May is my favorite month! It’s full of color, more warm days that each get longer, and more opportunities to have fun outdoors whether we’re reconnecting with nature or friends. This year, the reopening of the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park, which is always worth celebrating, feels like a rebirth. The ferries to Spectacle Island return on Friday, May 21st with Friday, Saturday, and Sunday service. (Trips to Georges Island and seven-day access begins on June 25.)
May is also Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, a time to celebrate the incredibly positive force of these families on our country and the world, making contributions at every level of our society. From the horrific murders in Atlanta to recent impacts of the coronavirus in India, we owe a commitment to fight the racism they face, a debt of gratitude for all they do, and ongoing support to our Asian American and Pacific Islander friends and family.
May is also Mental Health Awareness Month, a time to acknowledge the pain we feel and the work we have to do to heal as individuals and as a country from all the challenges that the COVID-era has presented. We can acknowledge the incredibly important role that our Harbor, waterfront, and islands play in supporting our mental health and wellbeing. Think about the last time you took a walk along the Harborwalk or along a beach and how good that made you feel. The way that open spaces can provide a sense of comfort, community, and hope can be found in many places along our Harbor. I find that sense of peace sitting on top of Spectacle Island looking back at our beautiful City and the islands.
So please, come join us this month in honor of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, our mental health and in celebration of this exciting season of reopenings, reconnections, and rebirth.
Katherine F. Abbott
President and CEO
Boston Harbor Now