National Development, developer of Ink Block, today announced details for opening of Boston’s newest urban park, Underground at Ink Block, including an exciting public art project. Underground at Ink Block is the successful transformation of an 8-acre underpass located between Boston’s South End and South Boston neighborhoods into an active urban park, cultural attraction and parking amenity. Landscaped pedestrian boardwalks and bicycle paths along the Fort Point Channel create new connections between communities previously separated by highway infrastructure.
The park opens to the public on Saturday, September 9, 2017 with a full day of programming and events including the Underground Mural Project powered by Reebok in partnership with National Development. Reebok International Ltd., now headquartered in Boston, MA, USA, is a leading worldwide designer, marketer and distributor of fitness and lifestyle footwear, apparel and equipment.
“Underground at Ink Block brings a much needed amenity to this rapidly transforming area of Boston’s South End, utilizing transportation infrastructure as a blank canvas for creativity and connecting communities,” said Ted Tye, Managing Partner of National Development. “We are thrilled to be working with Reebok on the mural project.”
The 2017 Underground Mural Project brings together today’s most popular and influential street artists to transform over 150,000 SF of mural walls. The 2017 participating artists include: Cey Adams (New York City), Don Rimx (Puerto Rico), Imagine876 (Boston) Hoxxoh (Miami), Marka27 (Boston), Percy Fortini Wright (Boston), Problak (Boston), Upendo (Los Angeles), Vyal One (Los Angeles), Ewok (Boston), Thy Doan (Boston) & Andrew Balboa (Boston). The 2017 Underground Mural Project is curated by Street Theory.
“At Reebok, we’re on a mission to inspire people to get active, honor the bodies they’ve been given, and live each day to the fullest,” said Reebok Brand President Matt O’Toole. “Underground at Ink Block presents the perfect opportunity to showcase art, music, movement, and community. We’re grateful to be a part of this project and I’m excited to see all of the versatile ways the space will be utilized.”
The newly transformed walls will be unveiled at the first annual ‘Underground GetDown’ block party scheduled for Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 2pm-6pm. The event includes the Loco Beer Garden in partnership with Sierra Nevada, DJ’s Gucci Vuitton & Braun Dapper spinning hip hop, house, funk and soul, plus Epic ping pong, lawn games, activities for children & pets, food trucks and more. The event is free and open to the public.