Friday, April 29, 2016


Along the entire length of Boston's Emerald Necklace corridor - from the Back Bay Fens to Franklin Park - projects are being planned or are underway that will restore Frederick Law Olmsted's linear park landscape and improve recreational and commuter access. This collection of links provides access to meeting presentations, detailed descriptions of projects, advocacy efforts and sources of additional information.

Muddy River Restoration Project
A flood control and habitat restoration effort underway in the Fens by the Army Corps of Engineers
Muddy River Maintenance and Management Oversight Committee
Army Corps of Engineers project site

Emerald Necklace Conservancy
On going advocacy and public/private partnerships throughout the corridor
Emerald Necklace Conservancy
Olmsted Tree Society efforts

Bicycle facilities on the Arborway
A complex series of challenges being met with ambitious plans
Narrative description of project at ArborwayMatters
Public meeting presentation (PDF)
Centre Street reconfiguration from VFW to Murray Circle Rotary (presentation pdf)

Route 9 Crosswalk in Brookline
After years of advocacy, the Town of Brookline has begun construction of a new crosswalk between Leverett Pond and River Street that will fix a dangerous missing link for pedestrians and cyclists using the corridor for recreation and commuting.
Media write-up with maps

Jamaica Pond - Perkins/Parkman intersection improvements
Safety and access enhancements for a notoriously dangerous intersection.

Meeting presentation (PDF)

Arboretum Crosswalk improvements at Hunnewell Gate 
Efforts are underway to improve safety.
Presentation (PDF)


Casey Arborway Project
Demolition of the old overpass is complete and construction underway for a newly reconfigured surface grid of roads, bike paths and sidewalks.
Project website with construction look-aheads
Many benefits of the project detailed at ArborwayMatters

Proposed Roslindale Gateway Path 
WalkUP Roslindale and Livable Streets Alliance have proposed a new path between Rozzie Square and Forest Hills along the rail right of way and Aboretum edge. The plan has recieved strong community backing.
WalkUP Roslindale
Meeting presentation with maps (PDF)

Hazardous Tree removal and replanting on the DCR parkways
DCR tree news (pdf)

Olmsted 2022 and Friends of Jamaica Pond

Allandale Woods
Friends of Allandale Woods
BRA and Developer material

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