Neponset Trail Extension: Walk & Meeting

Join Boston Natural Areas Network (BNAN) and MA Dept of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) for a walk of the planned Greenway Extension through Mattapan Station Weds, Sept 7th, 5:30 to 6:30 pm. The group will meet at the Mattapan Station Platform near the shed and walk to get a closer look at the plans for the Greenway around the station. They’ll look specifically at the area planned for the “canopy walk,” possible connection to the station, area south of the station where the trail is planned, as well as the proposed visitors center location on the square.
This is happening RAIN OR SHINE! Be prepared for a possibly muddy walk, wear boots, bring an umbrella.

The Neponset River Greenway Council meeting follows, Wed Sept 7, 2011
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Milton Yacht Club, 25 Wharf Street – Lower Mills/Milton Village.  All are welcome on the walk, and to the meeting.

Here is the link to the proposed Neponset Trail Extension, see Option B Revised on page 20 for the most up-to-date route proposal.


Neponset Trail Extension Public Meeting Aug 30

On Tuesday August 30, from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. at the Foley Senior Residences Dining Room, 249 River Street, Mattapan, the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will discuss, and solicit public input on, recommended alternative trail extension between Central Avenue in Milton and Blue Hill Avenue in Boston to link the Lower Neponset River Trail to the Neponset Esplanade.

Maps and plans available for viewing starting at 6:30 PM. Please help pass along this meeting notice especially to those who live in Mattapan and Milton, to help generate a sizeable community presence at this meeting that can provide feedback about this critical missing piece. If you have questions about the public meeting, please call 617-626-4974 or email DCR.


MyDotTour 2011 a success!

Posted August 25th, 2011 by rfoley and filed in Healthy Dorchester, Youth

Check back for all sorts of coverage of this great project here on this page over the next few weeks!

Chris Lovett interviews the MyDotTour project coordinator, Kate Balug:

Guided Tour Connects the Dot from Chris Lovett on Vimeo.



NOTE: Even though the youth-led walking tours of August 2011 are over, you can still take the tour – go to the MyDotTour website for more information.


earn a summer stipend with My Dot Tour!

Posted June 15th, 2011 by rfoley and filed in Opportunities, Youth

Newest activity by DEHC partner Fields Corner Collaborative – they are currently seeking summer interns for My Dot Tour 2011, a multimedia walking tour of Fields Corner’s past, present, and future led by local youth. The tour will need the help of tour guides (ages 14-18) to assist in developing content and choosing tour stops. This is a paid internship, participants will receive a stipend for 10 hours per week from July 5 to August 14. Auditions are at 4 p.m. on June 20 at 1452 Dorchester Avenue, 3rd Floor – Interested? RSVP to or by calling 617-855-TOUR, and prepare a 2-minute monologue to act or sing, and be ready to read from a script.
Please see this flyer for more details.


Dorchester Coast Greenway – update

The Dorchester Coast Greenway project involves a coalition of stakeholders – DotBike, Boston Natural Areas Network, Boston Cyclists Union, Dorchester Environmental Health Coalition, National Grid, local neighborhood associations, Mass Highway – working as a team to connect the existing Lower Neponset River Trail aka Neponset Greenway (which now peters out at Tenean Beach) and the Harbor Trail at UMass Boston. Completing this 1.5 mile “missing link” will provide a robust, safer and regionally accessible link to the Boston HarborWalk. At the June 2011 Neponset Greenway Council meeting, it was announced that the master plan study of this project, completed with input by local community residents by the Tufts University Urban & Environmental Policy & Planning Field Projects Team, is available online, click here to learn more!


what grade would you give the HarborWalk in Dorchester?

Posted May 18th, 2011 by rfoley and filed in Greening Dorchester

(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.


MyDot Tour 2011

Posted April 12th, 2011 by rfoley and filed in Move Dorchester

DEHC is once again part of the Fields Corner Collaborative’s (FCC) program to bring a multimedia tour to Dorchester. This Saturday April 30th, from 11AM to 1PM, FCC is hosting a kite flight at Town Field (corner of Dorchester Ave. and Park St.) in Fields Corner.

Come fly a kite with a collection of Fields Corner stories on its tail! The kites will have tails made from scraps of cloth embellished with people’s “tales” of Fields Corner. Submit a story this week to add to the tails at the Fields Corner Branch Library or at Funtea Cafe, at 1472 Dorchester Ave. There also will be video story booth to record your stories. Please spread the word & hope to see you there!
Visit the new My Dot Tour website for more details on this project!


Dorchester Coast Trail – your input requested

Posted February 25th, 2011 by rfoley and filed in Move Dorchester

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:

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!


Feb 17 Complete Streets StreetTalk

Posted January 11th, 2011 by rfoley and filed in Move Dorchester

There is a LivableStreets Alliance StreetTalk “How is Boston Completing its Streets?” with Vineet Gupta, Transportation Planning Director, City of Boston on Thursday, February 17, 7-9 PM.  (This was originally scheduled for Jan. 12 but rescheduled due to snow.)

@ LivableStreets office, 100 Sidney St, Cambridge MA
Open to the public. $5-$10 suggested donation

From the LivableStreets website:   Mayor Menino has told us, “The car is no longer king in Boston.” Is a new wave of urban planning upon us? Boston is ready to put pedestrians, bicyclists and transit users on equal footing with drivers and promote a vision of streets which are safe, attractive and conducive to healthy, active transportation. What would you do to make Boston’s streets more livable, safe and accessible?

In 2003, a coalition of national advocates coined the phrase “Complete Streets” as a way to better communicate the inclusion of bicycles in everyday transportation planning to government officials and the general public. Today, the movement has grown more powerful than just the accommodation of bicycles and has been adopted in more than 200 Complete Streets policies across the U.S, including Boston! See the LivableStreets website for more on this talk.


snow removal: thank you for shoveling!

Posted January 7th, 2011 by rfoley and filed in Move Dorchester

view looking westWalking on Dorchester’s sidewalks is thankfully much improved this winter, probably due to word getting out about regulations that require cleared sidewalks and fines you could get within a few hours of a snowstorm’s end.
To help get the word out even more, here is a link to the City of Boston’s Winter Weather Facts 2010-2011 brochure which is chock full of all sorts of valuable information, plus a link to the city’s “Know Snow” web page where you can report online about unshoveled snow.  Happy Shoveling!