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BOSTON — A new website helps residents to take advantage of all that Moakley Park has to offer, including providing a one-stop resource to view and request permits for Moakley’s 30 reservable facilities, such as picnic and community gathering areas, multi-use fields, and basketball courts.

MoakleyPark.org, developed by Boston Harbor Now in collaboration with the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, is a single online home for resources related to the park, including upcoming events and community programming, as well as detailed information on how to get to the park by bike and transit.

Boston Harbor Now serves as the City’s non-profit partner for the park, which is Boston’s largest waterfront open space, located adjacent to Carson Beach on the South Boston waterfront. Designed in 1916 as part of a vision set forth by Frederick Law Olmsted, the park is a hub of recreation and community for residents of South Boston, Dorchester, and other neighborhoods around the city.

“We hope this website, more than a year in the making, offers something for everyone who is interested in using Moakley Park and becoming part of the park’s community,” said Kathy Abbott, president and CEO of Boston Harbor Now. “People benefit by playing at Moakley Park whether on one of the many athletic fields, courts, or playgrounds and help ensure we have a broad range of individuals invested in the park’s future in an era of climate change.”

Importantly, the website provides critical information on future planning for the park and ways residents can contribute their ideas. Moakley is in the midst of a design process that seeks to better serve contemporary needs of the community while protecting surrounding neighborhoods from the anticipated impacts of climate change.

“Whether you’re looking to book one of our facilities, stay updated on upcoming events, or engage in shaping the park’s future, this website is your comprehensive resource,” said Boston Parks and Recreation Commissioner Ryan Woods. “We’re grateful to our partners at Boston Harbor Now for creating this digital home that will foster connectivity, recreation, and stewardship of Moakley Park.”

The website includes:

  • one-stop permit requests for all relevant Moakley facilities
  • a calendar of upcoming events and park planning meetings
  • opportunities for both individuals and groups to volunteer at the park
  • an email list where visitors can sign up to receive park updates in their inbox

“As a nature-loving sports-active child, Moakley Park was essential to my growth and development, and it very much is to this day for me, my children, and my community,” said Mercy Robinson, Executive Director of South Boston en Accion. “Moakley is brought to life by communities near and far, and I am super excited about this website. It will allow everyone to stay informed, give feedback, advocate, and sign up for events and programming at Moakley Park.”

In addition to developing the website, Boston Harbor Now engages residents with Moakley in multiple ways, including providing vibrant and welcoming year-round free public programming, leading monthly clean-ups, bulb plantings, and other stewardship activities, and conducting community engagement to help shape the vision for the park’s future design. Boston Harbor Now also works with adjacent public and private property owners to ensure that the flood protection and public space design of the surrounding area will integrate with the future park.

The website launch corresponds with a summer series of community programming being coordinated by Boston Harbor Now in the park, beginning with a set of volunteer clean-up events on May 18, June 15, and July 20, and August 18.

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