Although small in scale, the Roxbury-Fenway Connector (Rox-Fens Connector) is a major project linking two of Boston’s most beloved of greenways, the Emerald Necklace and the Southwest Corridor. Currently in the design phase and overseen by the Boston Transportation Department’s Green Links Program, the Connector is a major step in completing the missing links in the foundational greenways connecting the area. Here, we highlight the location and break down the different parts of the path, so you can get an idea of how the Connector will enhance mobility in the surrounding area:
|Rendering of the Rox-Fens Connector path.|
The southernmost of edge of the Connector begins at the MBTA Ruggles Station adjacent to Northeastern University, making it highly accessible to those travelling on foot, by bike, or train.The path will exist as an off-street shared path along the north side of Ruggles Street, creating a narrow streetside park continuing all the way to Parker Street.
The greenway connector will continue north along the east side of Parker Street as a dedicated sidewalk and two-way cycle track before crossing Huntington Avenue. The path follows Forsyth Avenue past the Museum of Fine Arts to connect with the existing Emerald Necklace.
When complete, this Emerald Network link will improve access to some of Boston’s most alluring and historic open spaces. By committing to this project and encouraging a design that turns spaces into destinations, Boston is recognizing its existing assets and showcasing the general power of greenway networks to improve access for all.
"The Rox-Fens Connector will enhance mobility and encourage active transportation by helping people navigate easily and more safely between Dudley Station, Ruggles, the Southwest Corridor, and the Emerald Necklace." - Tony Lechuga, Emerald Network Program Manager
|A map of the Rox-Fens Connector (courtesy of GreenLinks.)|
Want to explore the Connector with us? Join LivableStreets, Green Links, and the Emerald Necklace Conservancy on May 12th for the Roxbury-Fenway open street event! From 11 am to 4 pm Parker Street (between Ruggles St. and Huntington Ave) will be closed to through traffic. During that time we will be conducting guided walking tours between Ruggles Station and the Emerald Necklace.
In addition to the walking tours, attendees can snag a Blue Bike (formerly Hubway) and lessons on how to use the bikeshare system. Or hop on your bike with Roxbury Rides and learn how to navigate the best routes between Dudley Station, the Southwest Corridor, and the Emerald Necklace paths.
The FREE event will include crafts, games, snacks, and activities for people of all ages and abilities. We hope to see you there!
Rox-Fens Connector Event
May 12, 2018 at 11am – 4pm
Parker Street (between Ruggles St. and Huntington Ave.)