Gloucester MA HarborWalk – Under Design Community Meeting of March 1, 2011


HarborWalk – Under Design
Community Meeting of March 1, 2011


Cambridge Seven Associates (C7A) presented an emerging design developed from the initial community workshops and their evaluation of the existing conditions along the walk.  Followup to meeting.
Got a Moment?
Along the new harborwalk, granite posts will have simple etched glass or pressed metal markers that tell a story of Gloucester.  If you know a story – a special piece of life in Gloucester – share that for the harborwalk! Contributions will be accepted until April 15th.
Cultural Art Installations

When the design is further along and possibly under construction, we will be seeking eight cultural art installations.  We will rely on the arts community to coordinate this effort.  Look for details coming soon!

Gloucester awarded $500,000 State Grant

The City received a $500,000 grant from the Massachusetts Seaport Advisory Council to fund creation of a pedestrian pathway, that will extend public access through the heart of the working harbor to the historic and cultural sites along Harbor Loop.

The HarborWalk
The HarborWalk will provide improved access to recreational and cultural opportunities such as the Fitz Henry Lane House, Maritime Heritage Center, harbor businesses and restaurants, and provide greater public access to the water’s edge. The HarborWalk will provide educational opportunities for residents and visitors to learn about the harbor’s history and Gloucester’s unique maritime heritage as well as to see and understand contemporary maritime activities. The HarborWalk will be designed to stregthen connections among the working harbor, downtown attractions and Main Street businesses. Strong design, consistent use of materials, interpretive features and public art will help create a distinctive urban landmark for the city and provide an inviting experience for visitors, residents and employees of surrounding businesses.

Click here to view the proposed route and HarborWalk Concept Plan

Harborwalk Map


  • Um, look – I don’t even live on Cape Ann; I wish someone local would speak up. The gap between the honest and respectful conversation that GMG supports and the sterile anonymity of this plan is just dismaying. It’s apparent that this big dollar project will line the pockets of outside “experts” and yield a bland, sterile result that would be equally at home in Cleveland or Vegas. Can’t you just go downtown or to Rocky Neck and just talk to some people? I know it sounds like criticism, but there is such an opportunity to have this be a real community effort that locals can embrace; why not just take that small extra step?


    • With all due respect there were many community meetings about it so I’m not sure how many more “extra steps” you would have liked them to take.

      This whole “lets reopen it for discussion after discussion after discussion” is what stymies any type of progress. I applaud the leadership in trying to get something done even though it is miles away from my business and doesn’t benefit me in any way.

      To you, maybe it’s going to be sterile and bland. To someone else it may look magnificent. This plan will open up the industrial waterfront to the public even more than it was before. After going to 21 years of harbor planning meetings I can tell you that was probably the number one thing that people asked for- public access to the waterfront and here you have a plan that provides just that and lots of it is being paid with money from the State. There’s no way you will please everyone obviously but if you can nitpick this I guess you can nitpick anything.


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