Resilient Boston Harbor

The plan to develop a climate resilient Boston Harbor in the City of Boston, Massachusetts offers strategies for Boston's 47-mile shoreline that will increase access and open space along the waterfront while better protecting the city during a major flooding event. The plan focuses on green infrastructure and natural solutions to lowering the severity of sea level rise and flooding from climate change. “Resilient Boston Harbor” invests in Boston's waterfront with a proposed restructuring of Fort Point Channel, and development of coastal protection from East Boston to the Dorchester shoreline. The plan is presented with a vision for Boston Harbor and each of the neighborhoods at-risk to sea level rise, flood mapping of an 100-year storm event, and a map of ongoing and planned projects for climate change resilience.

Resilient Boston Harbor uses the City's Climate Ready Boston 2070 flood maps and coastal resilience neighborhood studies to focus on Boston's most vulnerable flood zones and communities. The strategies utilized in the plan include elevated landscapes, enhanced waterfront parks, flood resilient buildings, and increased and “revitalized” connections and access to the waterfront. 

The coastal resilience plan includes visioning for East Boston, Downtown Boston and the North End, South Boston, and Dorchester. The following projects and improvements are planned for each of these areas:

East Boston:

  • Redesigned waterfront parks that create flood protection while improving access and recreation
  • Restored marshes at Belle Isle prevent land loss and buffer the shoreline from waves and storm surge
  • New resilient developments add public access to open space, and elevated transit corridors are protected from flooding

Downtown Boston and the North End:

  • New designs for Christopher Columbus Park, Langone/ Puopolo Park, and Sargent’s Wharf
  • These designs create resilient waterfront parks that are gateways to Boston Harbor
  • The designs also connect to the Greenway and protect the neighborhood from flooding

South Boston:

  • Moakley Park redesign includes sea level rise and flooding protections
  • Fort Point Channel is redesigned for coastal resilience
  • Together, these areas work to block major flood pathways


  • Visioned as a resilient, accessible, and connected shoreline
  • Intentions are to expand beaches and create better access to the waterfront


Publication Date: October 17, 2018

Related Organizations:

  • City of Boston, Massachusetts


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