Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston

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The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway is a linear park located in several Downtown Boston neighborhoods. It consists of landscaped gardens, promenades, plazas, fountains, art, and specialty lighting systems that stretch over one mile through the Chinatown, Financial District, Waterfront, and North End neighborhoods. Officially opened in October 2008, the 17-acre Greenway sits on land created from demolition of the John F. Fitzgerald Expressway under the Big Dig.
The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway is named after Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, the matriarch of the Kennedy Family who was born in the neighboring North End neighborhood. Her son, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, played an important role in establishing the Greenway.
The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy was established as an independently incorporated non-profit organization in 2004 to guide the emerging park system and raise funds for an endowment and operations. In 2008, the State Legislature confirmed the Conservancy as the designated steward of the Rose Kennedy Greenway; the Conservancy operates with a lease from the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority (now Massachusetts Department of Transportation). Since February 2009, the Conservancy has operated the park, leading the maturation of this new civic space, strengthening its physical beauty, and encouraging a sense of a shared community in Boston.
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  • The greenway stretches for a long way where there are numerous places to sit and watch the world go by. We particularly like this area for eating a pastry bought at Maria‚Äôs and watching all the commut...  more »
  • Walking a lot in Boston, our group found this greenway with water elements to be refreshing. The large swings were a big hit. Also love the various art work here. A lovely oasis in the city. A place t...  more »
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  • Such an amazing walkway. Plenty of room for people, bikers, tourists, etc. Several adorable pig statues as well! We wandered from the Boston Flower Show through to the Quincy Market.
  • I was pleasantly surprised to see the greenway finished. You can legit walk from the Haymarket station to South station safely. Whoever designed this definitely did an excellent job. Outside of Haymarket station is the start of the greenway where you will find the area where there are tables and they are covered so in the summer your kids can play in the water (there are small water jets that squirt from the ground) and you can drink your coffee and snack on your cannoli from a bakery in the north end. Walk all the way through on the path surrounded by beautiful shrubs trees and flowers. When you reach south station, if its Tuesday or Thursday you can shop at the farmers market. Highly recommend.

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