The Landscape Architect’s Guide to


Rose F. Kennedy Greenway

Wharf District Parks

Your Guide
JP Shadley, FASLA

Long separated by an elevated freeway, the Wharf District Parks reconnected Boston to the harbor while profoundly transforming the area’s quality of life in an open space renaissance for the downtown.

The Wharf District Parks include a number of the most distinctive features of the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway, including the commemorative Mother’s Walk; the iconic "Great Room;" the Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion; and a new Greenway Carousel (opened Labor Day 2013).

Ecological benefits from the new parks include a 37 percent reduction in stormwater runoff by replacing the 100 percent impervious Central Artery freeway with 4 acres of park space – of which 40 percent is pervious area. 

Overall landscape design and master planning were prepared by AECOM (formerly EDAW) and Copley Wolff Design Group.

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