NEWS FROM THE NETWORK
Register Now for Our StreetTalk at Boston Public Library
(Photo: Leventhal Map Center)
Seats are filling up fast for our upcoming StreetTalk "Olmsted for the 21st Century: Creating Urban Change", taking place May 31st at the Boston Public Library. The panel discussion is a part of the Leventhal Map Center's exhibit, "Breathing Room: Mapping Boston's Green Spaces" and will focus on the modern advocacy that is expanding Boston's green spaces.
Panelists include Alice Brown of Boston Harbor Now, Tamika Francis of the Boston Alliance for Community Health, Alex Krieger of Harvard University and NBBJ, and Jessica Robertson of Utile Design. Don't miss out on this unique and inspiring StreetTalk -- reserve your free tickets today!
Mayor Walsh Announces New Funding for GreenLinks
Commissioner of the City of Boston Transportation Gina Fiandaca and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. (Photo: Boston.gov)
Earlier this month, the City of Boston announced a major increase in staffing and capital funding that will directly support the Emerald Network. The proposal outlines $400,000 annually to support the GreenLinks program, Boston’s greenway initiative.
This is a major win for greenways in Boston! If passed, it means that there will be more staff dedicated to the GreenLinks program and funds for study, design, and implementation. With this proposal Mayor Walsh is showing that Boston can lead the way in building a resilient and equitable transportation network for all users. Click here to read more.
Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Area Businesses Endorse Business Improvement District
The Rose Kennedy Greenway. (Photo: Boston Globe)
Good news for residents and visitors who enjoy art installations, exercise classes, food trucks, beer gardens and more along the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway -- a group of 41 businesses along the Greenway is stepping up to help pay for the popular downtown park’s upkeep.
As a Business Improvement District (BID) the property owners would take on a voluntary tax to help maintain, supervise, and advertise events for the Greenway. The funds will supplement city and state funding for the park, as well as money raised by the nonprofit Greenway Conservancy.
The BID endorsement affirms that greenways are assets to communities and that businesses are willing to spend money to ensure their upkeep and engagement. This would only be Boston’s second BID, and we hope it can set a precedent for private business to provide public goods in the form of greenways and other open spaces. Click here to read more.
MassTrails Program Will Support Funding and Construction Across State
Governor Charlie Baker in Scituate, MA. (Photo: Governor's Press Office)
Governor Baker continues to show support for expanding Massachusetts’ extensive trails network, recently seeking authorization from the legislature for $25 million over the next five years to support a program called MassTrails. MassTrails would be a one-stop shop for all information about planning, design, and construction of new trails throughout the state. The program could be hugely beneficial in connecting the gaps in the state’s network of trails, as well as gaps in funding for design. Click here to read the full press release.
Plans for Mystic River Pedestrian Bridge Take Shape
Whatever feelings you may have about the new casino being built in Everett, local excitement is growing for the project’s proposed pedestrian bridge across the Mystic River. The bridge will provide much needed access across the river between Somerville and Everett, and connect existing and proposed greenways along both sides. Building a pedestrian-only bridge is a great example of prioritizing and encouraging active transportation and connecting to the existing greenways. Click here to read more.
Funding Opportunity for Organizations in Boston
Franklin Park. (Photo: Boston Park Advocates)
As Boston rolls out its Community Preservation Act program (CPA), new funding opportunities are available this spring to support affordable housing, historic preservation, parks, open space, and outdoor recreation across all neighborhoods. The CPA aligns with the goals of the Go Boston 2030 plan to continue promoting equity and stability to Boston neighborhoods, protecting and enhancing our natural environment, and will fill a critical gap in funding for design and construction.
This new source of funding will be a huge boon to the Emerald Network and our Greenway Partners. Organizations with “shovel-ready” affordable housing, historic preservation, and parks and open space proposals may now apply for spring funding. Want to find out if your neighborhood project is "shovel-ready"? Review the application requirements here. All applications are due by April 27, 2018.