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Hidden Gem: A Walk Through Paul Revere Park [VIDEO]

There are lots of under-used nooks in Charlestown. Here's one -- a walk through Paul Revere Park from the Navy Yard to North Station.

A walk from the edge of the Navy Yard through Paul Revere Park and over the locks to North Station is a story of old Boston, today's Boston and a lesson in both beauty and decay.

It's also an incredibly direct commute from the neighborhood to downtown Boston, a shockingly quiet place to spend an afternoon and one of many spots in Charlestown to take in views of the harbor, the city and Charles River from perspectives that most people never get to see.

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The boundaries of the Navy Yard are littered with rusty tools that pay homage to the neighborhood's naval past. You're literally walking over the harbor's history -- with views of the aging Charlestown bridge and the gleaming Zakim bridge both before you.

Once you're in the park, the landscaping is bright and lush—at least in high summer. The park is enormous and surprisingly, almost eerily quiet on most days. (On weekends things pick up with doggie field trips.) The park is situated in such a way that it's easy to forget it's part of Charlestown, or part of anything in Boston but itself.

Along the way there are the Charlestown bells, bright chimes in a public art display that have stopped functioning in recent years. There are broad views of the Charles, with tour boats and small watercraft bobbing around. There are piles of litter floating on the surface of the water under rotting docks. There are high-end condos on the horizon.

Follow the path toward the city for unique views of the Zakim and downtown, and a route to the city like no other. You have to walk over a quaking metal labyrinth of locks over the river. Once on the other side, you'll find another angle of the harbor and Navy Yard.

So much decay, so much new development, side by side on the edge of the water.

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Kenneth Stone July 26, 2011 at 11:36 AM
Paul Revere Park, will be a different place next year when it will have doubled in size and connect to Cambridge's North Point Park by way of a 12 ft wide pedestrian bridge.
Joseph July 27, 2011 at 12:29 PM
It's a great way to walk into the city, through the park and over the locks. My question is, was it always supposed to be a dog park? A little tough to enjoy the park and grass with it being used as a bathroom. I understand that dogs need exercise and a place to play, I'm all for it...just wondering if there is going to be an area that dogs aren't allowed on?
Larry Rinaldi July 27, 2011 at 04:26 PM
The dog park is across Rutherford Avenue from the Shell station. It is enclosed and you can allow the dogs to run loose. Traveling across Rutherford Avenue is very busy and dangerous, so be careful.
Mum22 July 28, 2011 at 02:10 AM
I've tried to get to the real dog park and it's treacherous at best. I hope when Rutherford Ave is redone we can see an accessible dog park!
nick czech November 29, 2012 at 06:47 PM
http://www.rcic-charlestown.org/

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