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!

Mission

We are dedicated to improving Charlesgate and to knitting together the Charlesgate district. We promise to become an effective new force to defend and serve our diverse and dynamic neighborhood.

Great news! Mayor Walsh wrote a letter of support to Governor Baker for the Charlesgate Revitalization Project! You can read it here.

Imagine what it would like like if the Muddy River and Charles River connected in a way that Frederick Law Olmsted originally intended them to meet. Fens_Pond_Bridge_02_After

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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 and 2020 to supplement the work that the Department of Conservation and Recreation performs. Our current contract with Project Place provides for them to continue their work year-round.

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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.
Proposed Bowl and Bridge
There is an area of Charlesgate that we think would be great for a dog park.
Proposed Dog Park
The Muddy River-to-land connection could be improved.
Proposed water's edge
Areas under the Bowker Overpass could be used for activities and take advantage of the ceiling that it provides.
Proposed North Field
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.
Proposed South Field
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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