KZLA is leading a multi-disciplinary team undertaking a feasibility study for Havey Beach—a DCR-owned state park along the Charles River. This site was a popular swimming destination from the 1930s to the 1950s, but closed due to concerns about safety and disease. While a swimming pool replaced the swimming beach function, the pool closed in the 1990s and the site hasn’t been programmed since. Currently, there is a lack of connection to adjacent neighborhoods and little to no awareness that this public space—which is positioned along a remarkable section of the Charles River—can be visited. The feasibility study’s goal is to consider how to promote visitation while protecting the natural and cultural resources. Being considered are new trails, boardwalks, vegetation management, stormwater improvements, trailheads, boating access, and adaptive re-use of a early 20th century stable building. The Havey Beach site has the potential to connect to planned recreation corridors in Dedham and existing open spaces in Needham, Newton, and West Roxbury.
Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
2022 to 2023