Emerald Network -- 200 miles of seamless shared-use greenway paths connecting Boston and adjacent cities.

October 2019 Vol. 3 Issue 4



We are smack dab in the middle of fall, with lots of great opportunities to experience the Emerald Network! Read on to learn about upcoming events, and check out our Greenway Stories for some autumnal inspiration.

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Upcoming Opportunities to Experience the Network

Peter Holmgren

  • Various Dates, Southwest Corridor Extension Community WalksThe City of Boston is hosting Community Walks in neighborhoods that the Southwest Corridor Extension will be connecting through. Join Transportation Department staff at one of the four walks to share stories, experiences, and ideas related to walking and biking connectivity. Learn more about the walk on the City's calendar
  • November 3rd, Fall Colors Ride: Join Bike to the Sea for an end of season bike ride along the Everett Section of the Northern Strand. The ride will highlight progress being made along this stretch of the path. Learn more here.
  • November 13th, Guided Tree Tour of Esplanade: Come learn about the amazing tree species that help provide habitat for our park’s species, as well as shade and beautiful foliage in summer and fall. Walk along the Esplanade lagoons on a guided tour that will teach your family about the history of different tree and plant species and how to identify them. Learn more here!
  • November 14th, Bike to the Sea Annual MeetingJoin Bike to the Sea (B2C) for their annual meeting to connect and learn about upcoming things along the Northern Strand. Learn more here
  • December 10th, StreetTalk 10-in-1: Join us for our 9th annual StreetTalk 10-in-1! We will invite 10 innovative transportation and community thinkers from the Boston area, and across the country, to take the stage and share their big ideas. Attendees will enjoy 10 rapid-fire "TED"-style talks, with plenty of inspiration to be had. Register today!

Application for CPA Funds Submitted for DOT Greenway


OJB Landscape Architecture

This month, Greater Ashmont Main Street and other partners along the DotGreenway applied for Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds, in the hopes of gaining the funding to make the Greenway a reality. If approved, this funding will allow for crucial engineering services that will move the project forward. Learn more about the DOT Greenway here

Neponset River Greenway Named One of Great Places in America


Selmon Rafey

The Neponset River Greenway was recently named one of the Great Places in America by the American Planning Association. The construction of the Harvest Bridge (pictured above) allowed the Greenway connection to continue across the Neponset River linking Boston's Mattapan neighborhood to where the greenway continues on the other side of the river. Keep reading to learn more here.

Emerald Network at MassTrails Conference


Program Director Ambar Johnson will be speaking at this year's MassTrails Conference on November 2nd. The session will feature the Emerald Network and highlight how unlocking recreational trails as a safe, green transportation system for active transportation and accessible transit will benefit carless and environmental justice communities. Learn more here

Funding Secured for Beacon Street Bridleway Feasibility Study 


On October 16th, Brookline Representatives secured $50,000 in funding for the Beacon Street Bridleway to get a feasibility study. This feasibility study will evaluate the cost, as well as the practicality, of moving forward with the installation of this path. If implemented, this proposed multi-use path would run parallel to the C Line along the median of Beacon Street. Learn more here.



Featured Greenway: Roslindale Arboretum Gateway Path

Halvorson Design + Horsley Witten

The Roslindale Arboretum Gateway Path is part of a proposed 1.5-mile shared-use path that will connect the Roslindale Village business district and commuter rail station with Forest Hills station. When the path is complete, it will improve neighborhood access to open space and transit while also providing safe and convenient passage for people walking or bicycling. Keep reading to learn more...

Our Greenways in Fall

by Selmon Rafey

Selmon Rafey

Fall in Boston means a lot of different things. While it may be easy to dread shorter days, heavier jackets, and no more lunches outside, let’s take a step back and remind ourselves that fall is not just an omen of the long winter to come but also a time of renewal. We should do our best to focus on how autumn is, in many ways, a beginning - not an end. Keep reading to learn more...



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