The Neponset River Greenway connects Boston Urban Wilds, existing and proposed parkland stretching across the Cityís neighborhoods of Hyde Park, Mattapan and Dorchester and the Town of Milton. When complete, the Neponset River Greenway, which includes eleven urban wilds, will be a ten mile pedestrian/bike trail from the mouth of the Neponset River to the 894-acre Fowl Meadows at the city limits. The Greenway will also connect to the 5,800-acre Blue Hills Reservation, thus providing access to the largest open space within thirty-five miles of Boston.
The Greenway is at the heart of the MA Department of Conservation and Recreationís Neponset Reservation and will provide a direct connection from the mouth of the Neponset River to Harborwalk, which continues north along the DCR's Dorchester Shores Reservation, including the Dorchester and South Boston beaches to Castle Island, a park with a commanding view of Boston Harbor.
Download BNANís "The Recycled Park: The Environmental Evolution of Pope John Paul II Park, Dorchester, Massachusetts" brochure (in pdf format).
The Neponset River Greenway Council, convened by BNAN in 1995 and continually receiving staff support from BNAN, has provided the vision for the Greenway and the planning for its many public programs. The Council meets monthly to enable residents to have a voice in how the Greenway is being developed. The Council, BNAN and MA DCR have formed a productive collaboration to support the planning, design, construction and stewardship of the Neponset River Greenway. Additional participants are always welcome.
Governor Patrick Commits to Finishing Neponset Greenway!
In June 2013, Governor Deval Patrick announced that his administration will fund the $1.9 million needed for designing the completion of the Neponset River Greenway. The Patrick administration also stated that the state Department of Transportation is committed to funding the completion of the project, which is expected to cost between $11 million and $15 million.
Thank you so much to Governor Patrick, EOEEA Secretary Sullivan, DCR Commissioner Lambert, all the Neponset elected officials, the members of the Neponset River Greenway Council and the many residents who have over the past 20 years advocated for the Neponset River Greenway which will, upon completion, provide a 15-mile bicycle/walking path from the Blue Hills to Boston Harbor for all to enjoy. Click here to read complete story.
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