GreenRoutes Coalition / Greenway Links Initiative

The Boston area has a legacy of well-known greenways dating back more than a century that link our rivers, harbor, and parks. Following the visionary plans of Frederick Law Olmsted and Charles Eliot, areas such as the Esplanade, Emerald Necklace, and the Parkway system transformed long-neglected waterways into pleasant recreational and travel corridors. Not only did they attract people who traveled along the new paths, but they also prompted the creation of cultural institutions, improved the adjacent neighborhoods, and catalyzed economic development. This process has repeated itself in recent years in the Somerville Community Path, the Southwest Corridor, the Harborwalk and more.

I) The regional GreenRoutes Coalition focuses on state (and federal) policy advocacy and coordination among the many groups in the expansive metro area working on non-motorized infrastructure for walking, hiking, running, bicycling, and skating.

II) The Greenway Links Initiative focuses on promoting priority projects in the “urban core” between the Mystic, Charles, and Neponset rivers in order to create a seamless network of non-motorized recreational and transportation corridors suitable for people of all ages and abilities. 

See results of 2014 Greenway Links Charrette here >>>

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