Lieutenant Governor Murray and Congressman Delahunt Participate in Groundbreaking of Quincy's Squantum Point Pier
Project will create a gateway for residents, tourists travelling to Boston Harbor Islands and other National Park Service sites along Massachusetts Bay
"This is what it's all about - putting shovels in the ground and people to work immediately," said Governor Deval Patrick. "This project is an excellent example of the critical collaboration and investment that leads to both construction and jobs, as well as support for the long-term investment in our communities that is critical to the Commonwealth's long-term economic success."
"Today's groundbreaking marks a major step forward towards redeveloping Squantum Point," said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray, chair of the Seaport Advisory Council. "This project is the result of a strong partnership between the Patrick-Murray Administration, the MassachusettsCulturalCoast, and the federal government that will connect residents and tourists to some of the Commonwealth's historical and cultural resources."
"The Commonwealth has a vast array of national parks, museums, historic and cultural sites that are underutilized. They are all very easy to get to - but by water," said Congressman William Delahunt. "What is finally coming together, after many years of hard work, is a network of ferry terminal and visitor facilities -- a marine public transportation system if you will - that will provide residents and tourists convenient access to these areas. This event is an important milestone that underscores the Patrick Administration's commitment to this vision -- which will create a significant boost to our coastal economy."
Previously utilized by MWRA construction workers travelling to and from Deer Island, DCR is now partnering with MCC to develop Squantum Point as a gateway for residents and tourists visiting the Boston Harbor Islands as well as other National Park Service sites along Massachusetts Bay. Additionally, DCR Waterways will relocate a weather shield from Lovejoy Wharf in Boston to Squantum Point, which will improve ferry commuter service for residents and tourists.
"We are very pleased to be working with our partners on improving the transportation infrastructure in this area," said DCR Commissioner Richard K. Sullivan Jr. "We're happy to see this project moving forward."
In 2008, The Seaport Advisory Council, chaired by Lt. Governor Murray, approved funding for the final design and permitting of the Squantum Point Park Pier project. The Council is also contributing funds to support an Intra-Coastal Water Route Access Study, which will perform full condition surveys of public access pier and wharf facilities up and down Massachusetts Bay. In total, the Council has appropriated $350,000 for this project. Additional project funding is being provided by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), the Division of Waterways and the Massachusetts Cultural Coast (MCC), a non-profit organization.
Funding for Seaport Advisory Council projects is supported by the state's Energy and Environmental Bond Bill. The bill, approved in 2008, includes funding for land protection and acquisition, enhancement of state parks and reconstruction of related infrastructure. The legislation also includes authorization for new programs to address environmental challenges.
"The state's commitment to improve the pier and develop the weather shield will make this site a premium location for access to the Harbor Island Park historic sites in Boston, and the Kennedy Library and Commonwealth Archives," said Senator Michael W. Morrissey.
The Seaport Advisory Council, chaired by Lieutenant Governor Murray, consists of 15 members, including cabinet secretaries, agency heads, mayors from seaport communities, regional representatives and a representative of the commercial interests of the waterways in the Commonwealth. During the Patrick-Murray Administration, the Seaport Advisory Council has allocated over $30 million for projects that will enhance and develop the commercial aspects of the ports and harbors in the Commonwealth's coastal communities.