Dates Of Visits: August 19, 2018 and September 4, 2018
Location: 105 Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA
Hours: Open daily sunrise to sunset
Size/Trail Difficulty: 4.5 acres/easy
Parking: There is street parking and several parking garages in the area
Handicapped Accessible: Yes
Dog Friendly: Yes
Website: Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park
Highlights: statue of Christopher Columbus, memorial, scenic, fountain, trellis, family friendly
Although he is not from the area, Christopher Columbus can be considered an adopted son of the North End, a once, and still somewhat, largely Italian neighborhood (although Columbus may have been more likely Spanish they will still claim him).
Dedicated in 1974, Christopher Columbus Park is a family friendly park with open spaces for tanning, reading or just sitting and enjoying a very summer-like day as was the case during my two visits. There are also wonderful views at the park.
The park offers beautiful views of the harbor. Harbor boats can be seen coming and going on their scheduled trips.
The views from the waterfront are very pretty.
A statue of the explorer who the park was named after is located along the trellis.
The 6x3x2 (12 feet tall in total if you include the base) monument is made out of white Carrara marble, the same marble that is mined in Carrara, Italy. It is the very same marble from which Michelangelo sculpted the statues “Pieta,” “Moses,” and “David.” There appears to be ropes and a piling with a float on it by his legs. He is clutching a book or manuscript and a dagger is attached to his belt. The statue was designed by Andrew J. Mazzola and it was fabricated by Norwood Monumental Works in 1979.
A fountain dedicated to Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy and next to the Rose Kennedy Garden, is a peaceful place to sit and watch the water.
Or, you can use it to cool down like Teagan a 6 month old Golden Retriever.
Lilly, an 8 year old Golden Retriever, didn’t like the fountain as much as Teagan but she still liked the park. I love how Golden retrievers always seem to look like they are smiling. Probably because they are.
The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Garden, dedicated to the matriarch of the Kennedy family, has a wide variety of flowers.
But, the pretty flowers are not only located in the garden. There are beautiful flowers throughout the park.
The other main attraction, beside the statue of Columbus, is the trellis. Ivy and white lights are attached to the trellis. During the holiday season, blue lights are attached to it.
During my visit, there was a scavenger hunt by the Dragon Of Bostonshire. This lady was giving a speech with hints for all of the participants.
There’s lots of entertainment at the park. This musician played a heartbreaking instrumental of Vincent by Don McLean.
Another more famous musician was playing at the park during my visit. I could write a blog post just about him. The most interesting thing about Keytar is his identity. Or the mystery behind his identity. Keytar Bear is a local celebrity. But, little else is known about him. Keytar plays at a variety of different locations in the Boston area, unannounced. You could see him at a train station (I’ve seen him at South Station) or any other venue in the Boston area, particularly during the warmer seasons. In fact, it’s so normal to see him people really aren’t fazed by his presence. No one knows what he (I am pretty sure I read the musician is a male in an article) looks like or his name. But, everyone knows him when they see him.
If music isn’t your thing, there are other ways to entertain yourself like a game of hop scotch.
Or, you could climb a tree.
There is also a memorial dedicated to the 9 marines from Massachusetts who were killed in the Beirut bombing (220 U.S. Marines, 241 US Service personnel and 305 people in total were killed that day by the bombers). It’s easy to miss if you don’t know it is there. It is next to the children’s playground and close to the Average Joe’s restaurant. The memorial is easy to miss if you don’t know it’s there. In fact, I made a second trip to find it after I missed it the first time.
It always strikes me when I read the names and ages of just how young these soldiers are when they die. They had so much more to live for.
The nine Marines from Massachusetts names are inscribed on the memorial. They are:
- LCP Bradley J. Campus – Lynn, 1962-1983
- LCP Michael J. Delvin – Westwood, 1962-1983
- SGT MAJ Frederick B. Douglass – Cataumet, 1936-1983
- CPT Sean R. Gallagher – North Andover, 1952-1983
- SGT Edward J. Gargano – Quincy, 1962-1983
- CPT Richard J. Gordon – Somerville, 1961-1983
- CPT Michael S. Haskell – Westborough, 1950-1983
- SGT Steven B. LaRiviere – Chicopee, 1961-1983
- LCP Thomas S. Perron – Whitinsville, 1964-1983
Below is a video of Keytar Bear playing his keytar with a background track. His music is very chill.