The 200-mile Emerald Network vision builds off a portfolio of 100 miles of existing greenways, 30 miles of greenways in-progress and 70 miles of proposed new links.
The in-progress portions of the Emerald Network have funding in place or are currently under construction. LivableStreets provides support to these projects by writing comment letters, activating community support at public meetings, connecting local activists to allies, and collaborating with municipalities and agencies. Click on any map below to enlarge.
Greenway Partners Program
To support the completion of the 200-mile Emerald Network, the Greenway Partners Program selected 6 community partners to receive capacity-building aid in advancing proposed greenway projects.
Through the program, LivableStreets provides technical assistance to each of the six partners. The support is customized to fit the unique opportunities and challenges posed by each community, and includes a mix of encouraging community engagement, developing design concepts, commissioning feasibility studies, hosting community workshops, and building public and political support. Read on below to learn more about each of our current partners.
1. Arsenal Park Connector
The Arsenal Park Connector will close the gap between the end of the Watertown Spur and the Paul Dudley White Path along the Charles River thorough Arsenal Park.
Partner: Watertown Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee
The Watertown Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee works to improve biking and walking alternatives for commuting and recreation. Officially commissioned by the Town of Watertown in 1995, the Committee is composed of volunteer residents appointed by the Town Manager.
2. Roxbury to Fens Connector
The Roxbury to Fens Connector will link two of the most significant and well-used public spaces in the city: the Emerald Necklace and the Southwest Corridor. This connector aims to enhance accommodations for pedestrians and bicyclists along Ruggles Street, Parker Street and Forsyth Way, and to improve access for the communities around it.
Partner: The Emerald Necklace Conservancy
The Emerald Necklace Conservancy is a private non-profit stewardship organization founded in 1998 to maintain, restore and protect the parks of the Emerald Necklace for all to explore, use, and enjoy. For more information about the Conservancy, visit their website.
3. American Legion Greenway
The American Legion Greenway envisions a transformation of the American Legion Highway that connects the various public and semi-public green infrastructure segments and open spaces along it. The greenway would also create a critical north-south route for non-motorized modes of transportation.
Partner: The American Legion Corridor Coalition
The American Legion Corridor Coalition is a coalition of residents, community nonprofit organizations, parents, teachers, and businesses along the American Legion Highway/Parkway including several adjacent pocket neighborhoods. The coalition spans five of Boston's 'towns', from Dorchester to Hyde Park.
4. Fairmount to Riverwood Greenway
The Fairmount to Riverwood Greenway will connect the Fairmount Commuter Rail Station to the Riverwood Shopping Center and fill a gap in green infrastructure along the northern edge of the Neponset River.
Partner: Southwest Boston Community Development Corporation
Formed in 2001 by concerned residents, the Southwest Boston Community Development Corporation serves the communities of Hyde Park and Roslindale by preserving affordable housing and promoting economic development. In Hyde Park, it has focused on transit-oriented development, targeting vacant and underutilized lots near the Fairmount/Indigo MBTA Commuter Rail Line. The Southwest Boston CDC is also focused on community organization and leadership development of adults and youth. Its Green Team program addresses multiple needs, by training youth in leadership skills as well as participating in urban green space restoration.
5. Hammond Street Greenway
Featuring dedicated bike lanes in the short term and separated walking and bicycle tracks in the long term, the planned Hammond Street Greenway will enhance connectivity and mobility choices along a street dotted with parks, greenways and single family homes that is bordered by the Green Line.
Partner: Brookline Bicycle Advisory Committee
The Brookline Bicycle Advisory Committee advises the Brookline Transportation Board on issues related to bicycling in Brookline. Members are appointed by the Board to serve three year terms. It advises the Transportation Board on matters related to cycling for commuting, general mobility and pleasure, with an emphasis on safety, public education, and bicycle accessibility.
6. Arboretum Gateway Path
The Arboretum Gateway Path will connect a large section of the community to the surrounding Arnold Arboretum and Forest Hills MBTA Station, through the Blackwell Path. Additionally, the path will create low cost mobility options for people between the Roslindale Commuter Rail Station and Forest Hills Station. Read the summary report for the project here.
Partner: WalkUp Roslindale
WalkUp Roslindale is made up of residents who live or work in, or simply care about Roslindale and wish to make it the most pedestrian-friendly neighborhood in the City of Boston. They envision Roslindale as a safe, pleasant, and beautiful place to walk, gather, and interact. Their approach to improving the human environment is comprehensive and holistic: development, design, infrastructure, culture, social norms, and law enforcement. Although their main focus is on pedestrian access, they are keen to improve the neighborhood for bikes, other non-motorized forms of transportation, as well as mass transit.
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