Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy (1890-1995), who held the Kennedy family together through tragedy and triumph for much of the 20th century, is permanently enshrined along
Boston’s waterfront, with the Rose Kennedy Garden and the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway.
Atlantic Avenue, not far from Rose’s birthplace at 4 Garden Court in the North End, the Rose Kennedy Garden is a small enclosed rose garden, encircled by an iron wrought fence, with a granite fountain as the centerpiece. It is part of Christopher Columbus Park, which runs along the waterfront and looks out onto . The Garden was officially dedicated on July 22, 1987 by Rose’s family, including Senator Edward M. Kennedy, who called his mother “the greatest teacher and most wonderful mother that any child could ever have.” Boston Harbor
has 104 rose bushes, one for every year of Rose’s life. Rose Kennedy Garden
The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway is Boston's evolving gateway of parks, hotels, restaurants, cultural institutions, beer gardens and tourist amenities that has helped make Boston’s waterfront area a bustling new destination for both residents and visitors.
The 27 acre swath of Greenway once lay beneath the unsightly and noisy Central Artery, a four lane, mile and a half highway built in the 1950s. When the highway finally came down, the greenway began to take shape, connecting the city’s waterfront to the rest of downtown.
Since opening in 2008, the Greenway has become one of the city’s most popular public spaces, drawing office workers, tourists, students, conventioneers and local residents to enjoy its sweeping vistas and friendly amenities. With a magnificent Carousel, public art, water fountains, concerts, food courts, Wi-Fi access and well-tended gardens, the Greenway serves its mission of being an urban oasis that is free and open to all.
Neighbors along the Greenway, including Boston Harbor Hotel and InterContinental Boston Hotel, have been partners in ensuring access to the wharfs and harbor walkway that encircles the harbor.
Rose Kennedy is officially enshrined in law too. Some years ago, the
Massachusetts legislature passed a bill proclaiming her birthday, July 22 as “Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Day” in the Commonwealth.
To find more about her Rose’s life, visit the John F.Kennedy National Historic Site in
Brookline, or the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library at Columbia Point in Dorchester. The Library recently issued a book, Rose Kennedy’s Family Album, which traces her life from 1878-1946 and has wonderful photos of the Kennedy family.