The Solomon Foundation champions Greater Boston's irreplaceable parks and greenways, and their unique contribution to the quality of urban life. Our mission: to cultivate innovative projects that enhance the beauty, utility, and accessibility of our major public parks and greenways.
From the beginning in 2005 we have prided ourselves in our ability to frame visionary yet practical projects that can inspire support and get built. Each project requires its own partnership approach. There are times when we join other non- profits in advocating for government action and then support our park agencies in moving forward. There are other times when we lead in the design and funding of a new park project. In every case we work in close partnership with like minded leaders inside and outside of government.
Recently we have sought to unlock new parkland in the heart of the city by rolling back overly wide or abandoned roadways. Repurposing outmoded infrastructure to make the city a greener and more livable place is a growing area of interest. If you have experience doing this we would love to hear from you.
The Boston Courant | A new pathway is in the works that would connect the Charles River Basin to the Emerald Necklace. The trail would start at the southern end of the Bowker Overpass, cross Common-wealth Avenue and ...Read More
WickedLocal.com | A newly started project aims to boost the beauty along the Charles River and make it accessible to more people than ever before. Several different groups have come together to improve...Read More
By reducing the width of an overbuilt road from the 1960s, the Greenough Greenway Project will carve out room for a mile long river park with a treelined path, wildflower meadows, and park seating overlooking one of the prettiest bends in the Charles River. It will also reclaim the last fragment of marshland along the Charles and unlock a new walking path between Fresh Pond and the river. Tens of thousands of residents and worker in Allston / Brighton, Cambridge, and Watertown will have better access to the river and one of the best 5k recreational loops in Greater Boston.
A DCR press release on January 5th (see link) announced the funding and implementation of the Greenough Greenway project. The project will be put out to bid early in 2015 with a ground breaking in the early spring. Two key elements remain to be funded: the Boat House Path around the marsh and the missing link in the Pond to River walk. The Boat House Path wraps around the largest remaining fragment of marshland in the Charles River Basin. The addition of a short path and new east gate to the Cambridge Cemetery would make possible a largely off road tree lined walk between the river and Fresh Pond. Both projects can be seen here.
Please view our seven minute video titled Fixing Greenough Boulevard to learn more or go to the project web page to review the background information.
Please consider a donation to this transformative project. This link will take you to the donation page of our fiscal agent, The Esplanade Association:
Please note that the donations to the Greenough Greenway Project are tax-deductible. Checks should be made out to The Esplanade Association, our fiscal agent for this project, and sent to the attention of Tani Marinovich, The Esplanade Association, 376 Boylston Street, Suite 503, Boston MA 02116.