Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Chinatown Main Street Executive Director Courtney Ho cut the ribbon on the new and improved Liberty Tree Plaza during a celebration held with local residents and City officials including Boston Planning & Development Agency Director Brian Golden (right) and Mayor Walsh’s Chief of the Streets Chris Osgood (rear).
The December 4 reopening unveiled $1.3 million in improvements to the plaza at 2 Boylston Street including a monument and interpretative gathering space, paving, lighting, landscaping, moveable tables and chairs, and waterproofing of the areaway for the China Trade Building. The Boston Parks and Recreation Department also planted a disease-resistant elm tree in tribute to the original Liberty Tree. The site marks the location of the original elm known between 1765 and 1775 as the Liberty Tree that served as the rallying point for the “Sons of Liberty,” colonists who protested the Stamp Act in 1765.
Photo: Isabel Leon