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Boston Harbor Islands And Public Parks

The Boston Harbor Islands National Park is one of the nation's newest national parks, located in what once was the nation's dirtiest harbor. The 34 islands were known for sewage, pollution, quarantined medical patients and a glue factory. They are now a national park — less than 10 miles from Boston — where visitors can camp, hike, swim and fish. The islands are rich; the park is poor. Park officials estimate there are $300 million in needed capital improvements, and last year the state gave the park $3 million.

Radio Boston looks at the struggling Boston Harbor Islands National Park and stewardship of public land throughout Massachusetts.

This program aired on October 5, 2007. The audio for this program is not available.

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