Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Back to the Beach This Summer!

All of us at Save the Harbor/Save the Bay are looking forward to a spectacular summer on Boston Harbor, as the pandemic subsides, our staff returns to our offices on the Fish Pier in the Seaport, and the region’s residents and visitors return to Boston Harbor, our public beaches, the waterfront, and the islands. 

Last year, as we faced the public health crises of the pandemic and continued systemic racial injustice, we made three promises to our partners, our supporters, our community and to ourselves. 

  • We promised our partners in state and local government that we would take the lead in educating the public about how to keep our beaches safe and open during the pandemic.
  • We promised to help our program and community partners “Save their Summer” with innovative virtual programs and engaging online content.
  • And finally, we promised that when the pandemic had passed, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay would be ready to "Share the Harbor" with the all region's residents, especially people of color, who continue to face inequities and discrimination in public spaces like beaches and parks that should be places of recreation, peace and fun for all. 

I am proud to say that with your sustained support we have kept our promises, and are prepared to bring energy, enthusiasm, and resources to support free events and youth environmental education programs on the region's public beaches from Nahant to Nantasket this summer. 


Beginning this month Save the Harbor/Save the Bay will:

  • Onboard 40 summer staffers to run our free Youth Environmental Education Programs at program sites in the Seaport, on Boston’s waterfront and in Lynn, Nahant, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy, and Hull.  
  • Work with our community partners to host beach festivals, circus performances, and family movie nights, as well as a suite of new programs that will bring creatives of color, a more diverse audience, and more inclusive music and food choices to the region’s public beaches.
  • Work with our program partners to distribute hundreds of free life jackets, as well as free mobility mats and floating wheelchairs to ensure that the all the region’s residents can enjoy a day at the beach regardless of their age or ability. 
  • Work with government at all levels to advocate for new ways to improve public access to clean water, activate the harbor, the beaches and the islands and increase equity, diversity and inclusion on the waterfront, the Seaport, and the Fort Point Channel.
Last year your generosity and support provided us with the resources we needed to develop virtual programs to support our partners and serve as the Boston Harbor Connection for kids and families in new ways during the pandemic. 

I hope that you will make a contribution today to help us share Boston Harbor in person this summer as the region’s kids and families escape their bubbles and rediscover the spectacular urban natural resources, we have worked so hard to restore and protect. 

Thanks for your loyalty, confidence, and continued support. I am really looking forward to seeing you face to face on Boston Harbor, the waterfront, the islands, and our region’s public beaches this summer! 


All the best, 

Chris Mancini, Executive Director 
Save the Harbor/Save the Bay

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