Chin Park Lighting Project: Construction Updates & Background

27, Jan, 2022

The Greenway Conservancy is delighted to announce the upcoming construction of major lighting projects on The Greenway in Chinatown. These upgrades are focused on safety and community use and were informed by community feedback and input, as well as by recommendations of the Conservancy’s Chin Park Lighting Study, funded and supported by the Greenway Business Improvement District (BID). 

Construction Timeline 

We anticipate the Conservancy’s contractor, NELM, will begin construction on these lighting projects on The Greenway in Chinatown in March 2022. As part of the construction, there will be phased fencing and pedestrian impacts to the Serpentine Path, Chin Park Plaza, and Mary Soo Hoo Park on The Greenway from Winter 2022 through Spring 2022.

This timeline is subject to weather and temperature. This blog post will be regularly updated as our timelines, schedules, and pedestrian impacts are solidified.

These lighting improvements are focused on community input and feedback around safety, park use, activation, and aesthetics, and will further enhance The Greenway as a welcoming public park for all. These park upgrades are made possible in part by the Greenway Business Improvement District (BID), City of Boston Community Preservation Act Fund, Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund, the Cabot Family Charitable Trust, the Commonwealth Places Program created by Mass Development, the George B. Henderson Foundation, Rebecca A. Lee, Plymouth Rock Assurance Foundation, and the WANG Foundation.

The uplight replacements in the triangle plant bed and the replacement of the lights in the Sampan Sail were funded by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) through their capital support of the Greenway Conservancy. 

We want to especially recognize the Greenway BID, which has contributed a significant amount of its capital repair spending to focus on renovations and upgrades in Chin Park. The Greenway BID, comprised of abutting businesses along The Greenway, provides reliable funding to the Conservancy as well as additional enhancements funds that support transformative projects like this throughout The Greenway.

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This blog post was last updated January 27, 2022. Photos provided by Conservancy Staff and renderings provided by AECOM and Lumen Studio.