Olympic beach volleyball is coming to Quincy if Boston wins its bid to host the 2024 summer Olympic Games.
The beach volleyball venue, previously sited for Boston Common, will now be located at Quincy's Squantum Point Park, a public park managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation.
Under the proposal, "Squantum Point Park would undergo improvements in order to serve as an Olympic venue, such as improved walkways, picnic areas, athletic areas, expanded parking and access to the ferry terminal, leaving a long-term legacy for local residents and visitors to the park," according to a press release from Boston 2024 sent out this morning. The park opened to the public in 2001.
In a statement to the Reporter, Boston 2024 maintains that it informed all appropriate authorities of both the potential use for the site and potential venue. Boston 2024 plans to host a community meeting in July to discuss the proposal.
"Secretary Beaton recently discussed conceptual plans for the use of DCR property with Boston 2024. While DCR has yet to discuss the use of Squantum Point Park with Boston 2024 in depth, Secretary Beaton and Commissioner Sanchez look forward to reviewing the proposal," said Peter Lorenz, Energy and Environmental Affairs communications director.
An earlier report on this topic by the Reporter said that the selection of this venue had come as a surprise to DCR. In fact, Boston 2024 and DCR had previous conversations about plans for this site.