ULI Boston - Sustainable Parks & Recreation: A Tour of Langone Park


2023-11-30T08:00:00 - 2023-11-30T10:00:00

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    Langone Park 529-543 Commercial Street Boston, MA 02109 UNITED STATES


    Standard Pricing Until November 30 Members Non-Members
    Private $55.00 $60.00
    Public/Academic/Nonprofit $55.00 $60.00
    Student $35.00 $50.00
    Under Age 35 $45.00 $50.00

    As coastal New England confronts increasing environmental challenges, Langone Park recently became the first project in the city to implement Boston’s Climate Resilient Design Standards & Guidelines, helping to protect the local North End community from rising sea levels and storms. This small public park provides recreational amenities to the local community, fosters a greater public connection with the waterfront, and serves as a crucial barrier against oceanic flooding due to its design and built-in resiliency features. The park is an exemplar of climate-aware long-range planning and budgeting. Left unprotected, the damage climate change is projected to inflict on the surrounding coastal neighborhood vastly exceeds the extra investment the city made to make Langone climate resilient. These achievements are prominently featured in the ULI report "Parks that Protect: Leveraging Waterfronts for Resilient Communities," which documents global examples of innovative projects capable of withstanding adverse weather and safeguarding communities from climate-related hazards.

    Join us for an enlightening walking tour of Langone Park and Puopolo Playground in the North End. Discover how this waterfront park has been designed to safeguard the neighborhood from climate threats by integrating innovative climate-resilient features, often hidden in plain sight, into its design. Hear from the City of Boston and the design engineering team on how when considering climate threats, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Don't miss this unique opportunity to explore the intersection of public space, innovation, and sustainability in the heart of Boston.

    This event is presented by ULI Boston’s Young Leaders Group (YLG) and Resiliency Committee and is open to all.

    Time/ Schedule
    8:00 am – 8:30 am Registration
    8:30 am – 9:30 am Tour
    9:30 am – 10:00 am Networking



    Liz Nelson Weaver

    Team Lead, Friends of the Boston Harborwalk/BostonHarborNow

    Liz Nelson Weaver leads a multi-year effort to add engaging, stylistically consistent interpretive signs along Boston's 43-mile HarborWalk. The team works closely with BPDA, MassPort, landscape architects, property owners, and neighborhood groups to enhance Boston's Harborwalk for the enjoyment of residents and visitors.


    Cheri Ruane, FASLA

    Design Discipline Leader| Vice President, Weston & Sampson Design Studio

    Cheri Ruane, FASLA is Vice President and Design Discipline Leader at Weston & Sampson’s Boston Design Studio. A Trustee and Past President of the Boston Society of Landscape Architects, she has over 20 years of multi-disciplinary experience including special expertise with socially and politically complex site design projects and facilitating public participation.


    Cathy Baker-Eclipse

    Director of the Capital Plan, Boston Parks and Recreation Department

    Cathy Baker-Eclipse is the Director of the Capital Plan at the Design and Construction Unit of the Boston Parks and Recreation Department. Cathy has worked on a broad range of park types in her career from pocket playgrounds in Chinatown to master plans of 45-acre recreation facilities in Dorchester. She is currently managing neighborhood playground replacements, multi-phase park renovations, and projects to protect the waterfront from the effects of sea level rise.