Dear Friend of Save the Harbor,
I am writing to you today because I know you share our love for Boston Harbor, the harbor islands, the beach and the sea.
At Save the Harbor/Save the Bay we've learned from experience just how important it is to connect all Bostonians and the region’s residents to these spectacular urban natural resources, which belong to all of us.
That’s why every year we invest more than 80% of the funds we raise in free public events and environmental education programs that “Share the Harbor” with the region’s kids and families.
In 2017, our free programs engaged and inspired 30,000 young people to explore Boston Harbor and the harbor islands and encouraged more than one million people to experience and enjoy our region’s public beaches.
These programmatic connections are a critical component of our work, but there are other important ways we work to share and connect Boston’s neighborhoods and the region’s residents to Boston Harbor and the waterfront.
Earlier this year Mayor Walsh announced that the City of Boston has begun work on the South Bay Harbor Trail, a project we have championed for more than 10 years. When it is completed, this 3.5 mile-long pedestrian friendly bicycle trail will connect residents from Roxbury, the South End, and Chinatown to the Fort Point Channel and the Seaport District, and connect South Boston with the Greenway, the Emerald Necklace and beyond.
The South Bay Harbor Trail is an important part of our comprehensive efforts to strengthen the physical connections between the city and the sea, including important new investments in transit and water transportation and continued improvements to the harbor walk.
In 2018, with your support, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay will continue to advocate for investments that protect the health of the marine environment and strengthen our city’s waterfront neighborhoods and the region’s beachfront communities from Nahant to Nantasket.
This year we saw a dramatic increase in demand for our free harbor tours and island excursions for underserved kids and families, beginning in the spring with our free Marine Mammal Safaris. On our final fall trip to Georges Island in October we had a waiting list of more than 500 for the Provincetown II, which can carry more than 1,000 passengers.
In 2018, we will launch an important new initiative to “Share the Harbor” with underserved kids and their families. With your support, we will host 10 free harbor cruises and island excursions to dramatically improve access to Boston Harbor and the Boston Harbor Islands for those can least afford it.
Thanks so much for helping us to transform Boston Harbor from an embarrassment into a source of civic pride and economic, educational and recreational opportunity for all Bostonians and the region’s residents and visitors alike.
I know you support the work we do to restore, protect and share Boston Harbor with the more than 1.9 million people who live within a short ride or drive to the sea.
I hope you will take a moment to make a contribution today to support our work.
All the best,
Patricia A. Foley, President
Save the Harbor/Save the Bay
P.S. You can find out more about Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and the important work we do to restore, protect and “Share the Harbor” at our website at www.savetheharbor.org
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