NEWS FROM THE NETWORK
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Celebrating Great Progress in 2018
Photo: TDM Photography
2018 was an exciting year of progress for the Emerald Network, with 4 miles completed (Franklin Park Pathway Improvements, Chelsea Greenway, Belle Isle Marsh Ecology Park and Walk), and 37 miles in feasibility, design, or construction; including the Watertown-Cambridge Greenway, South Bay Harbor Trail, and Summer Street. In 2019, you can look forward to more Emerald Network community events, including an expanded summer ride series highlighting key links in the Network. Stay tuned!
StreetTalk 10-in-1 Videos Are Live
Photo: Peter Holmgren
We had a packed house for our 8th Annual StreetTalk in December at Old South Meeting House. Highlights included "Preparing Our Future," a presentation by GreenRoots Chelsea ECO crew member Shakaya Moore-Perkins, and "Designing Playful Cities" with Emerald Network Program Manager Tony Lechuga. Thanks to WGBH Forum Network for filming the event.
Medford Greenway and Local State Park Projects Receive Boost from DCR Partnerships Matching Funds Program
Twenty-five local projects will move ahead in 2019 thanks to the more than $990,000 investment by the Baker-Polito administration through the DCR Partnerships Matching Funds Program. Winning proposals in Metro Boston include the design and permitting of a new, shared-use greenway path along the Mystic River in Medford, and the design of a community skate park in Southwest Corridor Park in Boston. Click here to read more.
LivableStreets Partners with Greater Ashmont Main Street on Dot Greenway Project
Source: Greater Ashmont Main Street
LivableStreets will serve as fiscal partner for Greater Ashmont Main Street as they seek Community Preservation Act funding for the "Dot Greenway" project this spring. The Dot Greenway would be built on top of the Red Line tunnel cap between Park and Ashmont Streets, creating a shared-use path for people walking and biking, with some space for outdoor events. A coUrbanize page drew hundreds of comments, suggestions, and survey responses last year for the project. Click here to read the latest from the Dorchester Reporter.
Northeastern Design Studio Students Envision Innovative Public Spaces Along Columbia Road
Graduate students from Northeastern University partnered with LivableStreets last fall to explore Columbia Road in Dorchester and design ideas for public spaces activated by people, history, art, and culture. The goal of these projects was to engage the community and inspire creative thinking about what people want to see along the corridor. From connecting public art installations with the Safe Routes to School initiative to creating a safer intersection to link Columbia Road to the Franklin Park Zoo, we were very impressed with the research and imagination that went into these projects! Read more and view the final projects here.
LivableStreets' Columbia Road survey and work along the corridor was also recently featured in the Dorchester Reporter. Click here to read the full article.