April 2019 Vol. 3 Issue 2


Spring is in bloom, and so are a number of great events that will connect you into the exciting work that is shaping the future of the Emerald Network!

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Upcoming Opportunities to Experience the Network

Photo: Franklin Park Coalition

Roslindale Gateway Path Receives CPA Funding

Photo: WalkUP Roslindale

In February, the City of Boston Community Preservation Committee announced its recommendation that the Bussey Brook Meadow Path receive $500,000 to improve this important link in the Roslindale Gateway Path! This funding will help to increase access into and through the Arnold Arboretum, especially for those residents living east of the commuter rail tracks.

Want to learn more about progress and plans for the Gateway Path? Visit the Arboretum on Lilac Sunday and read this blog post from our Greenway Partner WalkUP Roslindale.

Charlesgate Alliance Receives CPA Funding for Charlesgate Park

Source: Landing Studio and Charlesgate Alliance

Charlesgate Alliance recently received $400,000 in CPA funds to continue their work to connect the Emerald Necklace to the Charles River. This funding will aid completion of the design for Charlesgate Park, a 13-acre historic park in the Fenway/Kenmore neighborhood.

Want to learn more about Charlesgate Alliance? Visit their website and read more about their plan for the CPA funds in the Boston Sun.

New MassDOT Plans for Connecting Charlesgate to the Charles River Path

Source: MassDOT

MassDOT recently released plans to replace the Eastbound Storrow Drive Bridge, and through this process will reconnect the Emerald Necklace from Charlesgate through to the Esplanade by including accommodations for those walking or riding a bike.

Read more about the design alternatives for the project, and stay tuned for more updates as the project progresses!


Featured Greenway: Beacon Street Bridle Path

Pop-up demonstration of a shared-use path on Beacon Street in December 2018 (Photo: Friends of the Beacon Street Bridle Path)

Beacon Street, from Audubon Circle to Cleveland Circle, is a pleasant, tree-lined boulevard that over the past year has been incorporated into our wider vision of the Emerald Network. Originally laid out in 1850, Beacon Street has long served as a busy connector between Brookline and Boston. Thanks to Brookline resident Jules Milner-Brage and the Friends of Beacon Street Bridle Path, an exciting vision for a safer, multimodal street is starting to take shape. Keep reading to learn more....

Taking a Historical Park Into the Next Century: Franklin Park

State Representative Russell Holmes, Janna Cohen-Rosenthal, and Arealus Pough outside of Lena Park’s Fab Lab. (Photo: Franklin Park Coalition)

When Franklin Park was built in 1885 it lay well beyond Boston’s populated center. Today, the park is an inviting open space at the heart of a city of over a half-million residents. We spoke with Franklin Park Coalition's Executive Director Janna Cohen-Rosenthal and Lena Park Community Development Corporation's Community Engagement Manager Arealus Pough to learn more about opportunities and challenges for the park as it becomes a focus for several modern planning projects. Keep reading to learn more....


This year the Emerald Network is focusing on moving projects forward in three priority areas across Metro Boston. Each of these areas represents a crossroads of multiple greenways, which when connected, will have a profound influence on access around the region.

View the maps and learn more about our 2019 priority areas:



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