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Improving access & resilience along Boston’s waterfront.

The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) has been stewarding many of Massachusetts’ scenic, natural, and historic assets for over 125 years.

One Waterfront LogoThough The Trustees may be best known for conserved beaches, historic homesteads, and outdoor recreational sites in rural and suburban areas of the Commonwealth, the 128-year-old nonprofit’s roots lie in the City of Boston. Founder Charles Eliot worked alongside Frederick Law Olmsted on Boston’s “Emerald Necklace,” contributing to the designs of Franklin Park, the Arnold Arboretum, and the Fens, and played a critical role in shaping Boston’s Metropolitan Park system shortly after founding The Trustees in 1891 out of a concern for dwindling public open space in the City.

“What provision is being made within this metropolitan district for securing those public open spaces which the experience of all great cities has proved to be essential to the welfare of crowded populations?” Eliot wrote to Massachusetts Governor William Russell in December 1890.

Expanding its work in the City over the last decade—including the affiliation of the Boston Natural Areas Network (BNAN) in 2008, and then merger in 2014—The Trustees has become increasingly aware of the opportunities for positive change along the City’s waterfront and the critical issues that threaten Boston’s world-class reputation. The One Waterfront Initiative advances a bold vision for iconic, public open space on the Boston waterfront as a way to respond to these opportunities and challenges. The Trustees will draw on over a century of expertise in public open space management to deliver new signature destinations—for all to enjoy.

Learn more about this work and vision: thetrustees.org/onewaterfront

Learn More

Our Vision
Explore our approach, conceptual park designs, and the benefits of open, green space.

Our Legacy
Learn more about our history, and the vision of our founder, Charles Eliot.

Our Blog
Read the latest on our progress, parks that inspire us, and interviews with our partners and team.

Sign up for updates

Subscribe with your email address for alerts when new blogs are posted!


Trustees in Boston
Explore more of our Boston-based programs and work, linked below:
Community Gardens
Waterfront Ambassadors
Mobile Food Market
The KITCHEN

Join Us
Donate
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