Mayor Marty Walsh today announced a $70-million re-do of the seven-acre brick desert known as City Hall Plaza that will include "21st century civic amenities like shady seating and gathering areas, a destination play space, public art space and an iconic water feature."
Part of the plaza once had a fountain, but it was filled in with concrete after the water started leaking onto the Green Line below.
The plans announced by Walsh also include re-opening the long shuttered second-floor plaza carved underneath City Hall.
The renovation also includes 3,000 new welcoming spaces for residents to sit, 12,000 square feet of playscapes for children and families, and 11,000 square feet of terraces for pop-up play and interactive public art. ...
The renovation includes creating seven new "plug and play" locations for community groups to utilize, with space for 10,000 - 12,000 visitors on the main Plaza, and room for a 20,000 - 25,000 person gathering on the entire Plaza.
The new design will also include three smaller event and gathering places, and a new civic building on Congress Street, equipped with a bathroom and other facilities to support public gatherings.
The plaza will also be designed with climate-change-driven downpours in mind:
The renovation includes an increase in permeable surfaces that will soak up stormwater, planning ahead for severe weather in downtown Boston.
People interested in learning more can attend a meeting on the renovation tomorrow at 6 p.m. on City Hall's third floor. A boston.gov page has more info and renderings.
Congress Street side: