But looking below as you left the city heading north, it was a jumbled up mess, like a kid's toy train set or a game of pick up sticks with old railroad tracks, a little river, a little bridge, elevated trains, and a mountain of gravel. Where was I? Turns out I was where RT 93, an unused railway station, the Charles River Dam, the elevated Orange and Green lines, and Boston Gravel met up. Three levels in fast motion, swirling inside the city's vortex.
Now, thanks to billions of dollars and Magic Johnson (that's another story), the tracks are gone, and the 44 acres of nothingness have been transformed into NorthPoint Park, the new, lower forth level, the green grass, willow tree lined level for pedestrians, bikers, dog walkers, and playground hoppers.
For playground hoppers via car, head to the Museum of Science and turn on Museum Way under the Green Line tracks. Take your first right on Education Street, then a right on NorthPoint Blvd. It's straight ahead, covered by trees. Free two hour street parking.
For hoppers pushing baby carriages, it's a hop, skip and jump away from any direction and expect a 15 minute walk. Just head to the Museum of Science on your tourist map.
It's about 15 minutes from Mike's Pastry on Hanover Street in the North End. Just follow the Freedom Trail to the Paul Revere Park, cross over the North Bank Bridge (which takes 5 minutes), and you're in NorthPoint Park.
From Charles Street in Beacon Hill or MGH, cross over the pedestrian bridge at the Red Line stop, turn right and follow along the Esplanade which will take you to Monsignor O'Brien Highway, toward the Museum. Pass the Museum and take a right on Museum Way. On your right is the park entrance.