Sen. Joseph Finnegan Park & Wetlands Restoration

Open Space & Habitat Restoration | Boston, Massachusetts

Located at the mouth of the Neponset River, the 14-acre Senator Joseph Finnegan Park at Port Norfolk was transformed from an industrial site and the former home of the Shaffer Paper Factory into a neighborhood open space that improves access to the waterfront and restores a sensitive ecological habitat.

Halvorson Design collaborated with GEI Consultants and DeRosa Environmental on an ambitious strategy to transform this blight on the neighborhood for client, DCR. The team cleaned up and restored the environment, replaced dilapidated seawalls with soft shorelines, restored wetlands and removed crumbling buildings. Walking trails, new trees and open fields now welcome Port Norfolk residents to enjoy this community waterfront asset.


2018 Excellence on the Waterfront Award, Top Honor
The Waterfront Center

2018 Nicholas Humber Environmental-Energy Award for Outstanding Collaboration
Environmental Business Council


14 acres



Cynthia Smith FASLA



Department of Conservation & Recreation

Environmental Engineer:
GEI Consultants

Site Remediation:
DeRosa Environmental Engineers