Save Long Wharf Park!
Long Wharf Park, at the seaward end of historic Long Wharf in Boston Harbor, is under threat.
Since 2006, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) has been trying to lease the space to a private operator who will build a late-night restaurant and bar. Since 2008, the North End Ten have been fighting this change as unconstitutional: The Massachusetts Constitution requires a two-thirds vote of both houses of the legislature before public parkland can be converted to other uses. This vote, and the public debate it would require, has never happened. The BRA contends that it is not needed. A Superior Court judge disagreed.
Now the case, and the fate of Long Wharf Park, is on appeal before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
What you can do
Contribute to the legal defense fund:
Thanks to generous contributions, we have raised $25,500 of the needed $35,000!
Point your friends and family, including journalists (print, blog, television) to http://savelongwharfpark.org
The legal proceedings have had three stages: an administrative appeal, a Superior Court lawsuit, and (pending) an appeal in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. The documents are extensive, and the most important are included at the following link.
In the media
The effort to save Long Wharf Park has been in the media frequently. See these links.
Frequently asked questions
Here are answers to frequently asked questions.