NEWS FROM THE NETWORK
The Power of the Network. We have updates on six key links in the Emerald Network this month! As the network continues to open connections to transit, jobs, and open space, it has the power to transform how we get around our city and the region.
Join Team Emerald Network! Register for Tour de Streets Today
Key links in the Emerald Network were advanced and completed this year, thanks in part to the money we raised during our annual fundraiser Tour de Streets. Help us make this year the biggest yet, by joining the fun at Tour de Streets on September 9th! Join Emerald Network Program Manager Nidhi Gulati for a 3-mile urban walking tour exploring hidden highlights along the Charles River and enjoy BBQ and live music at DCR's North Point Park. All walkers must raise a minimum of $100. Kids walk and eat FREE with adult registration! Bring the whole family! Click here and join Team Emerald Network today!
Check Out Our Improved Website
Our website has a fresh new look! We've been working hard on updating our website to make it easier for you to find updates and interact with the Emerald Network. We're excited to introduce the new Emerald Network slideshow and Greenway Stories. It's now time to take the show on the road and share our work! If you or someone you know wants to hear about the Emerald Network in person, email Program Manager Nidhi Gulati, and we will bring the Network to you!
Imagine Boston 2030 Party and Showcase
Join Mayor Walsh and the City of Boston on July 11th to celebrate the release of the Imagine Boston 2030 Plan! Imagine Boston 2030 is a bold vision for the future of city shaped by input from over 15,000 Bostonians. The plan brings a renewed commitment to improving access and mobility in the region and a promise for investment in the public realm. Check out sections ‘Opportunity for Growth’, ‘Enhanced Neighborhoods’ and ‘Waterfront’ for proposed actions and projects that can help make the Emerald Network a reality.
Roslindale Gateway Path at 10% Design
Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our Greenway partners WalkUP Roslindale, the Roslindale Gateway Path is one step closer to reality. A 10% design for the proposed path between the Blackwell Path Extension and Roslindale Village Commuter Rail Station was presented to the community on June 15th. For more information and to check out the progress we've made, visit the project page, and view a summary of community engagement conducted by Tufts University.
The Roslindale Gateway Path is supported by our Greenway Partners program, dedicated to providing community groups with technical assistance and strategy to advance their projects.
Watertown-Cambridge Greenway Funded
Another win for greenway and public space advocates in Watertown and Cambridge! We're thrilled to announce that Phase II of the Watertown-Cambridge Greenway is now funded for construction. This section of the greenway will connect the existing greenway in Watertown at Arlington and Crawford Streets to Minuteman Bikeway via the Fresh Pond paths. Once completed, this section will unlock many opportunities for active commuting, recreation, and park access. Check out this press piece in Wicked Local. Join Friends of the Greenway to get involved!
Neponset Trail Extension Now Open
While we are celebrating all things greenway, the much-awaited section of the Neponset River Greenway is now open between Central Ave Station in Milton and Mattapan Square, filling a critical link for people on foot, bicycles, wheelchairs and more! A huge shoutout to our friends at the Neponset River Greenway Council for their continued advocacy and support on this project. Check out images from the newest section of the path on our Flickr page and get the local scoop in the Dorchester Reporter.
Governor Baker Announces Trail Funding Increase
At the Route 134 Bridge opening along the Cape Cod Rail Trail on June 28th, Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito announced an increase in the budget of the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) by 60%, from $1.1 million to $1.8 million. This funding could go a long way in completing the vision for the Emerald Network. In his speech Governor Baker reiterated his commitment to working with municipal partners on trail projects throughout the state:
“Trails like the Cape Cod Rail Trail provide countless benefits to those who use them and the communities that support them, whether it’s access to open space and waterfronts, reduced congestion and carbon emissions, or opportunities to enjoy healthy, recreational activity. We are committed to working with our municipal partners to make the investments that can maintain and expand these vibrant assets for generations to come across the Commonwealth.”
Learn more at the MassDOT Blog, or read coverage in US News.