Neponset River Greenway Council Meeting
Wednesday, June 1, 2016 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Hyde Park Police Station, 1249 Hyde Park Ave., Hyde Park, MA
Join us for our monthly meeting as we discuss progress of construction of the Neponset Trail and other issues along the Neponset River Greenway with staff from the Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation, which manages it, the police who patrol it, and concerned citizens. Our meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month at rotating locations in communities of the Lower Neponset. The agenda is at
Future Greenway Council meetings
July 6, 2016 Port Norfolk Yacht Club, Dorchester
August 3, 2016 Foley Senior Residences, Mattapan
September 7, 2016 Milton Yacht Club, Milton
October 6, 2016 District E-18 Police Station, Hyde Park
Along the Trail:
A second public meeting on the reconstruction of Morrissey Blvd., which includes a significant segment of the Neponset Trail was supposed to happen in May, but no date has been publicized yet. Supporters of green space along the highway and bicycle and pedestrian access need to attend this series of meetings.
The segment from Victory Rd. north to Morrissey Blvd is scheduled to be fully designed by the end of 2016, but the legislature needs to designate money to build it.
The segment between Tenean Beach and Victory Rd. is owned by the Mass. Department of Transportation as frontage for the Southeast Expressway. Coordination between state agencies is still needed.
Port Norfolk Park should be completed before the end of June. Although we probably won't be able to go into it for a few more months as the grass grows in, we hope to have a walking tour around it before the start of our July 6 meeting at the Port Norfolk Yacht Club.
All of the major components of the Neponset Trail bridge over the Neponset River should be on-site now. A bridge installation date is awaited, but construction of the missing mile should be completed by the end of 2016.
The winning team for development of the Mattapan Station parking lot, Nuestra and POAH, presented their proposal at the April Greenway Council meeting. The Dorchester Reporter noted their selection. It would be nice if the developers could contribute to safety measures near Mattapan Station.
Construction has begun on a trail crossing of Blue Hill Parkway just south of Mattapan Square.
(Photo by Bike Milton)
The Camp Meigs State Historic
Site got new interpretative signs in a ceremony on Memorial Day weekend.
(Click on image for more pictures)
The Hyde Park Neponset River Clean-up this year will be Saturday, Sept 24. We have already begun the planning meetings. If anyone would like to be captain of one of this year’s clean-up sections (TBD) along the river, please let Martha McDonough know. This will involve some pre-clean-up visits to that section during May/June and having input into what your needs will be as for supplies, equipment, and number of volunteers needed for that day.
Sunday, June 12, 1:00 pm, Girlz Roll Tour of Mattapan's Urban Wilds
Meet at Walker Playground, Mildred Ave. at Norfolk St. for a tour of Mattapan's open spaces, which are larger and more wild than you might expect!
Sunday, June 24, 1:00 pm Ice Cream Sunday Tour I
Meet at Tenean Beach in Port Norfolk for a foray into the indegenous ice creams of the Lower Neponset Valley from Neponset Circle to Cleary Square and back for a nip of chocolate at Phillips Candy House. Sponsored by the Boston Bikes Advisory Group, this is the first of three monthly rides to ice cream.