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Last updated: 6/20/19

City Hall Plaza renovation

The goal of the renovation is to move toward a more accessible, sustainable, and connected public space at Boston's civic heart.

Please note: As the project progresses, we will update this page with more information.  You can learn about this exciting project and upcoming events below.

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26 Court Street
10th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
United States
Latest updates

For more information, check out the City's announcement about the new City Hall Plaza design. You can also view a presentation about the schematic designs of the project.

Plaza Overview

An aerial view of the City Hall Plaza design

About the project

CITY HALL PLAZA TODAY

The seven-acre plaza is one of the City’s largest civic spaces. For the last 50 years, it has hosted events ranging from sports celebrations and political rallies to seasonal cultural festivals. Mayor Walsh is investing in City Hall Plaza to move toward a more accessible, sustainable, and comfortable shared space for all Bostonians and visitors. 

PROJECT TEAM

This project is currently in design. It is being managed, designed, and implemented by:

A contractor will be selected once the design is completed.

BACKGROUND

This first phase of the project builds on the principles set forth by:

The success of Boston Seasons on City Hall Plaza — including Boston Winter and The Patios — has shown the space’s potential. It has also shown the need for infrastructure improvements and system upgrades to sustain events of all sizes. This includes work to improve accessibility and access to power, water, and data. We want to ensure long-term success for the City, event organizers, and vendors.

PHASE 1 PROJECT SCOPE

Phase 1 of the project will deliver updated civic spaces and programming capabilities, as well as add infrastructure that will make the Plaza more sustainable, including connecting Congress and Cambridge Streets with an accessible sloped Promenade activated by 21st century civic amenities like shady seating and gathering areas, a destination play space, public art space and an iconic water feature.

  • A WELCOMING FRONT YARD FOR CIVIC LIFE

    With Boston's renovated City Hall Plaza, this community space will become universally accessible for residents of all abilities. Opening up the Plaza for all will include re-opening the second floor of City Hall Plaza to the public, allowing easier access to the building. This public-facing entrance was closed in 2001, and will open again under the new renovation plan. The renovation also includes 3,000 new welcoming spaces for residents to sit, 12,000 square feet of playscapes for children and families, and 11,000 square feet of terraces for pop-up play and interactive public art.

  • FLEXIBLE AND ACCOMMODATING EVENT VENUES

    Boston City Hall Plaza renovation will right-size one of Boston's largest event spaces, and create civic event spaces that can be used by all Boston residents. The renovation includes creating seven new "plug and play" locations for community groups to utilize, with space for 10,000 - 12,0000 visitors on the main Plaza, and room for a 20,000 - 25,000 person gathering on the entire Plaza. The new design will also include three smaller event and gathering places, and a new civic building on Congress Street, equipped with a bathroom and other facilities to support public gatherings.

  • A MODEL OF SUSTAINABILITY AND RESILIENCE

    Creating a sustainable City Hall Plaza that meets the City's environmental goals is one of the key parts of the Plaza renovation, and this renovation will make City Hall Plaza one of Boston's signature civic spaces environmentally sustainable, meeting Boston's resilience standards. The renovation includes an increase in permeable surfaces that will soak up stormwater, planning ahead for severe weather in downtown Boston. The design also includes 100 new trees, improving the shade, scale and air quality of the Plaza. Fifty lights will be replaced with efficient LED technology, and 22,500 feet of granite and brick paving will be reused or recycled.

Virtual reality panorama

Take a tour of the new City Hall Plaza designs.