Wonderland Station Revere, MA


Image courtesy of  Paul Lukez Architecture


Revere Beach, a three-mile sand crescent located approximately seven miles north of Boston, was established in the late 1800s as the first public beach in the United States—known as “the People’s Beach” or Coney Island of New England. The popular beach and adjoining amusements slipped into decline after World War II, with revitalization efforts commencing in the 1980s. Current redevelopment efforts center around Wonderland Station, a subway terminus located just west of the beachfront. Wonderland is the terminus of the Blue Line, which is part of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) system. A cable-stayed pedestrian bridge, plazas, and park improvements are currently under construction at the Wonderland MBTA Station. As part of a new transit-oriented infill project called Waterfront Square at Revere Beach, large commuter parking lots around Wonderland Station are proposed to be redeveloped into residential, retail, restaurant, hotel, entertainment, and office space. A new parking garage will be built to serve Wonderland Station and the new development. An ocean pier—with views of Broad Sound, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Boston skyline—is also proposed.