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August 2023 Vol. 6 Issue 3
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NEWS FROM THE NETWORK
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The Fenway Multiuse Path Connects the Emerald Necklace to Fenway
Phase 1 of the Fenway Multiuse Path is complete. It adds a green off-road path between Maitland and Miner Street. When finished, the Fenway Multiuse Path will be over 1,700 ft long. It will link the Emerald Necklace park system to Fenway Station.
Connections to the Fenway Multiuse Path are also being built. The City of Boston recently completed protected multiuse lanes on Beacon Street. These lanes unite the Fenway Multiuse Path to the larger road network, as well as provide safer links to Kenmore Square.
DOT Greenway Awarded A MassTrails Grant
LivableStreets, in partnership with the City of Boston, secured a MassTrails grant! The grant has unlocked over $600,000 for the project, which includes matching funds from the city. Next steps include a study of the MBTA tunnel cap and community outreach. The study will help the team understand the weight the tunnel cap can support. This will determine what amenities (like community gardens, walking paths, or public art) the potential greenway could include.
A huge thanks to the project's local champions who championed this project for over 7 years! Be on the lookout for more news about the project during the Fall.
Visit LivableStreets at the 2023 Boston Open Street event in Dorchester on Sunday, September 17th to learn more about the project and share ideas!
Tell Us What You Think About the Southwest Corridor Action Plan!
LivableStreets Alliance has been hired by the Department of Conservation and Recreation to lead community engagement for the Southwest Corridor Action Plan. The plan will guide years of upcoming investment and help decide what projects happen first. Please tell us what you love about the park or wish to change.
You can share thoughts in 4 ways…
Share your ideas with the LivableStreets Street Ambassador team. We will be on the Southwest Corridor throughout August!
See you at the Mission Hills Farmers Market at Roxbury Crossing on September 5th and 12th.
Partners Doing Amazing Work
The Neponset River Named a Superfund Site!
The Neponset River Watershed Association (NepRWA) is hard at work cleaning up the river.
Areas of the Neponset River have recently become listed as a Superfund Site by the federal government. This means there is a high amount of pollution that can be unhealthy. However, becoming a "Superfund Site" means the federal government can now provide resources to help clean the site. This spring, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began sampling the waterway and will work to study and remove suspected contamination along the river.
Most of the river's pollution is located within the mud at the bottom of the river. This means it is safe to enjoy the Neponset Greenway and Lower Neponset for recreation. For more information about the removal sites click here.
Grand Junction Path Updates
The Grand Junction Path will be a “pathway for residents, workers, and visitors to stroll, jog, and bike and stroll.” The path will be next to the Grand Junction railroad track and connect Cambridge to Somerville.
It will run from Kendall Square in Cambridge to the Minute Man Path in Somerville. The path's design team has almost finished deciding what the path will look like. This includes elements like lighting, trees, pocket parks, and street crossings.
This past spring, the project moved into the permitting phase. In this phase land owners and agencies make sure the project follows zoning, building, and environmental guidelines.
Soon, there will be an announcement to artists for two mural opportunities. There will be a public Open House to show the final ideas for the project in Fall 2023. Construction will hopefully begin in Spring 2024. To see project updates view the project website or sign up for the mailing list.
Art + Events
"A Day in Charlestown... sometime in the future"
Are you a fan of comics? Check out the Boston Planning & Development Association's “A Day in Charlestown!” The comic shares what Charlestown might look like by illustrating elements of PLAN: Charlestown. View the full scenario slides which highlight the possibilities for Charlestown.
Chill out this summer with Boston Harbor Now!
Looking for ways to spend time and soak up the rest of the summertime? Boston Harbor Now has activities planned almost every day — see what they are hosting on their August calendar list. Whether you’re interested in helping clean up your local park or joining a wellness class along the Charles River, they have plenty of opportunities for you to stay entertained in the great outdoors!
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is hiring for nearly 70+ positions. View the full list of opportunities to work with their talented, diverse and dedicated team. Help the Boston region steward clean, safe, accessible and reliable service. But act quickly — deadlines close soon.
As a policy, LivableStreets will only advertise opportunities that include salary or compensation information.