Summer 2015

The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has hired the Halvorson Company to continue the work on the Charlesgate Greenway. The designers will be asked to develop three design alternatives starting with the original Halvorson / Alta design commissioned by the Solomon Foundation in 2012. The first public meeting is expected in the fall of 2015. This project will be shovel ready by 2016. Design budget: $200,000. See article: Path To Connect River & Bowker

Construction is finishing up 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


Construction ofGreenough Greenway began in July and is expected to be completed in the spring when the new plantings go in. Fund raising continues for the last 1500 feet of shore path. See side bar.

Greenough Greenway

Thanks to generous support from the state, three foundations, and numerous individuals, our DCR partnership project to narrow Greenough Boulevard and create a mile-long treelined path is under construction and should be completed by May of 2016. 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. As part of this riverfront transformation, new monuments marking the finish line of the Head of the Charles will be set on either shore.

Hells Half Acre

The City of Cambridge voted in September to allocate $90,000 from their 2015 Community Preservation Fund to complete the final 1500’ of the greenway path. This piece which will circle around Hells Half Acre, the last substantial marsh in the Charles River Basin. In addition the funds will allow 2-1/2 acres of riparian woodlands next to the marsh to be improved. This generous contribution will be matched and more funds raised by fall to a meet the budget we hope. The so called Boat House Path will transform a narrow and overgrown “goat trail” into an eight foot wide soft surface path with select views to the marsh and river. This will be one of the few places in the city to experience the natural world up close. It will be a prime location to watch crews navigate the last bend in the Head of the Charles Regatta, the largest two day rowing event in the world.

Cambridge Cemetery link

In addition, there is a plan to add 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. This treelined path, will meander through two cemeteries and up tree-lined Aberdeen Avenue to Fresh Pond and serve the residents of West Cambridge, Watertown, and Belmont. This last element, costing between $50,000 and $75,000, is unfunded at this time.

For more information contact Herb Nolan at or by calling at (781) 431-1440


All donations to the Greenough Greenway Project are tax-deductible. Checks should be made out to The Esplanade Association, our fiscal agent, and sent to the attention of Tani Marinovich, The Esplanade Association, 376 Boylston Street, Suite 503, Boston MA 02116.