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Neponset River Greenway Council Meeting

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Foley Senior Residences, 249 River St., Mattapan, 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
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
December 7, 2016   Foley Senior Residences, Mattapan

Along the Trail:

Port Norfolk
Port Norfolk Park was turned over to the DCR at the end of June, although we won't be able to go into it for a while as the DCR makes sure it is complete and the grass grows in. (Photo by Jessica Mink)

The Greenway Council took a walking tour around the park before the start of our July 6 meeting at the Port Norfolk Yacht Club. (Photo by Lee Toma)

     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, and we're hoping for one in August, though no date has been set 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.


Newly paved portion of the Neponset TrailSome of the trail has been paved between the Harvest River Bridge and the Canopy Bridge new Ryan Playground! (Photo by Vivian Ortiz)


Mattapan on Wheels long ride participantsOn Saturday, July 23, over a hundred cyclists gathered in Walker Playground for three rides to the Harbor and back. Thanks to Shavel'le and the Vigorous Youth for organizing the SIXTH annual ride! Here is the group that road to Nut Island in Quincy and back. (Photo from the organizers)

Construction has begun on a trail crossing of Blue Hill Parkway just south of Mattapan Square.

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.

Other Upcoming events

Beach Days!
  • Saturday, August 6: Tenean Beach Day 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Saturday, August 6: Slow Roll to Tenean Beach
    11:00 am Mattapan Station, Noon: Bowdoin Bike School, Codman Square
  • Saturday, August 13: Dorchester Beach Festival
    Noon­ to 4:00 pm, Malibu Beach, Dorchester
  • Sunday, August 21: Slow Roll to Carson Beach
    2:00 pm, Bowdoin Bike School, Codman Square
  • Sunday, August 28: Slow Roll to Castle Island
    2:00 pm, Bowdoin Bike School, Codman Square
DCR Movie Nights!
All Movies Begin at Dusk!
  • Thursday August 4: Pope John Paul II Park, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"
  • Tuesday August 9: Martini Shell, "The Good Dinosaur"
  • Thursday August 11: Pope John Paul II Park, "The Good Dinosaur"
  • Tuesday August 16: Martini Shell, "Jurassic World"
  • Thursday August 18: Pope John Paul II Park, "Jurassic World"
  • Tuesday August 23: Martini Shell, "Up"
  • Thursday August 25: Pope John Paul II Park, "Up"
  • Tuesday August 30: Martini Shell, "Ant Man"

-Jessica Mink
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