Great American Outdoors Act Funding
A tall, white marble tower overlooking Boston Harbor was first unveiled at Dorchester Heights in South Boston in 1902, commemorating the events that took place in the same place 126 years before, leading to the British evacuation of the city of Boston. On March 17, 2022, that same monument stood with clear views of the modern Boston skyline to one side, and the age-old blue waters of the harbor to the other. School children, park employees, politicians, and members of the South Boston community stood at the foot of the monument in a buzz of excitement as it was announced that this beloved monument is the recipient of $25 million through the Great American Outdoors Act. The funding is going towards an extensive renovation of the monument and the park that surrounds it, which includes structural restoration, reconstruction of walkways, stairs, and ramps, monitoring the site’s archaeological resources, and updating the site’s stormwater drainage system.
Thanks to this funding, Dorchester Heights will be able to continue commemorating the past, while also serving as a cherished local park for years to come.
Image Credit: Digital Commonwealth
A group of children sit on the grass in front of Dorchester Heights Monument circa 1902-1920