At the Head of Boston Harbor
Pier 5 Association is returning the Boston Naval Yard Historic Pier 5 Park to the Public. Imagine a climate resilient inclusive waterfront. Pier 5 Park offers significant healthful public equity and compliments other efforts to preserve a climate resilient Boston Harbor. Boston is rated by FEMA to be in Retrograde. Library to learn more about the missions and interests of various community initiatives and institutions. Open urban space is invaluable.
Every day of action counts.
Pier 5 is a place of Historic Honor, Value, and of global interest. Pier 5 played a variety of strategic roles from Colonial times thru WWII. Collaborations for global solutions. Preservation of Boston’s Sea Based Community Heritage.
- Veterans, Gold Star Families.
- Women Rights History
Pier 5 is a central hub to historic economic arteries of Boston’s tourism market.
- Freedom Trail
- Bunker Hill
- Harbor Walk
- Secure Viewshed Easements – An invaluable Legacy Asset (Seeing to the Boston Islands Corridor from Pier 5.
- Charlestown Community and Environment
- Public Waterfront Access
- Heat Island Effect Detriments Study
- Birds habitat and nests
- Insect management
- Civic Recognised National Park (Tourism Asset).
- Maritime DOT Operations (Ferry, Taxi)
- Shipping Lane (Commerce Vessels)
- Specially Designated Place
Waterfront Law Preserves Public Access to – Chapter 91
Mass. Gen. Laws Chapter 91 – Preserves Public Access Waterfront
- Chapter 91 codifies the public trust doctrine.
- Chapter 91 protects the public’s rights and waterfront access.
- All land under Pier 5 is public land.
- Flowed Tidelands for Water Dependent Use
- Courageous Sailing full operations protection
- Charlestown Ferry docking station.
- Water dependent uses are the focus.
Preliminary Impact Studies
- Environmental (Issues of toxic waste removal)
- Vehicular + Pedestrian Traffic
- Tourism Economics
- Park vs Private Public Equity Value
- Wind + Flood Resilience
- LOMR of Flagship affect Pier 5
- We are a community of Neighbors and Friends with over 200 years of local residency
- We represent over 3,200 Petition Supporters
- Join us and Help make Pier 5 Park Public Again.
- Online Petition at Change.org
PROMISE vs PLAN – RESULTS NOTHING
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- The Boston Redevelopment Authority- plans to develop Pier 5 as Affordable Housing
- 3 RFPs (request for proposal) for Pier 5 from 2019 are still pending.
- DEP- Dept of Environmental Protection (in charge of preserving public rights to waterfront) has been found to have violated the law in the creation of the MHP (Municipal Harbor Plans) in a lawsuit by Harbor Towers residents and the Conservation Law Foundation challenging MHP. Case is on appeal.
- DEP is now trying to add the Illegal MHPs into the DEP regulations to fix this problem. The regulation changes are pending.
- Charlestown MHP is from 1991 and expired in 1996 which BPDA denies.
- Using a Waterfront Activation Plan from 2007 for Charlestown which is probably illegal but would have to be subject of a lawsuit.
Pier 5 Association issues with the Authority plan
- No parameters for any developments of Pier 5
- Current zoning height 55 ft plus mechanicals plus 5 feet for FEMA zone
- Ch. 91 requirements –Water Dependent Uses Required
- MHP – Coastal Development Overlay, etc. blockage of waterfront
- Coastal Zone Management or Federal Navigation Servitude
- Fire, Police, Traffic, Parking etc..
- Conflicts with the Flagship Wharf c.91 licensing.
- Toxic Waste Release if Pier 5 disturbed
- Flooding and Climate change
- Structural Damage to surrounding Buildings
- Recreation and 60% of Head of the Harbor is Private use for Marinas and Limited Memberships Commercial.
BRA Vision “Imagine Boston 2030”
Image from Boardwalk of viewshed Nitzan did.
“Green Area” at the Head of the Harbor for Public Uses. This huge mural was hung at the BRA entrance for years.
Community Engagement Ideas
- Save Pier 5 for future for generations
- Marine life education and research
- Historical exhibits, art presentations
- Cafe, pop-ups, fresh air venues
- Underwater viewing: Ecology, Technology
- Complete Public Access and Views
OTHER CITIES HAVE DONE IT WHY CAN’T WE
- NYC and Philadelphia piers are iconic models
- Lots of other examples
- History with BPDA
- 2015 Director Brian Golden meeting Golden Promise to welcome the opening of Pier 5 as public park
“An activated waterfront is anchored by varied types of open spaces, featuring cultural resources and year-round programming and connecting people with the natural, cultural, and economic history of the region.“Source: Imagine Boston 2030 | Boston.gov
We urge you to sign our petition, supporting green spaces and community resources, rather than privatization of the last open public waterfront area in the city.
