Boston is home to some fabulous waterfront space, but the city does an excellent job of capitalizing on this land in a variety of ways. Among these is the inclusion on waterfront parks boasting ample greenspace for residents to enjoy. Here is a look at a few of the parks that you might want to check out.
The 22-acre Castle Island boasts plenty of greenspace along the Harborwalk. While the dominating features of the park are the five bastions of the old Fort Independence, the park also connects with the JFK library area via Marine Park and Carson Beach.
Christopher Columbus Park
Designed and developed by Sasaki Associates in the 1970s, Christopher Columbus Park is considered to be one of the more important greenspaces in Boston’s history. The large park, which was developed as part of an attempt to reclaim part of the waterfront, features spray springs for the kids, a playground and a public art installation.
Located partially in Boston and partially in Winthrop, Deer Island features a 2.6-mile pathway along the waterfront as well as 2 miles of trails on the hills farther inland. The park is also home to a wastewater treatment facility that is open for tours.
Fan Pier Park
Boasting a number of chairs, tables and even a lookout terrace, Fan Pier Park puts visitors in the middle of all of the hustle and bustle of Boston’s waterside life. In the fall, the park also features a fire pit.
Joe Moakley Park
Located in the Southie-Dot borderlands, Joe Moakley Park is an expansive park offering a number of sports facilities. Among these are baseball and softball diamonds, batting cages, basketball courts and tennis courts. The park is also conveniently located right next to Carson Beach.
Designed by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Langone Park features a playground, a Little League baseball diamond and three bocce courts. When combined with neighboring Prince Street Park and the Puopolo athletic area, the area forms one massive expanse of green along the Harbor.
Pilot House Park
Situated behind the Lewis Wharf Garage, Pilot House Park provides a sliver of greenspace near the much larger Harborwalk.
South Boston Maritime Park
Meant to evoke the maritime past of the area, South Boston Maritime Park was part of the state’s redevelopment of the Southie waterfront. Features of the park, which is situated across D Street from Eastport Park, include a three-season café with outdoor seating, a massive lawn and a pair of pergolas.
Known for its famous bandstand, Marine Park is located right next to the beachfront of Pleasure Bay. Features of the park, which is owned by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, include a playground, athletic fields and numerous lawns.
Situated along the University of Massachusetts-Boston campus and just a short distance from the JFK library, UMass Harborwalk was recently renovated in 2015. The park offers lovely views of the waterfront as well as ample bench seating.
Paul Revere Park
Located in Charlestown, Paul Revere Park boasts great views of the Zakim Bridge as well as a playground and a dog run.
Just barely a decade old, Piers Park offers beautiful views of the Boston Skyline along with plenty of greenspace and music.