About Us

The Charlesgate Alliance launched on January 24th, 2017, to bring positive change to the Charlesgate neighborhood. We look forward to working with you! We are dedicated to improving Charlesgate and to knitting together the Charlesgate district. We promise to become an effective force to defend and serve our diverse and dynamic neighborhood.

Here is a July 2022 piece on Chronicle about the project, featuring our architects, Dan and Marie Law Adams of Landing Studio and Parker James, co-founder of the Charlesgate Allliance.


Read the letter to Governor Baker written by Karen Mauney-Brodek, Pam Beale and Parker James, sent on November 11, 2020 to advocate for the Charlesgate area. 33 organizations signed on to support the letter. Also attached is Mayor Walsh’s October 21, 2020 letter to the Governor.

The City of Boston made a video with one of our co-founders, Pam Beale, as a result of the Alliance being awarded CPA money in 2019. Parker James is the other co-founder.

See our Achievements page for details on the CPA grant.

Short-Term Goals

  • Develop the notion of Charlesgate as a neighborhood – join us and donate!
  • Improve the Charlesgate park areas. We hired Project Place to clean the park in the summer of 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, and now 2023 to supplement the work that the Department of Conservation and Recreation performs.

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Medium-Term Goals

  • Create safe, pedestrian friendly, public areas – Share your ideas
  • Improve Muddy River water quality
  • Help public agencies like the DCR and MassDOT maintain and improve the area

Long-Term Goals

  • Charlesgate revitalization
  • A fully integrated Charlesgate neighborhood
  • A solid, enduring Charlesgate Alliance organization

Landing Studio Designs

Landing Studio is the architectural firm hired by Charlesgate Alliance and the Emerald Necklace Conservancy in conjunction with DCR to develop concept designs for enhancements to the Charlesgate area. Funding for this project came from community residents and a matching grant from the Solomon Foundation.

You can view presentations from our past meetings as downloadable PDFs.

The illustration below is a proposed design idea for what Landing Studio calls the Bowl and Bridge area of Charlesgate. For more background information, please see the PDF of Landing Studio’s presentation at the April 9th Talk about DCR Charlesgate meeting.
There is an area of Charlesgate that we think would be great for a dog park.
The Muddy River-to-land connection could be improved.
Areas under the Bowker Overpass could be used for activities and take advantage of the ceiling that it provides.
This part adjacent to the Bowker Overpass by Newbury Street could have a pedestrian and bicycle bridge to alleviate the isolation in “The Circles” area of the current park.
Landing Studio designated areas of the park in the illustration below at the December 4, 2017, Talk About DCR Charlesgate Park meeting.

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Please contact us at charlesgatealliance@gmail.com if you have any questions!

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