Create a Fairmount Greenway

Create a Fairmount Greenway

The Fairmount neighborhoods should benefit from the same level of community green space providing recreational and environmental benefits that many other Boston neighborhoods enjoy. The Collaborative works with a number of partner organizations in the Fairmount Greenway Task Force to plan how to create that green space in the Corridor. Over 400 residents, both young and old, have participated in planning and organizing for a proposed six-mile “Fairmount Greenway.” Residents survey vacant lots on walking tours and begin to imagine what kinds of new open space can be created there—community gardens, safe natural areas, and different types of recreational uses. Open space projects help to build a sense of community as neighbors decide what they want to see and help to prepare action plans to realize their vision. The Greenway will promote more active and healthier lifestyles and will become a connecting link to the different Fairmount neighborhoods.

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A Fairmount Greenway Concept Plan (pdf link) was completed in 2011 with help from the design firm of Crosby, Schlessinger and Smallridge. The Plan calls for:

  • New open space sites to be created on some of the 161 City-owned vacant lots within half a mile of the Fairmount Line. The current”pilot” projects include:
    • Ballou Avenue: “Urban Agriculture and Social Enterprise” multi-use project to include intergenerational healthy food growing, nutritional cooking classes, and potential food-related social enterprises (Talbot Avenue Station)
    • Washington Street: Proposed “urban wild” enhancements with native trees and shrubs, and improved access (Four Corners/Geneva Avenue Station)
    • Doyle Playground: Creating a “Natural Playground” is an idea that the community has now. The site is owned by MA Department of Conservation and Recreation. ( Fairmount Station)
    • West Street Urban Wild ( Fairmount Station):  Currently getting innovative “goatscaping” treatment to clear poison ivy for community planning to proceed
    • Woolson Street Community Garden (Blue Hill Avenue/Cummins Highway Station). Garden plots plus a community gathering space Grand Opening September 6, 2014
    • Magnolia Street (Uphams Corner Station): Community performance and  gathering space and edible landscaping
  • FG_ base site 500 scale (1)_Page_02A Greenway “Path” that loosely follows the Line with improved bicycle lanes and enhanced “green streets” that make residents feel comfortable walking to the stations, to parks and to other neighborhood destinations. These streets will have more plantings, traffic calming features, and new “green infrastructure”  to help recycle stormwater runoff and prevent water pollution.The Fairmount Greenway Task Force is working with the City of Boston and the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) on the Fairmount Planning Initiative to help develop two half a mile pilot segments of the Greenway Path to help demonstrate what the path can look and feel like. The segments are located on:
    • Woodrow Avenue in Dorchester to Morton Street in Mattapan
    • Edgewater Drive in Mattapan, along the Neponset River

Partners with the CDCs in the Fairmount Greenway Task Force are: