In a major disappointment to state officials and community activists, the US Department of Transportation has passed over a grant application from the state's Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to fund the expansion of the Neponset Greenway. The decision could further delay the completion of key elements of the popular Greenway trail, including two bridges in Mattapan that are considered essential to safely navigate a missing link of the trail in that part of Boston. Another key missing link on the trail in Dorchester near the landmark rainbow gas tank was also included in the grant application.
The US Department of Transportation announced the winners of its national TIGER III grant awards on Thursday, months ahead of schedule. The DCR had submitted its application seeking $10 million for the Neponset Greenway project in October and the timeline from the federal agency called for a decision in April 2012. Read more
A state proposal to build out several missing links in an existing waterfront trail from South Boston to the Blue Hills has been sent to Washington D.C. authorities— whose decision on whether to fund the project will likely make or break the long-awaited project.
The state’s Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) filed its 26 page application on Monday— the deadline day for the latest round of so-called TIGER grants issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation. DCR hopes that the federal agency will award the state some $13 million to complete the Neponset Greenway corridor, which stretches from Commercial Point in Dorchester to the Blue Hills in Milton. The exisitng multi-use trail along the Neponset River and Dorchester Bay is already a hit with bicyclists, walkers and families— but there remain some key stretches of the trail that have never been completed in Milton, Mattapan and Dorchester. Read more
The long process of mapping out a “missing link” on the Neponset Greenway between Mattapan Square and Lower Mills has been frustrating at times. There are still some serious hurdles to clear before actual work can begin on the riverside trail that is already such a popular amenity in Dorchester.
But if residents and merchants stay focused — and make it clear to state officials that getting this Greenway connection done in a timely fashion in a top priority— there is no reason why the trail can’t be ready soon for recreation use, maybe even by this time next year. Read more
As officials with the MBTA and the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) seek a safe design for a new mile-and-a-half extension of the Neponset Greenway through Mattapan and Milton, records show that few accidents have occurred in the area about which they have expressed concerns.
The DCR has overseen a lengthy community process for a long-awaited extension of the rivserside trail, which would connect an existing path from Pope John Paul II Park to a separate trail in Hyde Park. A gap currently exists, and the trail now stops at Central Ave. in Milton. Read more
The news this week that the MBTA has come out against a plan to route the next phase of the Neponset Greenway though its property in Mattapan Square is a deep disappointment for proponents of the Greenway and a potentially huge setback in the decades-long fight to restore the Neponset River to public access. If allowed to stand, the T’s unwillingness to allow a grade crossing to route the trail through its property could derail this project, an outcome with long-term negative implications on both sides of the river. Read more
Jun. 7, 2011
(Updated, June 8, 4:45 p.m.) — The expansion of the popular Neponset Greenway trail hit a potentially fatal roadblock this week as two state agencies stood at odds over the creation of a grade crossing at the Mattapan Square T station that is essential to the trail's construction under current plans.
The state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is attempting to extend the Greenway trail by one mile to connect the riverside path from Pope John Paul II Park to another state trail along a parkway in Hyde Park. The trail currently ends at Central Avenue in Milton. Read more
Sep. 20, 2010
The state's Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has begun resurfacing a section of the Neponset River Greenway this morning that will leave the section of pathway between Butler Street and Granite Avenue be closed for the next three days. Bicyclists, pedestrians, and other pathway users are asked to find alternate routes.The pathway will re-open on Thursday. Read more
A multi-use path along the Neponset River will not go through Milton’s Capen Street neighborhood under an agreement a state senator says he has reached with the state’s Department of Conservation and Recreation. The agency is weighing several ways to connect Pope John Paul II Park to the Hyde Park neighborhood, and Milton’s Central Ave. to Mattapan Square, since the trail currently runs 2.5 miles from Pope John Paul II Park to Central Ave. Read more
Jul. 29, 2010
It was a site to behold: A group of close to 50 people, many swatting at mosquitoes, brushing off leaves and twigs, and picking prickly seeds from their clothes stumbled out of the brush and back into civilization along River Street in Mattapan. This was the scene last Thursday as officials from the state’s Department of Conservation and Recreation’s led a walking tour for a planned one mile extension of the Neponset Greenway, the popular riverside recreation trail that currently ends at Milton’s Central Ave. Read more
May. 20, 2010
The state Department of Conservation and Recreation unveiled five proposals aimed at extending a path along the Neponset River from Milton’s Central Avenue to Mattapan Square this week. The proposed one-mile extension will connect Pope John Paul II Park, a 72-acre area between the expressway and the Neponset River marshes, to the Neponset Valley Parkway in the Hyde Park neighborhood. Currently, the 2.5-mile trail links Pope John Paul II Park to Central Ave. Read more