(Maybe you didn’t even know there was a HarborWalk in Dorchester?) The Boston Harbor Association is coordinating a “Grading the HarborWalk Day” where the community is invited to evaluate individual segments of the 39-mile HarborWalk by neighborhood this Saturday, 21 May 2011, from 10 AM to 2 PM.
Portions of this important public amenity that ensures that the edge of Boston Harbor/Dorchester Bay remain publicly accessible are found in Charlestown, Dorchester, Downtown, East Boston, North End and South Boston – community residents are invited to participate in the first-ever, citywide effort to to explore and evaluate existing HarborWalk conditions in your neighborhood and provide valuable information for future planning efforts.
Choose the section of HarborWalk to evaluate, from one to five miles in length, and TBHA will provide maps and a survey form. After the evaluation process, TBHA will compile the data into a report to be shared with waterfront property owners and public officials. TBHA encourages community-gathered images of what is discovered during the evaluation walk (or bike ride!) and will provide disposable cameras to those who need them.
For further information and to sign-up to participate please email The Boston Harbor Association or call 617-482-1722.
Momentum for Dorchester’s main off-road biking path – the Dorchester Coast Trail (aka “The Missing Link” connecting the Neponset Greenway in Port Norfolk to the Harborwalk at UMass Boston, see DotBike’s white paper here) – is moving forward with a new research project by a team of Tufts University graduate students in Urban and Environmental Planning. They are assisting the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) in creating a Master Plan for bicycle, pedestrian and recreational access between the end of the Neponset River Trail in Port Norfolk and the Harborwalk at UMass Boston. The Tufts University team is collecting public input at a community meeting on Saturday March 26, 10 AM, at the Port Norfolk Yacht Club.
To help the Tufts team gather information as quickly as possible, we are asking Dorchester residents to please complete a short online survey (less than 10 minutes), and share the survey link with friends and neighbors: http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22BWEC6WEH4
For several years DEHC has been working with a community-based initiative to push for completing this regional link for commuters and recreational users of the Neponset Greenway’s off-road biking and walking path to UMass Boston and, ultimately, downtown Boston. The image above shows a particularly dangerous part of the current on-road section. Click on the image for a short article in the Feb 26, 2009 Dorchester Reporter. If you are interested in finding out more about this project please contact us at 617-474-1478!