To the Editor,
Thank you for your good article “CNC Calls for Respect from City Leaders; Needs Interest from the Community” (April 5) and for printing Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) Director Golden’s letter in response. The Little Mystic Channel is a forgotten corner of Boston’s waterfront with a lot of potential. Virtually all of its shoreline is owned by four different departments within the City of Boston – schools, parks, housing, and BPDA. This provides an opportunity to create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.
The community meeting described in the article involved a lease renewal for a small portion of the Little Mystic actively being used by the Boston AutoPort. The lease renewal can and should both support AutoPort operations and provide meaningful open space. P.O.R.T park along Chelsea Creek and the Tommy Butler Park along East First Street in South Boston are good examples. We strongly support completing a HarborWalk loop across the “annex” parcel by broadening and redeveloping the shoreline where there is now a fenced-off right of way.
Beyond this first step, a community-led design and reinvestment process for the HarborWalk and open space along the entire Little Mystic Channel would especially benefit several thousand people living in nearby public housing, as well as Spaulding Rehab patients and families. We would be delighted to work with the Charlestown Neighborhood Council, the BPDA and others on such a process.
Mystic River Watershed Association
Thank you for the New Turf
To the Editor,
On behalf of the 400-plus members of the Charlestown Youth Soccer Association, we would like to thank Mayor Martin Walsh and BHA Director Bill McGonagle for their generous commitment to Charlestown. We are especially excited about the $3 million earmarked to replace our worn out turf fields. Also, special thanks to Councilor Lydia Edwards for leading the charge in helping Charlestown secure this capital grant. Thank you all for your support and we hope to see you on the pitch after the fields have been refurbished.
Youth Soccer Board
To the Editor,
We would like to write to recognize The Charlestown Community Center and their commitment to making Charlestown a wonderful place for families to live and grow. Bob McGann and his team have hosted two very large and wonderful community events within the past two weeks: The Spring Egg Hunt and The Children’s Clothing Swap. The Charlestown Mothers Association would like to send a BIG thank you to the community center for all of their hard work and collaboration. We are so thankful to you for helping us make these events fun and accessible for all of our families. We look forward to working with you in the future and hope others will explore the wonderful programing you offer.
The Charlestown Mothers Association Board