Sunday, August 8, 2021

Southie, Seaport, & Sully's

Hey y'all!

I'm back after my week of absence (I was in recovery from my nose surgery, hopefully I'll be able to breathe with my newly un-deviated septum soon) for a week spent in my neighborhood of Boston. We actually only spent one day in Southie itself - I don't personally count the Seaport as part of Southie, regardless of what the city of Boston says - at Castle Island. Tuesday was spent on the Lawn on D planning our deliverable and playing some intense ping pong and Connect 4 games. On Wednesday, we went with Francesca's team to Winthrop for a beach profiling activity. The day was kind of gloomy and the beach was... not exactly a place most people would visit for fun, but we learned some valuable information about tracking landscape changes in beaches and we got to go on a nice ferry ride to get over there. Getting back was much less fun, as our bus was stuck behind a car crash for a good 15 minutes before we could get on our way to Orient Heights, but it was still a nice day with another team. Thursday was rainy, so we went to the Copley Library to work on setting up our deliverable by finding accessibility information about sites in Southie and finally, on Friday, we went to Castle Island. We took a walk around the fort before settling in at some picnic tables with our Sully's orders and getting to work on making our Canva infographic about accessibility.

Albert v.s. Kurtly in a very intense game of Connect 4
Henry getting mobbed by 3 group members for the snack bag

So what did we learn about accessibility? We focused on three sites in Southie: Carson Beach, Castle Island, and the Lawn on D. If you want to know the whole story, you should check out @savetheharbor on Instagram and hope they've posted our Canva graphic, but I'll give you a quick rundown. The harbor area in South Boston is pretty accessible for most people. Of course, Southie isn't the most convenient for everyone in the city to get out to, but anyone that can access the Red Line can make it out to at least Carson Beach. Castle Island and the Lawn on D are both a bit further of a walk from any train or bus stop, but they are still accessible by T. Carson and Castle Island also both have free parking. All three sites are free to enter and are wheelchair accessible. Since a big part of Save the Harbor's mission is to bring people to the Harbor, it's important for us to know that the Harbor is accessible to a wide variety of people.
Team Jason takes Castle Island

Peace out y'all :)

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