Friends of the Boston Harborwalk

The FBHW is a group of volunteers with a mission to create awareness, promote public enjoyment, and foster local stewardship of Boston’s 43-mile Harborwalk. The group meets monthly to plan and coordinate three priorities:

  1. Host informative monthly two-hour tours highlighting different Harborwalk segments.
  2. Develop engaging and site-specific interpretive signs for residents and visitors along the Harborwalk and collaborating with waterfront property owners and other stakeholders on their installation.
  3. Organize waterfront clean-up events and reporting maintenance concerns to help ensure that the entire length of the Harborwalk is clean, safe, and inviting.

For more information on joining the FBHW, contact Mike Manning, Chair, at


  • August 28th: Eastie by Sea – Tour of Chelsea Creek on a PT boat (Wednesday evening)
  • September 14th: Deer Island (in partnership with Massachusetts Water Resource Authority)
  • October: Saturday Walk Series in honor of the Harborwalk’s 35th anniversary
  • November 16th: North End to the Navy Yard
  • December 31st: Wharf District (Tuesday afternoon)
  • January 11th: Maps and the Changing Waterfront (in partnership with the Boston Public Library)
  • February 22nd: Fourth Annual Winter Harbor Cruise
  • March 21st: Literary “tour” of Boston Harbor
  • April 18th: TBD

To register for these upcoming tours, please go to Eventbrite and/or join Boston Harbor Now’s email list.


Please help us accomplish our goals by becoming a FBHW volunteer.  Here are a few opportunities for you to become involved:

Harborwalk Guided Tour Team

Tour team volunteers lead different guided excursions each month.  Most tours are on foot, others via bicycle or by boat, with each event exploring a different Harborwalk segment 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.   If you are interested in developing and/or leading a tour, please contact Mike Manning at

Harborwalk Signage Team

Our signage team works closely with property owners and all stakeholders to develop content for engaging and inclusive interpretive signs along the Harborwalk, celebrating Boston’s rich waterfront history by focusing on local points of interest. For more information contact Mike Manning at

Harborwalk Clean-up Team

Building on a long tradition of giving back to the community, countless volunteers from local corporate and civic organizations help our team periodically undertake a needed clean-up along a Harborwalk segment. These clean-ups typically occur from 9 am to noon on a date of your choosing. If you’re interested in hosting your volunteer group for this purpose, please contact Erik Bankey at

You can also volunteer with the Friends of the Boston Harborwalk on Park Serve Day at the Neponset River Spring Cleanup. Register here for the April 27th clean-up and select the Tenean Beach, Dorchester site.


The Friends of the Boston Harborwalk meet at 5:30 pm on the fourth Thursday of the month in the Leventhal  Room at the Boston Harbor Hotel. Upcoming 2019 meetings will be held on the following dates:

  • September 26th
  • October 23rd (Wednesday)
  • no meeting in November
  • December 19th


With the centennial of the Great Molasses Flood, the new sign researched and designed by the signage committee garnered significant news coverage.