Thank you for being part of the Boston Harbor for All virtual summit on June 4, 2020. Below are digital resources for future reference.


Hear from Secretary Katie Theoharides, Massachusetts Secretary for Energy and Environmental Affairs.



What can we learn from waterfront park design and collaboration with communities in New York City, Washington, DC, and Chicago?

Hear opening remarks from Boston Harbor Now’s president and CEO, Kathy Abbott followed by a presentation on Boston’s parks by Liza Meyer, the chief landscape architect at Boston Parks and Recreation Department and a panel discussion with Jamie Maslyn Larson, director of landscape architecture at Bjarke Ingels Group; Vaughn Perry, equitable development Manager a the 11th Street Bridge Park; and Gina Ford, principal landscape architect at Agency Landscape + Planning, moderated by Nick Iselin, general manager of development at Lendlease.


How can parks on waterfronts and elsewhere feel welcoming and connected to everyone, particularly to people of color and with different abilities?

Note: The recording of this video was damaged because the video from the previous tour was still processing. Included below are the slides presented by Stephen Gray, principal, Grayscale Collaborative; Dr. KangJae “Jerry” Lee, assistant professor in the Department of Parks at North Carolina State University; and Najah Casimir, communications manager at the City of Cambridge Department of Traffic, Parking, and Transportation. For more information on the Graffiti Pier project presented by Sara Zewde, the  founding principal of Studio Zewde, please visit the studio’s website.  This panel was moderated by Adrian Walker, metro columnist for the Boston Globe.


How are Battery Park City, the Port of San Francisco, and the City of Miami Beach responding to sea level rise and climate change with new waterfront designs? 

Hear from Nasser Brahim, senior planner for climate change risk & resiliency at Kleinfelder about the work being done in the Boston Area followed by Heather Morgan, sustainability and risk management lead for metro New York at AECOM; Lindy Lowe, resilience program director for the Port of San Francisco; and Rogelio Madan, chief of community planning and sustainability for the City of Miami Beach. The panel discussion was moderated by Mia Mansfield, director of climate adaptation and resilience at the Massachusetts Executive Office for Energy and Environmental Affairs.


Mystic River in Charlestown

Tour led by Amber Christoffersen, greenways director at the Mystic River Watershed Association

Charlestown Navy Yard

Tour led by Ruth Raphael, program director for landscape architecture and design for the National Park Service, National Parks of Boston

Charles River

Tour led by Laura Jasinski, executive director of the Charles River Conservancy

East Boston Waterfront

Tour led by Gretchen Rabinkin, executive director of the Boston Society of Landscape Architects

South Boston Waterfront

Tour led by Rich McGuinness, deputy director for climate change and environmental planning at the Boston Planning and Development Agency

On the tour, Rich mentions a few planning processes. You can read more about Coastal Resilience Solutions for South Boston (completed), the Northern Avenue Bridge project (ongoing), the report by The American City Coalition about Connecting Residents of Roxbury and Dorchester to Boston’s Waterfront, and the 100 Acres Master Plan Open Space planning process (ongoing).

Moakley Park + Fort Point Channel

Tour led by Amy Whitesides, Studio Director, STOSS LANDSCAPE URBANISM

For additional background and information about the day, please refer to the digital program book.