Preliminary study of a plan for a Pleasure Bay between Dorchester Point and Castle Island
- Preliminary study of a plan for a Pleasure Bay between Dorchester Point and Castle Island
Olmsted envisioned Marine Park as the final jewel in the Emerald Necklace, linked to Franklin Park by a greenway along Columbia Road. The greenway was never constructed and Marine Park remains disconnected from the park system. However, the City of Boston has proposed a green link along Columbia Road to realize Olmsted’s vision. Shown here, Olmsted’s plan expanded City Point, shaping a semi-circular cove for swimming and boating. The plan includes a boardwalk for promenades along the water and a playground for schoolchildren. In the 1920s, Castle Island was connected to Marine Park by filling land and constructing stone causeways and mechanical tide gates.
- Boston (Mass.). Department of Parks
- Olmsted, Frederick Law, 1822-1903
- Name on Item:
Frederick Law Olmsted December, 1883
Boston Public Library
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
- Collection (local):
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center Collection
Pleasure Bay (Mass.)--Planning--Maps
Castle Island (Mass.)--Planning--Maps
MassachusettsSuffolk (county)Castle Island (cape)
- 1 map ; 39 x 44 cm
No known copyright restrictions.
No known restrictions on use.
City of Boston, Park Department
Scale approximately 1:3,500
Conservation of this piece was funded by an anonymous donor.
Inset: Boston Harbor.
From City of Boston 9th annual report, 1884.
- Notes (date):
This date is inferred.
- Notes (exhibitions):
Exhibited: "Breathing Room: Mapping Boston's Green Spaces" organized by the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, 2018.
- Call #:
G3764.B6:2C3G45 1883 .B67