MassArt student Jen Treadway
As we wind down 2020 let’s work to make 2021 the year of light and love. Bundle up, don your mask, get outside and shine in celebration of each other and our harbor and all it has to offer during this time of transition.
Thanks to the Barr Foundation we are all focusing on winter use of our harbor and related open spaces. Gil Penalosa, former Parks Commission in Bogota Colombia and founder of 8 80 Cities, shared his thoughts all season cities on this month’s Waterfront Wednesday. We hope you’ll join us on the Harborwalk for our Bundle Up Boston Ice Sculpture Stroll on New Year’s Eve or tune in from home to the Friends of the Boston Harborwalk virtual tour of the Fish Pier on December 9th.
This month is an important month for supporting existing water transportation at the MBTA. Read our recent op-ed on preserving ferry service and visit our ferry advocacy page to learn more about actions you can take.
The Winter Solstice brings us the shortest day of the year, but it also marks the turning point for increasing light each day. The pandemic, racial reconciliation, our economic challenges, and environmental issues can add to the darkness, but I am reminded of Martin Luther King’s words: “Darkness can not drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate can not drive out hate; only love can do that”.
Katherine F. Abbott
President and CEO
Boston Harbor Now