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.