October 2017 Vol. 1 Issue 3


Happy Fall! We've got some exciting updates to share with you including Neighborhood Slow Streets, funding for Watertown, a new wayfinding guide, and more! As the network continues to grow and connect it is increasing access and mobility for people across Metro Boston by serving as a backbone for the existing public systems (parks, buses, subways, and trains). Check it out!

Thank You for Joining Us at Tour de Streets


Thank you to everyone who joined us on September 9th for our biggest annual fundraiser! Over 150 people rode, walked, or joined the barbecue after-party at DCR’s North Point Park. With your help we were able to raise more than $60,000 to support our work in the upcoming year. Highlights included Boston City Council President Michelle Wu proclaiming Saturday, September 9, 2017 "Tour de Streets Day" in the City of Boston and celebrating the one-year anniversary of our Greenway Partners Program with an Emerald Network cake! View photos from the event here and here. (Photo: TDM Photography)

Mount Hope / Canterbury Chosen for Neighborhood Slow Streets in Boston


We’re excited to share that the Mount Hope/Canterbury neighborhood in East Roslindale, home of the proposed American Legion Parkway, was chosen by the City of Boston for its Neighborhood Slow Streets Program for 2018. In July, the Boston Transportation Department announced five priority neighborhoods that will receive strategic improvements to slow down traffic and improve the quality of life on Boston’s local streets.

The American Legion Corridor Coalition’s application was chosen from among 47 applications. In it they cited that thirty-eight percent of all households in Mount Hope/Canterbury have children under 18, and that speeding from cut-through traffic makes it unsafe for people walking or riding bicycles. To learn more about the City’s Neighborhood Slow Streets Program, visit their
website. (Photo: Haley Safe Routes to School Walk, April 2017, American Legion Corridor Coalition)

Watertown to Receive $25 million for Infrastructure Improvements


Many of the Emerald Network’s key links in Watertown just got a big boost from the Commonwealth’s Infrastructure Investment Incentive Program (or I-Cubed). Greenway links like the Arsenal Park Connector will be prioritized for implementation along with additional improvements to the athenahealth campus area. Learn more about the funding and the proposed projects it will be used for here. (Photo: Watertown Farmers’ Market at the Arsenal on Charles, Nidhi Gulati)

Greenway Progress Along the Mystic River


There is lots of exciting progress to report along the Mystic River Watershed! This work is a collaborative effort between the Mystic River Watershed Association, DCR, private partners, and the surrounding municipalities.

Memorial Park Paths:
These recently completed, shared use paths along Route 16 are open for business! They connect Whole Foods Market to the Mystic River, Winthrop Street Community Gardens, and Condon Bandshell.

Clippership Connector:
Although this proposed waterfront path on the upper bank of the Mystic River is only a half-mile long, it will go the distance by connecting more than 10 miles of contiguous greenways and provide a safe and scenic route between Medford Square, Andrew/McGlynn Schools, and Riverbend Park. Thanks to a partnership grant from DCR and generous support from other private partners, the project is expected to be shovel ready by 2018.

Malden River Greenway:
A shared visioning process, led by the Mystic River Watershed Association for the cities of Medford, Everett, and Malden, is now complete. More than 100 people from these communities viewed the final presentation by Utile Design on October 4. View the full presentation here.

(Photo: Mystic River Greenways Progress

*NEW* Resource: Wayfinding Guide


Learn how wayfinding can help inform, engage, and attract people to greenways and other trails networks. We’ve created this free resource for anyone to use to bolster the visibility and use of urban greenway networks. View the Wayfinding Guide here.


Greenway Champion - Lisa Beatman


Our advocates are the heart and soul of the Emerald Network — showing up, speaking up, and rallying their friends and neighbors to the cause. This summer we profiled Greenway Partner Lisa Beatman of the American Legion Corridor Coalition. Learn how Lisa moved from passively complaining with neighbors to actively leading for change in her East Roslindale neighborhood. Read Lisa’s profile “Why I Won’t Take No". (Photo: Liana Genito)

Neponset River Trail


On a slightly overcast Saturday in late July, Dorchester’s Neponset Park was abuzz with activity. Children hovered by the splash pad and ice cream truck, while others checked out displays on local wildlife by the New England Aquarium and Mass Fisheries and Wildlife...

Continue reading to learn more about how land once occupied by scrap metal yards and towing companies became an active and welcoming destination for the people of Dorchester. (Photo: Neponset Riverfest, July 23, 2017, NepRWA on Flickr)


  • MassDOT released a full draft of their new Pedestrian Transportation Plan at the annual Moving Together conference last month. The public comment period is open until October 31st. View the plan and provide your feedback here.
  • Greenbuild International Expo, the largest event in the world focused on green building, is coming to Boston on November 8th. Join this exciting forum of green building professionals by registering for all or part of the event here.
  • Do you live, work, or play near Blessing of the Bay Park on the Somerville Waterfront? Take a few minutes to participate in the visioning survey to inform planning and design for this 5-acre park.
  • On December 5th, join LivableStreets for one of our most popular events of the year - StreetTalk 10-in-1! Hear 10 Pechakucha-style talks by some of the most innovative thinkers in the field of transportation. Your ticket is on us if you are a member! RSVP today!



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