Create the Fairmount Greenway

Improve environmental conditions and promote healthy, active living along the Corridor through a Fairmount Greenway and other sustainability initiatives. Jump start sustainable social enterprises that promote a Solidarity Economy.

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“OASIS on Ballou is very important. Our neighborhood struggles with healthy eating, and health problems like diabetes and high blood pressure… With this space, the community can be educated on healthy food choices and people can earn a living.” — Resident leader, James Simmons.

Successes

  • The Fairmount Greenway Task Force (FGTF) completed the 2011 Concept Plan with consultants Crosby, Schlessinger, Smallridge
  • The first pilot program is converting 6 vacant lots (over 3 acres) into new green spaces, including gardens, urban agriculture, urban wilds, and sitting areas.
  • The FGTF works closely with the City of Boston to create a 9-mile “neighborway” with new Fairmount Greenway signage and bike street markings along residential streets to foster safe bicycling and walking.
  • The Oasis on Ballou Urban Agriculture site is training prison re-entry men of color in employable farming skills beginning in 2015.
  • The Southwest Boston CDC trains local youth in sustainable landscaping through the Hyde Park Green Team.
  • We installed Living Roofs on six bus shelters along the Corridor demonstrating environmental benefits to air quality and green job opportunities. Partners were Trevor Smith, Landscape Designs, YouthBuild Boston and the Environmental Protection Agency

 

Current Priorities

  • Creating a new non-profit to develop and manage the Greenway
  • Placemaking work along the greenway with street murals and other activities
  • Shaping neighborhood-based linkages of new and existing green spaces connected by the walking and biking routes