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Master Plans are tools to guide short and long term strategies for capital investment and development, principally of recreational facilities. They are a necessary part of the assessment of a property and/or an individual park facility in an era of transition and renewal.
Findings and Recommendations
Related Projects and Recommendations
Appendix A Appendix B Appendix C
Appendix D Appendix E
Master Plan North
Master Plan South
Maintenance Plan North
Maintenance Plan South
New Charles River Basin Master Plan 2017 Update
New Charles River Basin Master Plan Executive Summary (1995)
New Charles River Basin Master Plan (1995)
The Master Plan for the Charles River Basin is a comprehensive look at the parks, parkways, river banks, and watersheet of the Charles between the historic Charles River Dam and Watertown Square. Articulating a vision developed in partnership with the public over a two-year period, the Plan’s goal is to restore the Basin’s outstanding historic landscape character while addressing the needs of the twenty-first century. The Plan serves to guide the stewardship, the management, and the maintenance of the park land, parkways, and the water sheet. Key initiatives include preserving the historic and character-defining features of the Charles River Basin, improving the parkland and support appropriate uses, improving the river channel and manage access to the water, improving access and circulation to and throughout the Basin, and supporting management and maintenance of the Charles River Basin. The ideas and thoughtful participation of countless individuals and organizations made this Plan possible. Thanks to their continuing efforts, positive change is occurring in the Basin.
Character and History
Systems of the Charles River
Uses and Perceptions of the Charles River Basin
Principles and Recommendations
Management and Implementation
Historic Charles River Dam
East Cambridge Front
Boston University Bridge
Riverside Press Site
Harvard Business School
Harvard College Houses
John F.Kennedy Park/Longfellow Park
Herter Park West.p
Hell's Half Acre
Soldiers Field Road/Birmingham Parkway
Greenough Boulevard, Watertown
Daly Field and the Upper Basin
Appendix A Prehistory
Appendix B History
Appendix C Public Participation
Appendix D Landscape Maintenance
Appendix E Planting Lists
Appendix F Riverbank Establishment and Maintenance
Appendix G Boathouse Locations
This Master Plan project was initiated by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation to build on earlier studies and the improvements to the Reservation completed to date.
The Nantasket Beach Reservation, located on the Atlantic Ocean on the northern shore of southeastern Hull, MA, is owned and operated by the DCR. The 26-acre Reservation encompasses approximately 1.3 miles of beachfront (6,800 linear feet), and includes the beach and adjacent visitor amenities, associated parking areas, and an operations and maintenance facility.
In 2005, in conjunction with a project for seawall and beach accessway repairs at Nantasket Beach, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) initiated this Nantasket Beach Reservation Master Plan for the landside facilities of the Reservation.
Letter from DCR Commissioner Roy - December 2016
Cover - Acknowledgements, Table of Contents
Cover + Contents.pdfExecutive Summary.pdfChapter 1- Introduction.pdf
Existing Context Plan.pdfChapter 2- Summary of Current Conditions.pdf
Existing Site Conditions Plan.pdfChapter 3- Site + Building Program and Alternatives.pdfChapter 4- Recommendations.pdf
Recommended Site Plan.pdf
Recommended Floor Plans.pdfChapter 5- Sources.pdf
AppendicesA- Architecture Appendices.pdfB- Engineering Appendices.pdfC- Zoological Appendices.pdfD- Alternatives and Evaluation.pdfE- Advisory Committee and Review Comments.pdfF- Massachusetts Audubon Society Interpretive Plan.pdfG- Trailside Name and Identity.pdf
The Upper Charles River Reservation Project addresses a 5.75 mile section of the Charles River, including 11 miles of protected river banks, from Watertown Square to Commonwealth Avenue in Newton and Weston. It is part of the agency’s larger goal to extend the Charles River greenway 14 miles to Brook Farm in West Roxbury. As this first section of the Reservation greenway is completed, it will provide a critical open-space link between the Charles River Basin and the scenic “Lakes District”, spreading over 190 acres through Newton, Weston, and Waltham.