We welcome passionate volunteers to join us in our mission to inspire and affect resilient, revitalized, and accessible waterfront for all. You will be joining an alliance changing Boston’s public space for generations to come.
PIER 5 NOW
Open urban space is invaluable.
Every day of action counts.
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- No repairs done from 1975 to present
- 43 years since first evaluation (April 15, 1987)
- BPDA ONLY solutions –Build or Bulldoze
- Pier 5 unique fireproof construction
- Steel pilings different from typical wood pilings
- Need creative approaches
- Unique challenge
- Repair and Strengthening of Submerged Steel Piles Using GFRP Composites | Journal of Bridge Engineering | Vol 21, No 7 (ascelibrary.org)
Our community collaborative for socio-ecological justice includes
- Feasibility Visions
- Strategic planning
- Repeated communication with the Authority
- Thousands of Boston Redevelopment Authority Documents Reviewed
- Several Thousand Petition Signatures
- Community Events & Engagements
- Fighting Disinformation (Bullying from Developers on Several occasions including physical threat)
- Several Independent Engineering Firm Engagements
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Please help Keep Pier 5 Public
Many hands make light work. Can we count on you to help Save Pier 5 for future for generations?
- Sign the Petition at Change.Org
- Advocate and call your councilor, legislator, governor
- Explore Options for Making Our Vision a Reality
- Multiply $$$$$, people and support
This meeting request – BPDA adherence to the community promise
“The Charlestown Navy Yard Waterfront Activation Network Plan The 2007 plan’s overarching goal is to:
- enhance the Navy Yard’s waterfront with uses that are appealing to both local residents and workers, as well as visitors.
- The plan seeks to fulfill the promise made upon decommissioning to make this site of national significance open and welcoming to all.
while doing so in a way that is compatible with the needs of those who have chosen to live and work in the Navy Yard.
Strategies from the 2007 plan include:
- the creation of year-round public destinations;
- improved access, wayfinding, and signage; and
- increased water-dependent uses such as sailing facilities, marinas, and water transit facilities.”
Child’s Engineering Study is Insufficient
A second technical opinion with a detailed analysis of the risks and benefits of competing alternative restoration approaches is necessary
Anticipate an Economic Relief package with earmarks for infrastructure repair
A public solution to include further detailed engineering & design work, with restoration approaches that address environmental risks, shoreline resiliency, and best community interest – will require prompt action
Encroaching on Public Waterfront,
Removing Historic Landmark Parks is
Ill conceived and Wrong
Boston is beginning to implement
critical long term Nature Based
Boston Harbor Public Waterfront
New York City is a beacon of Nature Based Solutions
for urban renewal and generations ahead of Boston.
The recent “Little Island” is the latest inspiring waterfront
urban renewal achievement realised by New York City.
A public space resilient to climate change using
Nature Based Solutions.
Nature Based Solutions are also taking root
just across the harbor in East Boston. Partial De-construction, historical, nostalgic, maritime folk culture.
Boston Head of Harbor
Pier 5 Reimagine Challenge!
Harbor Park Pier 5 Autumn Competition
This fall we will begin a collaboration with Universities and Public institutions to create a Nature Based Solutions
competition for Pier 5.
Waterfront Alliance outlines a five-point progressive agenda for a harbor – Strong, Healthy, Open, Working, and Managed.
Resilient Cities Network (R-Cities) aims to support cities and their CROs in future-proofing their communities and critical infrastructure. In this new stage of our work, we are guided by four principles.
- 1.0 City-led. Cities, represented by their CROs, participate in the governance of the network.
- 2.0 Impact-focused. We prioritize resilient projects that aim to improve the lives of city dwellers.
- 3.0 Regionally driven. Activities are designed with more flexibility to cater to member cities’ needs.
- 4.0 Partnership-based. Cities’ resilience activities aim to become self-sustainable in the near future.
- Three themes Biomimicry, Buckminster, Olmstead.
Years of past proposals for renewal of Pier 5 have not been implemented.
The imagination and implementation ideas competition begins soon!
There are many visions that are being revisited.
We are working with internationally recognized engineer firms to determine the basis for design. Any design decisions are for naught until buildability is realised.