Earlier this year, the Charlestown Coalition – supported by the MGH Center for Community Health Improvement – received a City of Boston 2018 Love Your Block mini-grant for a neighborhood beautification project. With the funding, the coalition, its youth group Turn It Around, community partners and residents spent weeks restoring a neglected park at the Mt. Vernon Street Plaza in Charlestown. The newly-renovated Peace Park – dedicated to those who have died from substance use or violence – was unveiled at a ceremony June 26. A peace walk through the neighborhood followed. The Charlestown Coalition also supports community coalitions in Revere, Chelsea and East Boston.

This article was published in the 07/13/18 Hotline issue.