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Neponset River Greenway

In 1995, Boston Natural Areas Network started the Greenways to Boston Harbor program - working with community residents and public officials to create the Neponset River and East Boston Greenways. The Neponset River Greenway connects Urban Wilds, existing and proposed parkland, stretching across the Boston neighborhoods of Hyde Park, Mattapan and Dorchester and the Town of Milton.

The Neponset River Greenway, which includes eleven urban wilds, will be a ten mile pedestrian/bike trail from the mouth of the Neponset River to the 894-acre Fowl Meadows at the city limits. The Greenway will also connect to the 5,800-acre Blue Hills Reservation, thus providing access to the largest open space within thirty-five miles of Boston. The Greenway is at the heart of the MDC Neponset Reservation and will provide a direct connection from the mouth of the Neponset River to Harborwalk, which continues north along the MDC's Dorchester Shores Reservation, including the Dorchester and South Boston beaches to Castle Island, a park with a commanding view of Boston Harbor.

The Neponset River Greenway Council has provided the vision for the Greenway and the planning for its many public programs. The Council meets monthly to enable residents to have a voice in how the Greenway is being developed. Additional participants are always welcome. Contact BNAN for more information.

There is a variety of environmental opportunities through the Young Explorers, the Youth Conservation Corps, and others Events. Starting in June each year, the Neponset River Greenway Festival includes nearly 30 activities-canoeing, movies, dancing, hiking, music, and fireworks.

BNAN's new City Natives Nursery is located along the Neponset River Greenway in Mattapan.



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