Resilient Moakley Park Connectors
Boston's Congressional delegation secured a $1,650,000 earmark for FY 2022 Congressionally Directed Spending from the FEMA Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program to help Boston extend the implementation of coastal resilience infrastructure to the north and south of Moakley Park. This project is a collaboration between the City of Boston, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, and other partners. Over a 2-3 year period, the project will complete all pre-construction planning and design activities in support of climate resilience investments on the northern and southern areas of Moakley Park.
In the South Boston and Dorchester neighborhoods, Moakley Park and the adjacent areas represent a large future flood pathway. With 40 inches of sea-level rise, Moakley Park, in combination with Fort Point Channel, becomes the location of a major flood pathway. This flood pathway would likely flood portions of the South End and Roxbury during a 1% storm event, which could directly impact an estimated 35,000 people around 2070, including over 1,700 low- income families in two Boston Housing Authority projects. Protecting these neighborhoods is a priority for the region and the City.
In early 2019, the City of Boston Parks and Recreation Department completed the Moakley Park Vision Plan, which is a collective vision for adding climate resilience and new programs to the park. Building upon the Moakley Park Vision Plan, the City submitted an application for a FY21 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Building Resilience Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Grant to complete design and construction of the Park’s resilience elements. The application has been identified for further review.