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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 mmanning@bostonharbornow.org.

UPCOMING TOURS (Tentative Schedule)

All tours are led by volunteers from the Friends of the Boston Harborwalk. Beginning in June of 2021, in person walking tours have resumed. Standard walking tours take place on Saturdays at 10:00 AM; however, some locations require alternative times and winter tours may be offered online.

  • Friday, December 31 – 1:00 PM: Historic Wharf District  (sign up)

RECORDED TOURS  

During the pandemic, many tours moved online. Recordings of some of the virtual tours from 2020 and 2021 are below.

2020 virtual tours

2021 virtual tours

To register for these upcoming tours, please go to Eventbrite and/or join Boston Harbor Now’s email list. To view all previous virtual tours, check out this YouTube playlist.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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 mmanning@bostonharbornow.org.

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. The signs created by our team to date, can be viewed here. For more information contact Mike Manning at mmanning@bostonharbornow.org.

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 esbankey@msn.com.

2021 MEETINGS

The Friends of the Boston Harborwalk meet at 5:30 pm on the fourth Thursday of the month. They are currently meeting virtually. Please please contact Mike Manning at mmanning@bostonharbornow.org to attend. Upcoming 2021 meetings will be held on the following dates:

  • October 28th
  • November 18th

FRIENDS IN THE NEWS

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