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Neponset River Greenway Council Meeting

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Port Norfolk Yacht Club, 179 Walnut St., Dorchester, MA

Join us for our monthly meeting as we discuss progress of construction of the Neponset Trail and other issues along the Neponset River Greenway with staff from the Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation, which manages it, the police who patrol it, and concerned citizens. Our meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month at rotating locations in communities of the Lower Neponset.  The agenda is at

Future Greenway Council meetings

August 3, 2016        Foley Senior Residences, Mattapan
September 7, 2016  Milton Yacht Club, Milton
October 6, 2016       District E-18 Police Station, Hyde Park

November 2, 2016   Port Norfolk Yacht Club, Dorchester

Along the Trail:

Port Norfolk
     Port Norfolk Park was turned over to the DCR at the end of June. Although we probably won't be able to go into it for a while as the DCR makes sure it is complete and the grass grows in, we will have a walking tour around it before the start of our July 6 meeting at the Port Norfolk Yacht Club.

     A second public meeting on the reconstruction of Morrissey Blvd., which includes a significant segment of the Neponset Trail was supposed to happen in May, but no date has been publicized yet.  Supporters of green space along the highway and bicycle and pedestrian access need to attend this series of meetings.
     The segment from Victory Rd. north to Morrissey Blvd., which bypasses the Southeast Expressway exit ramp, is scheduled to be fully designed by the end of 2016, but the legislature needs to designate money to build it.
     The segment between Tenean Beach and Victory Rd. is owned by the Mass. Department of Transportation as frontage for the Southeast Expressway. Coordination between state agencies is still needed.

 The Harvest River Bridge which will carry the Neponset Trail bridge over the Neponset River was installed on June 30. The "missing mile" of the trail between Central Ave. in Milton and Blue Hill Ave. in Mattapan is scheculed to be complete by the end of the 2016 construction year. The Dorchester Reporter covered the installation.
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Construction has begun on a trail crossing of Blue Hill Parkway just south of Mattapan Square.
(Photo by Lee Toma)

Hyde Park

       The Hyde Park Neponset River Clean-up this year will be Saturday, September 24.  The planning meetings have already begun.  If anyone would like to be captain of one of this year’s clean-up sections (TBD) along the river, please let Martha McDonough know.  This will involve some pre-clean-up visits to that section and having input into what your needs will be as for supplies, equipment, and number of volunteers needed for that day.

Upcoming events
Saturday, July 23, 8:00 am-3:00 pm, Mattapan on Wheels
George H. Walker Playground, 528 Norfolk StreetBoston, MA, 02126

The Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition Vigorous Youth invites you to our 6th Mattapan on Wheels (MoW) biking event and celebration, a bike ride/tour of Mattapan and neighboring communities! During MoW, riders of all ages and skill levels come together, get physically active, and work to make Mattapan a more bike-friendly neighborhood.  In our 6th year we're expanding activities for non-bikers! Register here or at 8:00 am on the day of the event.

2016 Highlights:
Three biking routes for all levels
Non-biking activities for everyone
Vendors from local, small businesses

Join us as we celebrate our community, our biking partners and supporters, and each other!  After the ride, grab some food and join our partners at the 11th Annual Hoops and Scoops event!

Events Last Month

Sunday, June 16:
Girlz Roll Tour of Mattapan's Urban Wilds

From Walker Playground, Mildred Ave. at Norfolk St., we toured 7 of Mattapan's open spaces, which are larger and more wild than you might expect!
Here's Shavel'le Olivier hiking through the Gladeside Urban Wild, a few hundred feet from her house.
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Sunday, June 24:
Ice Cream Sunday Tour I

We investigated the indigenous ice creams of the Lower Neponset Valley from Fields Corner to Cleary Square and back. Sponsored by the Boston Bikes Advisory Group, this was the first of three monthly rides to ice cream.
Here's Dave Mabel, who founded Ice Cream Smith 40 years ago, dishing it out (though his kids now own the place).
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-Jessica Mink
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