Spring 2015

The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is hiring a design team for phase one of the Charlesgate Greenway by May 8th. The designers will be asked to develop three design alternatives starting with the original Halvorson / Alta design commissioned by the Solomon Foundation in 2012. This project will be shovel ready by 2016. Design budget: $200,000. See article: Path To Connect River & Bowker

Construction continues this spring on the Watertown Riverfront Park. Highlights of the work so far include a broad new river walk, shoreline overlooks, and the play space for visually impaired kids by Mitch Ryerson. A ribbon cutting will occur in the fall. See article: Perkins joins groundbreaking for accessible trail


Greenough Greenway is going out to bid in April and should be under construction in late spring. A groundbreaking is tentatively scheduled for May 21st with most of the work to be completed this year. Fund raising continues for the last 1500 feet of shore path. See side bar.

Project Update - Boat House Path:

We are happy to report that our joint Greenough Greenway Project with the DCR - a plan to narrow an overbuilt roadway and create a mile-long treelined path along the Charles River - is going out to bid in April and starting construction in May. View our seven minute video titled Fixing Greenough Boulevard or go to the project web page to learn more about this transformative project on the Charles River.

Still waiting to be funded is the final 1500’ of the greenway which circles around the last substantial marsh in the Charles River Basin and links across the street to the Cambridge Cemetery. It is fully designed and shovel ready. The 1500’ Boat House Path will transform a narrow and overgrown “goat path” into an eight foot wide soft surface path with selectively cleared views to the marsh and to the river. This will be one of the few places to experience the natural world up close in the heart of the city. It will also be a prime location to watch crews navigate the last bend in the Head of the Charles, the largest two day rowing event in the world. As part of the greenway project the crude finish line markers for the regatta will be replaced with new monuments.

In addition to the Boat House Path, adding a short pathway and new eastern gateway to Cambridge Cemetery will unlock the potential of a mile-long pedestrian path between Charles River and Fresh Pond. The path will meander through two cemeteries and up tree-lined Aberdeen Avenue to Fresh Pond. It will be used primarily by residents from West Cambridge neighborhoods and by students walking to local schools.

Funding efforts for this final segment of Greenough Greenway are underway this spring and summer. Once we close the gap we will negotiate with the contractor to do this work this fall if possible.

Please consider a donation to this transformative project.


All 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.