The Friends of the Charlesgate is a group of concerned residents, businesses and institutions living and working in the environs of the historic Charlesgate Park in the Back Bay/Kenmore neighborhoods of Boston.
The Friends are deeply concerned with the current disrepair as well as the future of this once lovely parkland. We are opposed to the potential rebuild of the Bowker Overpass which destroyed the park below when initially constructed in 1967. Instead, we are proposing that the Overpass be removed completely, returning traffic to land based routes.
We ultimately are working to see that the Charlesgate Park be restored to the natural parkland beauty it once was as envisioned by the great landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted. We hope to see the Park returned to its status as the ‘crown jewel’ of Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace as the gateway to the Charles River.