Port Norfolk Park is a 30-acre coastal site owned by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. The site is located at the mouth of the Neponset River and is chiefly comprised of former mudflats that were filled in the mid-1800s. The property was occupied by wharves and industrial uses for about 120 years. The state purchased it for development as a community park. Contamination remaining from the former industrial uses was cleaned up in conjunction with park construction. The main project challenges were posed by the coastal edge which was a mixture of dilapidated seawalls, salt marsh, contaminated soil, and debris-filled bank. The Neponset River at this location is part of the greater Boston Harbor ecosystem as well as a designated Area of Critical Environmental Concern. The design team sought to rehabilitate the intertidal zone and coastal bank during remediation and park construction. The final design includes the replacement of dilapidated seawalls with soft engineering and living shorelines while creating a passive, naturalistic park.
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