EBC is excited to present this series of webinars featuring projects and organizations leading the way in climate change adaptation and mitigation in New England. Featuring the nominated projects for the 2020 EBC Annual EBEE Awards Program, this series will focus on the forward-thinking and innovative projects being planned and implemented throughout New England.
This seventh webinar in the series will discuss the resilient refurbishment of Langone Park & Puopolo Playground. Langone Park & Puopolo Playground is one of the oldest parks in the Boston Parks and Recreation System and the only recreational space with athletic fields in the North End. Located on Boston Harbor, the 4.5-acre site is composed of filled tidelands and the Boston Harborwalk path extends along the park’s waterfront and crosses through the park to Commercial Street.
Working in coordination with multiple City of Boston Departments, a series of coastal resiliency strategies were implemented as part of the park reconstruction, which used the Boston Harbor Flood Risk Model (BH-FRM) and the recently completed Boston Public Works Department (BPWD) “Climate Resilient Design Standards & Guidelines for Protection of Public Rights-of-Way.” Design of this park was the first project to test and implement the BPWD Resilient Guidelines and will be the first waterfront park in the City of Boston designed for 2070 climate projections. Langone Park & Puopolo Playground serves as a catalyst for resilient design and creates the pivotal first link in a future chain of flood protection along the Downtown Boston waterfront.
The design reflects an innovative combination of climate mitigation and flood protection considerations with high design value for recreational facilities; this included integrating a retaining wall through the landscape to provide up to 6 ft. of flood protection without walling the park off from the Harbor; stabilizing the existing, degraded seawall and elevating a new Harborwalk path on micropiles; capturing and directing stormwater through outfalls with internal tide gates; and designing sports courts that can temporarily store stormwater and recover quickly from major storm events.
Join us for this EBC webinar to learn how the refurbishment of Langone Park & Puopolo Playground implemented a series of coastal resiliency strategies as part of the park reconstruction.
Program Chair & Moderator:
- Eugene Bolinger, RLA, Principal-in-Charge, Weston & Sampson
- Cathy Baker-Eclipse, RLA, Project Manager, City of Boston Parks and Recreation Department
- Julie Eaton Ernst, P.E., Lead Resiliency Engineer, Weston & Sampson
- Brandon Kunkel, Team Leader, Weston & Sampson
Armstrong, Caroline BETA Group, Inc. Engineering Designer
Bender, Eric Bender editor
Bossange, James Ascent Environmental LLC President
Brown, Alice Boston Harbor Now Chief of Planning and Policy
Carey, Gretchen Republic Services Recycling and Organics Coordinator
Devereaux, Paula Pierce Atwood LLP Partner
Dmochowski, Richard FECB Fairfield, CT Member
Estes-Smargiassi, Stephen MWRA Director of Planning and Sustainability
Geigis, Priscilla DCR Deputy Commissioner for Conservation and Resource Stewardship
Hersey, Rich GHCDC Exec Dir
Hoffnagle, Brittany Woods Hole Group Environmental Scientist
Isherwood, Todd Mass Maritime Outreach Specialist
Jackson, Kent Emerald Necklace Conservancy Director of Education
Johnson, Ginna DCR Deputy Chief, Design & Project Management
Johnson, Kyle Kleinfelder Climate Resiliency Staff Professional
Kauffman, Alicia Jacobs Coastal Engineer
Kemen, Katherine BSC Group, Inc. Climate Adaptation/ Resilience Specialist
Kennedy, Cristina MA Office of Coastal Zone Management Coastal Habitat & Water Quality Specialist
Kerr, Meg Audubon Society of RI Director of Policy
Kramer, Sally Kleinfelder Staff Professional I
Leofanti, Paul Charter Contracting Company, LLC Director, Estimating & Project Management
Mande, Pallavi Charles River Watershed Association Director of Watershed Resilience
Marini, Dani CMRPC Assistant Environmental Planner
McCandless, Catherine VHB Environmental Planner
Monahan, Hillary MWRA Environmental Planner
Moyer, David National Grid Distributed Generation – Account Manager
Novelly, Allison Urban Harbors Institute, UMass Boston Research Analyst
Porter, Nishaila Charles River Watershed Association Program Associate
Postale, Brian Mass DEP Regional Engineer
Ris, Bud Boston Green Ribbon Commission Senior Advisor
Robbins, Gregory MA Department of Conservation & Recreation Director of Waterways
Rosenstein, Erika Jacobs Ports and Maritime Project Manager and Group Lead
Sarapas, Nathan TRC Staff Engineer
Smith, Andrew Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs MVP RC
Smith, Nancy BPHC Program Manager
Watson, Lori Michael Baker International Senior Planner
The available presentations from the EBC Climate Change Leadership Webinar Series – Part Seven: Refurbishment of Langone Park & Puopolo Playground completed on August 7, 2020, can be viewed below.