Featured Greenway: Neponset River Trail

Photo: Neponset River Watershed Association On a slightly overcast Saturday in late July, Dorchester’s Neponset Park was abuzz with activity.  Children hovered by the splash pad and ice cream truck, while others checked out displays on local wildlife by the New England Aquarium and Mass Fisheries and Wildlife. Visitors paddled canoes and kayaks along the quiet stretch of river between the Granite Ave and Route 93 bridges and people on bikes wove through the park on the paved, multi-use Neponset River Trail.  The day marked the first annual Neponset RiverFest, a celebration of a decades-long effort to reclaim the waterfront along Boston’s southern border. Twenty years earlier, neighbors would have had difficulty even accessing the river, let alone celebrating along its banks.  Continue reading

Featured Greenway: East Boston Greenway

The East Boston Greenway is in many ways a success story for advocates of urban trails. The work of local advocacy groups like the Boston Natural Areas Network, Friends of the East Boston Greenway, and Airport Impact Relief, Inc. has lead to the creation of a remarkably continuous corridor, connecting major open spaces in a neighborhood that has historically been fragmented by infrastructure like the MBTA Blue Line, Route 1A and Logan Airport.  Continue reading

Launch of the Emerald Network Newsletter

Every year, spring unlocks a rush of activity in Greater Boston. People linger in parks and on the streets, connecting with friends and neighbors. As we launch our inaugural issue of the Emerald Network newsletter, evidence to support our vision is everywhere: Public spaces expand our sense of well-being and overall quality of life. Continue reading

Featured Greenway: Greenough Greenway

Greenough Greenway is a mile-long linear park located on the Charles River between the Eliot Bridge and the Arsenal Street Bridge in Watertown. Constructed in 1965, Greenough Boulevard was primarily characterized by wide car lanes dominating the river's shore and encouraging speeding. The Greenough Greenway project reclaimed a mile of waterfront parkland from the overbuilt highway and connected one of the best five kilometer path loops in Greater Boston.  Continue reading