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EBC Climate Change Leadership Webinar Series: Refurbishment of Langone Park & Puopolo Playground

August 7, 2020 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

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.

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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

Final Agenda – Climate Change Leadership Webinar Series – Refurbishment of Langone Park & Puopolo Playground

Registration Details

Individual Registration
EBC Member: $15
Non-Member: $25
Government/Non-Profit: Free

Group Registration
For EBC Members only – register five attendees for the price of four!
Discount will automatically be applied during online registration.

Fine Print
Please note that refunds are not available after August 7, 2020. No-shows will be charged. Please keep in mind that online registration for this webinar will close at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, August 7.


Subsidized Registration

EBC Members Only – Ascending Professional Rate: Free
Attendees who have worked in the environmental/energy sector for less than 10 years.

Job Seeker Rate: Free
For attendees currently seeking employment, not for those currently self-employed.