Environment and Climate Resilience

AC Unit Program

As part of the COVID-safe Cooling Strategies Grant Program funded by the Barr Foundation, the City of Chelsea is helping residents beat the summer heat by providing free air conditioning units to eligible low-income households.  

Climate Resilient Parks

The City of Chelsea is renovating several parks to improve climate resilience. The renovations will add trees canopy, shade structures, and/or splash pads to provide spaces for residents to cool off during the summer. The landscaping and design will also improve accessibility for all residents and storm water management. In addition, new playground equipment, lighting, and site furniture will enhance the park for youth and adults alike. 

Renovations at O’Neil Park, Eden Street Park, and Voke Park are funded by the Office of Environmental and Energy Affairs PARC grant program and a matching contribution by the City. The Mary C. Burke upgrades are funded by the City of Chelsea.

Island End River Flood Resilience Engineering

Over the next year, the City will complete the design and permitting of a comprehensive flood protection system along the Island End River. The plan includes an elevated flood barrier, restored salt marsh, and expansion of public open space. Through the project, the City seeks to safeguard residential neighborhoods, industrial districts, and vital infrastructure, including transportation routes and emergency shelters.

An important component of the project will include educating the public about how future flooding may affect their homes and families. This project is funded by a Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Grant

Island End Park & Flood Barrier Project
Equitable Climate Resiliency Framework - Process Guide

Created by the Department of Housing & Community Development, GreenRoots, the Mystic River Watershed Association, and community based partners, the Equitable Climate Resilience Framework sets out a roadmap to engage the community on issues related to climate change. The framework strives to provide guidance on the following questions:

• How do we effectively and equitably reach the community?
• How do we have meaningful conversations around extreme weather impacts and resilience?
• How do we ensure local participation and contributions to city projects?
• How do we hear and incorporate community concerns into city projects?
• How do we identify priority and vulnerabilities of the community and address them?

Download the report

Urban Heat Island Analysis & Cooling Mechanisms

The City of Chelsea, in partnership with Boston University and Greenroots, has deployed sensors throughout neighborhoods, commercial districts, and industrial areas. These sensors measure ambient air and land surface temperatures. The goal of the project is to understand more comprehensively where in the City of Chelsea the Urban Heat Island effect is most prominent. 
Targeted approaches for cooling mechanisms, including additional tree plantings, open and green spaces, white roofs, air conditioners, heat pumps, and more may be deployed at areas who suffer the worst of the Urban Heat Island effect. For more information on the Greater Boston Area's Urban Heat Island effects, take a look at the Living With Heat Report conducted as a regional collaboration between the Urban Land Institute and Greater Boston Area municipalities. 

Green Parcel Park & Coastal Remediation Design

The Department of Housing & Community Development recently received a grant from the Office of Coastal Zone Management to conduct an analysis and design of a small parcel of land located behind Beth Israel along Mill Creek. 
The City of Chelsea is partnering with Greenroots to build resilience throughout Mill Creek by advancing planning, design, and permitting of enhanced open space, coastal bank stabilization, and remediation along Mill Creek. This project will target a specific land parcel known as the "Green Parcel".
Green Parcel map view


Waterfront Community Visioning

The City of Chelsea, with the consultancy services of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), is exploring ideas for the future of the Chelsea Creek waterfront. The goal of the study is to balance the interests of residents, businesses, and a wide-ranging group of stakeholders while satisfying the State's policies aimed at ensuring public waterfront access and protecting the maritime industrial port of the Boston region. Public input is sought to help identify approaches for making the waterfront more enjoyable for Chelsea residents while simultaneously supporting the key maritime industrial, airport, and port-related needs of this important location. Information that is collected from this planning process will lead to the Chelsea Waterfront Vision Plan 2016 and will help to inform the preparation of a future City of Chelsea Municipal Harbor Plan.

To learn more information about the Waterfront Community Visioning Project 2016, read this project on the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) - or you can contact the Department of Planning and Development at 617-466-4180.