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Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, Boston

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The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway is a linear urban park located in several downtown neighborhoods of Boston, Massachusetts. It consists of landscaped gardens, promenades, plazas, fountains, art, and specialty lighting systems that stretch over one mile through Chinatown, the North End, the Financial District, and Harbor communities. Officially opened in October 2008, the 15-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 was a labor of love and has become a focal point of many in the city. a plus is the charging stations located along the Greenway. 
  • Thie Greenway honors Rose Kennedy, and replaces a surface highway which is now underground. There are many kinds of art along the way, including some above you (in good weather). Vegetable and flower ...  more »
  • Did not know about this while planning our trip to Boston, so were pleasantly surprised as we made our way along the Freedom Trail. The day we were there we walked through a "farmer's market" that dis...  more »
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  • Among the greatest examples of highway infrastructure/space reutilization. It is impossible to walk along the greenway without imagining just how detrimental and underused such space was when the infrastructure lay bare above the surface. Great place for a stroll to take in the city views and the higher energy of Boston's downtown core.
  • A marvelous linear park running along the former route of the RT 93 expressway which is now buried below ground. The park has many interesting amenities like a sculpture garden, a farmer's market, and spaces where high-end food trucks are often stopped. You can follow this from South Station all the way to the North End, practically to the Washington Street Bridge.
  • Walk the whole way from South Station to North End! Gorgeous gardens!
  • It seems like there should be more fairs and festivals in this space. The water fountains and grass are nice, but I felt a little like the space is unprepared when it comes to hosting markets. They need to advertise more in order to be Haymarket's SOWA space (not that I want the food truck crowd stampeding over the greenery!) It be interesting to see the local businesses take advantage of this space more.
  • Came for the Boston Local Food Festival I thought there would be more free things...but Yelp was there and I got a bag! Wooo. Lots of great stands and friendly happy people working them, happy to show their goods. Too many items just for sale though--when there's a bunch of things that are similar you have to try before you buy! People need to learn how to Q though...My friend was almost knocked over!