Massachusetts: Equitable Climate Resilience at Boston’s Moakley Park

Implementation of nature-based solution will reduce flood risk in environmental justice neighborhood in Boston, where sea level rise and chronic flooding pose significant threats to communities.

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Boston, Massachusetts: $24.06 Million


Moakley Park in Boston, Massachusetts, is the largest city park located along Boston Harbor. The park provides green space access to some of Boston’s most disadvantaged communities. In order to ensure longevity of the park, as well as other communities and green spaces along the Boston Harbor, in 2016 the city of Boston began developing coastal hazard risk reduction plans across the shoreline of the Boston Harbor as part of the Climate Ready Boston program.

Project Description

The project provides protection for an environmental justice neighborhood with critical assets and infrastructure against current risks as well as most major coastal storms under an anticipated 51.5 inches of sea level rise through approximately 2070. The proposed project includes an earthen berm (approximately 2,500 feet long) with a core wall, as well as stormwater management improvements and other complementary coastal protection strategies at Moakley Park. The elevated berm and coastal landscape elements mitigate the risks of coastal storms and stormwater flooding events through a nature-based solution that would protect the park and surrounding infrastructure, neighborhoods, evacuation routes, and other critical infrastructure and lifelines from current flood risks and the projected risks.

Last updated August 16, 2022