The Emerald Necklace Conservancy's annual Party in the Park is back with Cocktails in the Park - an autumnal cocktail party at picturesque Jamaica Pond. Join us on Wednesday, September 22 from 5-7:30pm at Pinebank Promontory to celebrate the essential role of the Emerald Necklace in our city and help support the Revitalization of Charlesgate Park.
Located at the intersection of Boston’s Back Bay, Fenway and Kenmore neighborhoods, Charlesgate Park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted as a critical link between the Emerald Necklace, Charles River Esplanade and the Commonwealth Avenue Mall.
Decades of prioritizing road construction over parkland have compromised this once-idyllic space, covering it with a highway overpass, dividing it with new roads and on-ramps and turning its central waterway, the Muddy River, into an armored and polluted environment. Stripped of its amenities and underutilized, what was originally a neighborhood park and a local destination now functions primarily as a pass-through space for pedestrians and vehicles.
Proposed improvements for the redesigned park include a universally accessible children's play area, one of Boston's largest dog parks, new rain gardens and wetland areas to treat and clean the Muddy River and an expanded network of bicycle and pedestrian pathways that will connect Charlesgate Park - and the Emerald Necklace - to adjacent park systems and beyond.
Photography by: Renderings provided by Landing Studio