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Neponset River Greenway Council Meeting

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm
District E-18 Police Station, 1249 Hyde Park Ave., Hyde Park, 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. This month, we're meeting outdoors in Pope John Paul II Park under the gazebo at the main entrance to Pope John Paul Park next to Walgreens entrance . Our meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month at rotating locations in communities of the Lower Neponset.  Follow us on Facebook. 
The agenda is at

Future Greenway Council meetings
August 2, 2017        Foley Senior Residences, Mattapan
September 6, 2017  Milton Yacht Club, Milton

October 4, 2017       District E-18 Police Station, Hyde Park
November 1, 2017    Somewhere in Dorchester

Along the Trail:

DCR Presents Design for Morrissey Blvd. Including Neponset Trail
On Tuesday, June 27, the Department of Conservation and Recreation presented their 25% design plans for the reconstruction of Morrissey Blvd. between Neponset Circle and Kosciuszko Circle. This includes the Neponset Circle between Freeport St. and UMass/Boston. The “Middle” segment, which includes the Neponset Trail, is most vulnerable to flooding conditions and is funded first for construction.
Here is a good article on the proposed design and the meeting in the Dorchester Reporter.
Here's a PDF file of the DCR presentation.
You can comment on this 25% design phase through July 18.

Inter-Neighborhood Ride Series
A group of bicyclists in diverse neighborhoods of Boston have been planning rides in each of those neighborhoods. Rain dates are in parentheses.
Keep track of these rides on Facebook.
Quincy: Saturday, July 8th (Sunday, July 9th if rain)
    9:00am - Start at Quincy City Hall
    Let's ride together! The Historic Quincy ride will begin at 9am at Quincy City Hall.
    Our convoy will have 3 meet-up locations along the Neponset Trail and we will cross
     over the Hancock St bridge together:
     7:45AM - Mattapan Station/ Neponset Trail 
     8:15AM - Milton T Station/ Extra-Storage Lot
     8:30AM - PJP II Park (Main Entrance - near flags/playground)
     Please be prompt, as each leg of the convoy will not depart until the other has
     shown up!

Dorchester: Saturday, August 5th (Sun. August 6) at 10:30
   Start at Ashmont Cycles
Mattapan: Saturday, September 23rd (Sat. September 30) 1pm
   Start at Mattapan T Station

Geology Tour of The Trustees Signal Hill Reservation in Canton
On Saturday July 8, 2017 from 2:00-3:00 pm, join long time NepRWA board member, and The Trustees volunteer, Les Tyrala, registered geologist, for a co-sponsored tour with the Neponset River Watershed Association at the Trustees Signal Hill Reservation in Canton.
Click here for more information and to register.

Mattapan on Wheels 7th Annual Bike-a-thon

On Saturday,July 22, 2017, from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, at Walker Playground at Norfolk Park, 528 Norfolk Street, Mattapan, MA 02126, the Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition Vigorous Youth invites you to our 7th Mattapan on Wheels (MoW) Bike-a-thon! This year we will be biking on the newly completed Neponset Trail! During MoW, riders of all ages and skill levels come together, get physically active and work to make Mattapan a more bike-friendly neighborhood. After the ride, grab some food and join our partners at the 12th Annual Hoops and Scoops event
Click here for more information and to register.

The rain date is Saturday, July 29, 2017.

Neponset RiverFest
On Saturday, July 22, 2017, from 10am-2pm at the Department of Conservation and Recreation Neponset Park in Dorchester. Enter by car from Hilltop St. or by foot or bike from the Neponset Trail east from Granite Ave.
Follow this link to directions and a list of activities.
It's sponsored by the Neponset River Watershed Association, Department of Conservation and Recreation, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Milton, Cedar Grove Civic Association, Dorchester Reporter, DOT Smiles, Paddle Boston, and Whole Foods.

-Jessica Mink (who took the photos)

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