After several delays and a construction project that spanned three Mayoral administrations, Boston’s new City Hall Plaza is finally open!
On a sunny Friday morning last week, the newly renovated City Hall Plaza welcomed members of the public to explore the various new installations, including Hanover Walk, a fully accessible path for wheelchair users connecting Cambridge Street to Congress Street, a new playground, and a terrace of fountains (which are dry for the winter).
Dion Irish, Chief of Operations for the City of Boston kicked off the grand opening festivities.
“We are very excited to welcome you to a reimagined plaza…it's a space for all residents that's universally accessible. It's a new civic space for all to use,” he said to the crowd.
Mayor Michelle Wu emphasized the importance of building spaces that reflect our values and thanked the various city departments past and present who have contributed to the project along the way.
“This plaza wasn’t just shaped by our values, it brings them to life. It was built by the people of Boston, for the people of Boston for generations to come,” said Mayor Wu.
Kristen McCosh, City of Boston’s Disability Commissioner, expressed her gratitude to the members of the disability advisory board, acknowledging the critical input they provided throughout the planning process to make the plaza’s amenities accessible to all.
“Beginning today, (people with disabilities) have access the same as everybody and that is a thing to be really proud of,” said McCosh.
“This project has been a long time coming, but I feel I can say, honestly, it was worth the wait.”