Photo by Arlan Fonseca
Times like these bring the urgency for action, for understanding, and for change. As I write this during a time of great public unrest— ignited by the killings of Black men and women by police officers— the critical need for systemic change for public health and safety, especially for the Black lives in our communities, has become paramount. Within the spaces that we work, the waterfront, Harbor, and Islands, Boston Harbor Now continues to strive for a more equitable Harbor where for centuries, and even within the last few decades, we have fallen short.
Days ago, the Boston Harbor Now team and our partners wrapped up our second ever Boston Harbor For All summit where hundreds of minds and voices reflecting all aspects of our communities listened, learned, and explored what it means to create welcoming and resilient public spaces around the harbor. If you weren’t able to join us for the day, reach out here for access to the resources and videos from the summit once they’re available.
Behind the scenes, we continue to work with our Park Partners to move forward the plan for this year’s season on Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park and the waterfront. Pier repair, public ferry plans, and public programming are just some of the hundreds of individual items that are being reviewed with an eye to safety during the ongoing pandemic. We look forward to more details soon.
With grace and kindness, I hope to see you on the Harbor,
Katherine F. Abbott
President and CEO
Boston Harbor Now