This project will link the Esplanade paths and the Harvard Bridge sidewalks to Beacon Street by way of a long lost 2½ acre park overlooking the river. This will be the first phase of a proposed Charlesgate Greenway path connecting the Emerald Necklace and the Charles River Basin. This vital green link was lost to highway construction a half century ago when Storrow Drive and the Bowker Overpass were built.
Reestablishing a Charlesgate Greenway will help make bicycle and walking trips possible between inner-city neighborhoods along the Emerald Necklace and the banks of the Charles River. According to a study by Northeastern University, restoring the Charlesgate Greenway as part of an interconnected greenway system could increase pedestrian and bicycle "connectivity" (linking origins to destinations) by up to 600%.