After being closed for renovations since 2019, it was announced on June 5th the Curley Community Center would be opening for tours beginning June 9th and to members for self-workouts on June 15th, with limited programming classes on June 20th.

The announcement from the City of Boston also ended with this paragraph:

Due to nesting of the endangered Piping Plover birds, there will be no beach access from the center until fall. BCYF is working with the State to secure beach access for the future. Members are welcome to use the nearby beaches surrounding the center for this summer.

In response to this announcement, this map was sent to Caught in Southie – it appears the beach behind the Curley Community Center is the property of the city of Boston. The city is currently compliant with state law governing waterfront access to the public.

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Also, the following letter was sent to the City of Boston on Thursday:

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The fact of the matter is the City of Boston needs to submit a Beach Operation and Management Plan to the Boston Conservation Commission for approval but has not.  There is a filing date coming up on June. 21st, with a hearing date of July 5th. This would allow the beach behind the Curley Community Center to potentiallly open this summer. The public can offer testimony. The Conservation will also accept written testimony for agenda items via email at [email protected] prior to the hearing. Written testimony be submitted by 3:30pm on the day of a 6pm hearing.

You can learn more about that here. 


  1. Koz June 17, 2023 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    So the 38,000 tax paying citizens of Southie can’t use the beach for the entire summer because some rare species of birds decide to become squatters at the “L”, The birds are in the “wrong” and someone has to tell them. How about a city financed “corporate relocation “of our feathered friends to say Tenean Beach. Birds Lives Matter but not this much ? How about some consideration for the pasty white dudes walking around Southie with farmers tans due to reduced beach tanning space. We were brought up to believe in Four Leaf Clovers not Four Feathered Plovers ?

  2. Fred Guerriero June 20, 2023 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    plovers have ruined beach time up & down the coast. They should be dealt with by relocation. People(children) need to use the short beach season.

  3. JCaL June 22, 2023 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    Piping plovers taste like chicken 🐓

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