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Last updated: 5/15/19

South Boston

An urban neighborhood with a strong sense of history and tradition.

South Boston is home to Dorchester Heights and other hills where George Washington’s army set up cannon to force the British out of Boston in 1776.  The cannon were dragged from Fort Ticonderoga by Henry Knox.  Dorchester Heights is now a National Park.

South Boston
Boston, MA 02127
United States

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Jul 18

South Boston Summer Sports Center

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Jul 18

Summer tennis and reading program (ages 6 - 10)

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Jul 18

Summer tennis and reading program (ages 11 - 18)

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Jul 18

Boston Neighborhood Basketball League

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Jun 25

Updates coming to parking meter rates starting on Monday, July 1

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Jun 20

Free ParkARTS Children’s workshops in July and August

Parks and Recreation
Mayor Walsh with Martin's family
Jun 17

Martin's park opened at the Smith family waterfront

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Jun 14

Bunker Hill Parade, Adidas Boost Games, Other Events

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Neighborhood features

South Boston became a largely working-class neighborhood. Residents found work on the South Boston waterfront, or in factories such as Gillette, which still employs local residents.  Parts of the neighborhood were heavily industrial, with businesses including ironworks and glassworks.

South Boston is now a highly desirable residential neighborhood.  Residents enjoy the convenience of living in South Boston, as well as the amenities available in the neighborhood. The Fort Point Channel Historic District is located in South Boston. Fort Point is a hub for the arts community, and has a large population of working artists.

South Boston’s beaches are popular with all ages, and Mayor Walsh recently created a family friendly beach at the Curley Community Center.  Mayor Walsh has also made upgrading South Boston’s infrastructure a priority:

  • an unprecedented number of streets have been repaved
  • a dilapidated traffic island was replaced
  • Medal of Honor Park is getting a multi-million dollar renovation, and
  • additional parks will be renovated.
Medal of Honor Park

Medal of Honor Park is located on Broadway, and features two playgrounds, playing fields, and the nation’s first Vietnam War Memorial.  Renovations to the park are underway, and will ensure it remains a park all South Bostonians can be proud of.

community centers

There are three City community centers in South Boston. The Curley is located on the beach and offers year-round recreation options, while the Tynan and Condon are located within school buildings.

Flaherty Park

Flaherty Park, located on Second Street, is also about to undergo renovations to ensure it is a welcoming place for generations of families to come.