The 200-mile Emerald Network vision builds off a portfolio of 100 miles of existing greenways, 30 miles of greenways in-progress and 70 miles of proposed new links.
The in-progress portions of the Emerald Network have funding in place or are currently under construction. LivableStreets provides support to these projects by writing comment letters, activating community support at public meetings, connecting local activists to allies, and collaborating with municipalities and agencies. Click on any map below to enlarge.
Greenway Partners Program
To support the completion of the 200-mile Emerald Network, the Greenway Partners Program is providing 4 community partners with capacity-building aid to advance proposed greenway projects.
Through the program, LivableStreets provides technical assistance to each of the four partners. The support is customized to fit the unique opportunities and challenges posed by each community, and includes a mix of encouraging community engagement, developing design concepts, commissioning feasibility studies, hosting community workshops, and building public and political support. Read on below to learn more about each of our current partners and our priority public projects.
1. Arsenal Park Connector
The Arsenal Park Connector will close the gap between the end of the Watertown Spur and the Paul Dudley White Path along the Charles River thorough Arsenal Park. View the Watertown Regional Connections map on our resources page.
The Watertown Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee works to improve biking and walking alternatives for commuting and recreation. Officially commissioned by the Town of Watertown in 1995, the Committee is composed of volunteer residents appointed by the Town Manager.
2. Arboretum Gateway Path
The Arboretum Gateway Path will connect a large section of the community to the surrounding Arnold Arboretum and Forest Hills MBTA Station, through the Blackwell Path. Additionally, the path will create low cost mobility options for people between the Roslindale Commuter Rail Station and Forest Hills Station. Read the summary report for the project on our resources page.
Partner: WalkUp Roslindale
WalkUp Roslindale is made up of residents who live or work in, or simply care about Roslindale and wish to make it the most pedestrian-friendly neighborhood in the City of Boston. They envision Roslindale as a safe, pleasant, and beautiful place to walk, gather, and interact. Their approach to improving the human environment is comprehensive and holistic: development, design, infrastructure, culture, social norms, and law enforcement. Although their main focus is on pedestrian access, they are keen to improve the neighborhood for bikes, other non-motorized forms of transportation, as well as mass transit.
3. American Legion Greenway
The American Legion Greenway envisions a transformation of the American Legion Highway that connects the various public and semi-public green infrastructure segments and open spaces along it. The greenway would also create a critical north-south route for non-motorized modes of transportation.
Partner: The American Legion Corridor Coalition
The American Legion Corridor Coalition is a coalition of residents, community nonprofit organizations, parents, teachers, and businesses along the American Legion Highway/Parkway including several adjacent pocket neighborhoods. The coalition spans five of Boston's 'towns', from Dorchester to Hyde Park.
4. Fairmount to Riverwood Greenway
The Fairmount to Riverwood Greenway will connect the Fairmount Commuter Rail Station to the Riverwood Shopping Center and fill a gap in green infrastructure along the northern edge of the Neponset River.
Formed in 2001 by concerned residents, the Southwest Boston Community Development Corporation serves the communities of Hyde Park and Roslindale by preserving affordable housing and promoting economic development. In Hyde Park, it has focused on transit-oriented development, targeting vacant and underutilized lots near the Fairmount/Indigo MBTA Commuter Rail Line. The Southwest Boston CDC is also focused on community organization and leadership development of adults and youth. Its Green Team program addresses multiple needs, by training youth in leadership skills as well as participating in urban green space restoration.
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