Greenway Partners

GREENWAY PARTNERS PROGRAM

To support the completion of the 200+ mile Emerald Network, the Greenway Partners Program works with community partners to obtain capacity-building aid in advancing proposed greenway projects. Beginning in 2015 with six original partners, the program has grown to include eight partnerships of varying degrees of feasibility, design, and construction.

Through the Greenway Partners Program, LivableStreets provides technical assistance to each of the partners. The support is customized to fit the unique opportunities and challenges posed by each community, and includes a mix of fostering community engagement, developing design concepts, commissioning feasibility studies, hosting community workshops, and building public and political support.

Keep reading to learn more about the projects we’re advancing with our Greenway Partners.

A map of the Greenway Partners Program priority areas, highlighting 1) Charlestown Lower Mystic Greenway (active), 2) Arsenal Park Connector (past), 3) Roxbury to Fenway Connector (active), 4) Hammond Street Greenway (past), 5) Roslindale Gateway Path (active), 6) American Legion Greenway (active), 7) Dot Greenway (active), and 8) Fairmount to Mattapan Greenway (active)

1. Charlestown Lower Mystic Greenway (Active Partnership)

This project aims to close the gap in the Boston Harborwalk between the Schrafft's Center, with nearly 2,000 employees, and the Lower Mystic Channel. When complete, this greenway path will be a vital protective barrier to rising sea levels, an access point to the Mystic River, and an important link in the emerging greenway network along the Mystic.

Partner: Mystic River Watershed Association

2. Arsenal Park Connector (Past Partnership)

This project will link the existing 10 miles of greenway along the north shore of the Charles River with the existing Watertown Community Path. Under construction at this moment is the Watertown-Cambridge Greenway, which, in conjunction with the completion of the Arsenal Park Connector, will allow a person to travel from Downtown Boston to the Minuteman Path out to Lexington, or along the Mass Central Rail Trail out to Belmont, or along Alewife Brook Parkway out to Medford exclusively on greenway paths.

Partner: Watertown Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee

3. Roxbury to Fenway Connector (Active Partnership)

The goal of this project is to connect two of Boston’s most used greenway paths, the Emerald Necklace and the Southwest Corridor. This would provide a key link near dense housing, employment, and cultural institutions including Northeastern University, the Museum of Fine Art, and the Longwood Medical Area.

Partner: Emerald Necklace Conservancy

4. Hammond Street Greenway (Past Partnership)

This project would implement a road diet on Hammond Street through Brookline, creating enough space for a two-way cycle track along the eastern edge of the roadway. Analysis has shown that average speeds along this corridor are in excess of 40 mph despite posted speed limits of 25 mph. A road diet, coupled with a cycle track, would provide necessary speed calming while providing an important north-south link to encourage active transportation in Brookline.

Partner: Brookline Bicycle Advisory Committee

5. Roslindale Gateway Path (Active Partnership)

This project will provide access to the beautiful Arnold Arboretum from two currently inaccessible spots, Roslindale Village, and neighborhoods to the east of the Arboretum. In addition to providing access, this path will also provide a more direct and safe link between Roslindale Village and the Forest Hills MBTA station, the Southwest Corridor, and Franklin Park, areas essential for expanding access to employment and recreation.

Partner: WalkUP Roslindale

6. American Legion Greenway (Active Partnership)

This project aims to transform the American Legion Highway into the American Legion Parkway, a space that allows users to appreciate the density of trees and open space along the corridor. The wide corridor that currently exists has ample space for a redesigned road that includes a linear multi-use path to provide safer routes for the many students and residents along the corridor. The corridor is also a vital link between many public green spaces, including the Mount Hope Cemetery, the Boston Nature Center, Franklin Park Cemetery, and Franklin Park.

Partner: American Legion Corridor Coalition

7. Dot Greenway (Active Partnership)

The Dot Greenway is a unique project aimed at taking full advantage of an existing and underutilized asset in Dorchester, the cap over the MBTA Red Line tunnel between Talbot Avenue and Park Street. What is currently an overgrown and fenced off concrete slab will become a linear park connecting residents of Dorchester to two MBTA Red Line stations and the planned bike lanes for Talbot Avenue.

Partner: Greater Ashmont Main Street

8. Fairmount to Mattapan Greenway (Active Partnership)

This project will provide access to the Neponset River along a two-mile stretch of the northern bank in Hyde Park and Mattapan where residents currently have no access to the river in their backyard. In addition to opening up the river to the residents, this will also create a safe and direct link between the Fairmount MBTA station and the commercial center of Hyde Park, the West Street Urban Wild, Doyle Park, the Shops at Riverwood, the Mattapan MBTA station, and the existing Neponset River Greenway.

Partner: Southwest Boston Community Development Corporation

Is there a greenway project happening in your neighborhood that could use the support of our Greenway Partners model? Contact Program Director Ambar Johnson for more information: ambar@livablestreets.info.

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