Ink Underground is the successful transformation of an 8-acre underpass located between Boston’s South End and South Boston neighborhoods into an active urban park, cultural attraction and mixed-use parking facility. Landscaped pedestrian boardwalks and bicycle paths along the Fort Point Channel are creating new connections between communities previously separated by highway infrastructure. Visitors can enjoy amenities such as 24-hour security, a dog park, a curated series of pop-up food and beverage experiences, 13 feet of public art walls, a diverse program of special events including a graffiti festival, an artisan night market, fitness classes & much more. For the multi-modal traveler, Ink Underground offers a bike storage facility and 175 commercial parking spaces.
This space is the MassDOT project to transform eight acres of underutilized property beneath the elevated Central Artery Expressway (I-93) between Boston’s South End and South Boston’s neighborhoods. After five years of planning, permitting, design, construction and leasing, MassDOT in cooperation with the community, a citizen’s advisory committee, City of Boston, Boston Planning & Development Agency, the Federal Highway Administration, private design, engineering and construction partners, and local real estate management and development companies, the transformation of this underutilized property is nearing completion. Through a public bid process, National Development, developer of Ink Block, was selected and will serve as the lease holder and operator of the park.