A park beneath the highway? One is coming to the South End

The Boston Globe | By Tim Logan
April 5, 2017

A dark and dreary no man’s land beneath the Southeast Expressway will soon be remade into Boston’s newest urban playground.

National Development has set a June opening date for the new park — and a new parking lot — on eight acres between its Ink Block complex in the South End and the end of Fort Point Channel on the other side of the highway. Most of the site is an empty paved surface under the highway, between Herald and Traveler streets.

Dubbing the project Ink Underground, the developer plans to landscape a portion of the paved surfaces, creating a public space for fitness classes, concerts, corporate gatherings, and other events. It would also include a dog park and street art. National Development has already scheduled a pair of graffiti festivals, for June and September.

“”We’re really trying to make it into an urban playground and achieve a kind of cool factor,” said managing partner Ted Tye. “We need to make it active, so people populate it.”

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