Revive Pier 5!

Activate Pier 5!

Boston Navy Yard Pier 5
National Park

Honoring Maritime Legacies

Resilient, adaptive, ethical urban development is threatened by privatization of real public assets.

The Boston Naval Yard Pier 5 is the only fully open Harbor Walk location with unobstructed view sheds including the Charles and Mystic Rivers, Boston skyline, East Boston and the entire harbor all the way to the Harbor Islands. 

Pier 5 Association is making extraordinary progress to reactivate this public property as an landmark waterfront national park providing healthful recreation, cultural events and historic views from the Head of Boston Harbor.

Adjacent piers include renown Pier 6 marina/restaurant to the North and the beloved Courageous Sailing Center city side. Neighboring National Treasure, the U.S.S. Constitution frigate is an international tourist attraction with over 350,000 visitors each year to learn and explore. One of Boston’s most visited museums.

The Need


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Other Cities Value Socio-Ecological Equity,
Public Health & Resilient Waterfront Urban Renewal.
Shouldn’t Boston?

What do you Imagine on Pier 5?

Cities worldwide are opening access to public
waterfront and creating landmark attractions
for well being generations to come. 
A Welcoming Open Park

New York City decided that open parks and activities for the public are more important than buildings blocking the community views and experience. Imagine a inviting quiet place we can all enjoy all day, year round. An iconic outdoor place with important views in every direction.

Unique Engaging Views

No other point in the harbor offers this unique spot to watch sailboat racing year round. Multiple events, attracting thousands.

Pier 5 served dozens of Tall-Ships docking and sailing right here during Sail-Boston 2000 and 2017. We hope to welcome the world’s Tall Ships again in the near future.

The only fully open public park at the Head-of-the-Harbor. Can accommodate hundreds of people in special events and year round. Supporting multiple water dependent activities and other amenities for the public.

Rambling Garden and Outdoor Sitting

With open space to view, relax and enjoy the waterfront. Olmsted’s perpetual horizons. Liminality.

An ideal place to fully enjoy a well sheltered area in the middle of the pier, Combined with historic exhibits?

Celebrate the Maritime History

An iconic point of interest, photography – memorializing 50,000 women and men working in the Navy-Yard during WWII.

Pier 5 served tens of Tall-Ships docking and sailing right here during Sail-Boston 2000 and 2017.

This is the area where British Ships assaulted the Patriots at The Battle of Bunker Hill.  This is where John Winthrop sailed and founded Charlestown and traded with Squaw Sachem.

Honor Navy Civil Rights Milestones

With a crew of 150 African-American enlisted men and six officers. was part of the Evarts-class destroyer escort for other naval vessels in the Atlantic Ocean. The USS Mason (DE-529) commissioned on March 20, 1944.

Honor Women’s Liberation Milestones

The Radical Women-Rights Transformation Site

In spring of 1917, more than two years before the 19th Amendment granted women the right to vote, a radical

Courageous Sailing Center

Keep the Watersheet!

Courageous Sailing, children sailors need sheltered, well protected water sheet for practicing and docking.


A place to celebrate the city, the history, the marine life and the harbor for generations.

The end of the pier could be a great place for a events and programming.

Imagine Devastating Privatization

FEMA Considers Boston to be in “Retrograde”

Boston is misaligned with humanity initiatives such as
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Let’s Revive Pier 5!

To reactivate Pier 5 as a park,
Boston Redevelopment Authority 
announced asking price of $0 !

After a quarter century of advocacy, the public is finally heard!

This is a significant milestone to help realize a responsible, ethical and ecologically minded public park of Pier 5.

We hope you will join us, the BRA, Courageous Sailing School and thousands of supporters moving forward to reactivate Pier 5 as a landmark, open public space that honors this historical and breathtaking location. Pier 5 is a special designated place and part of a National Park for our community, our visitors and our children to enjoy.

All we need now is the financial support to build and maintain a valuable public asset in perpetuity.

Navy Cadet P5A volunteers, at P5A first community event, looking forward to a Pier 5 park in Historic Boston Naval Yard.

Let’s continue our tremendous accomplishments for 2022!

  • We have helped prevent the 2021 privatization proposals.
  • Organized and participated numerous public family boardwalk events and meetings to reactivate Pier 5 as a National Park destination.
  • Petition 3,600+ supporters.
  • We have worked with neighbors and institutions.
  • We have engaged political and other leaders.
  • Secured a world class independent engineering firms to determine the present condition of Pier 5 and confirmed restoration options park feasibility. 
  • Analysis Reports including: Historical, Engineering Structural Feasibility, Flood Risk, Acoustic Impacts, Heat Island, Flood berm, Urban Reef, Ornithology Habitat and more.
  • Organizing innovative nature based climate resilient landscape design focus by prospective studios and Universities.  
  • Researching thousands of documents including the original plans, present conditions and legal obligations of the Boston Redevelopment Authority to Pier 5 and the Charlestown Navy Yard historic district.
We are grateful for our community of more than 3,600
supporters and volunteers who help protect
this unique National legacy in perpetuity.


City of Boston 2030 Vision Broken by Privatization

The City of Boston Redevelopment Authority Vision 2030 program defined the vital need for waterfront public access with connected open space.

As described by Richard McGuinness, Deputy Director for Climate Change and Environmental Planning at the Boston Redevelopment Authority:

An activated waterfront is anchored by varied types of open spaces, featuring cultural resources and year-round programming and connecting people with the natural, cultural, and economic history of the region.  

Privatization will permanently disconnect people from the natural, cultural, and economic history of the region.

Despite the City of Boston Redevelopment Authority Boston 2030 Vision Plan Pier 5 has not been maintained to date.

One of the few fully open Harbor Walk sites, Pier 5 was fenced years ago. For over 40 years, Pier 5 has not been maintained. 2017 and 2018 engineering reports recommended maintenance. The City of Boston Redevelopment Authority opened the door for privatization of this unique public National Park waterfront.

Ethical Urban Renewal with resilient open space, would have brought more tourism economic revenue. Missing years of opportunities for the public with no reparations? Until now?

Unbridled development in Charlestown will severely compound deficient planning having detrimental impacts on public well being and tourism revenue. With no Master Plan, repercussions will last for generations to come.

Privatization misaligned with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

  • Privatization is misaligned with global resilience and responsible urban redevelopment such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.
  • FEMA lists Boston as being in “retrograde” with respect to vital and responsible urban redevelopment.
  • Boston is one of the only cities that lacks a Public Private Project (PPP) oversight committee to stop this socio-economic and ecological backward course.

There are currently no “cultural projects” pending for the City of Boston Redevelopment Authority. The sole cultural project in the Navy Yard is the Anchor programming at park will compliment Pier 5 park. The public interests in the Anchor and it’s satellite programs such as outdoor fitness and crafts indicate the need for more public space to further accommodate cultural projects demand and deficiency. The anchor also has a detrimental affect on the park as a whole where families go for peace and air and not loud music. It disables a large portion of the original function of a park for private interest.


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