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Contact: Namita Raina, 617-821-8927
BOSTON – The National Parks of Boston and the South Boston Citizens’ Association will host a Dorchester Heights Monument Open House on October 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Joseph P. Tynan Elementary School, 650 E. Fourth Street, Boston. The meeting is free and open to the public.
The program features an overview of the National Parks of Boston’s plans for the 250th anniversary of the American Revolution by Superintendent Michael Creasey, a talk about the Monument’s restoration from Historical Architect Lance Kasparian, and details about the landscape treatment plan by James Mealey, Landscape Architect at the Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation. The meeting concludes with a Q&A with park staff. Neighbors and community members will learn more about the project, including the scope and timeline.
The National Parks of Boston began the more than $30 million restoration of Dorchester Heights Monument on September 15. Funded by the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA), rehabilitation work will be complete by March 17, 2026, Evacuation Day, during the nation’s 250th birthday year. The Monument and its surrounding area remain closed to the public during the restoration.
The GAOA funds will be used to restore the iconic 1902 Dorchester Heights Monument tower and surrounding area known as Thomas Park. The rehabilitation work will include structural upgrades, masonry restoration, and improvement of the monument’s foundation, superstructure, exterior enclosure, roof, interior stairs, HVAC, plumbing, and electrical systems. The grounds, lighting, and signage updates will vastly improve the site experience for visitors and members of the community.
About the National Parks of Boston
The National Parks of Boston is a collection of three National Park Service sites – Boston National Historical Park, Boston African American National Historic Site, and Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park. Established by individual legislation and for designated purposes, the three units have come together under a unified organizational umbrella to collaborate in ways that celebrate our cultural heritage, reconnect people to history and nature, and provide outdoor recreation opportunities on land and on the water. For more information, visit: www.nps.gov/bost, www.nps.gov/boaf, and www.bostonharborislands.org.
Last updated: October 18, 2023