The Solomon Foundation works with public and private partners to identify projects which will significantly improve Greater Boston's major public parks and greenways. Rather than duplicate the efforts of public agencies, we act as catalysts to instigate and support government action. Many major public and private investments in some of our most important parks are testimony to the success we've had with this model.
Putting Greenough Boulevard on a "road diet" will eliminate acres of pavement along the river, and make room for wildflower meadows and a new mile long tree-lined path. When linked with Herter Park this will be one of the best 5k walking and running loops in Greater Boston.
Will be under construction in the spring of 2015. Funding for phase 2 being sought.
New boats made by Boston public school students are now available for rent at the Jamaica Pond boat house.
A new sail boat design was added to the fleet of row boats in 2013. These student built boats can be rented at Jamaica Pond during the warm months. Courageous Sailing manages the boat rental program on Jamaica Pond.
The plaza and park surrounding the fully restored Brewer Fountain have been transformed into one of Boston's great new public places. A tree-lined Liberty Mall frames the view to the Statehouse. A granite plaza offers tables and chairs where people can sit to eat lunch, play chess, read books from the mobile cart, or listen to live piano music.
Fountain plaza and Liberty Mall were completed in fall 2012. Phase two improvements including the historic boundary fence along Liberty Mall and additional green space along Lafayette Mall were completed in 2014. ic boundary fence along Liberty Mall and additional green space along Lafayette Mall are fully funded and scheduled to be built in the spring of 2014.
Captain Tom McNichol began clearing the Charles River Basin of floating trash back in 2004 – and with the help of dozens of volunteers, he has kept the river clean ever since. The Solomon Foundation supplied him with a specialized boat and equipment for this purpose.
The river has been clear of floating trash for over ten years now.
This greenway project represents a first step in a plan to create a link between two great park systems – the Charles River Basin and the Emerald Necklace. It will also unlock access to 2½ acres of isolated parkland with sweeping views of the river.
Conceptual design completed with public input. Secretary Richard Davies announced full funding for design and construction of the Charlesgate Greenway project in 2013. Full design is proceeding in the 2015 with construction to follow.
New design guidelines for crosswalks and paths will help knit the Emerald Necklace Park system together over time. It will be possible in the future to travel on foot or by bike from one end of the necklace to the other along pleasant safe, paths – and without getting lost.
Free passage to the Boston Harbor Islands for one day at the beginning of summer was provided on a first-come first-serve basis for several years. This introduced thousands of new visitors to a hidden resource, the Boston Harbor Islands.
6750 visitors participated in this program which has now ended.
A conceptual plan has been produced that shows the potential of transforming this last substantial piece of undeveloped land abutting the Emerald Necklace into a woodland sanctuary with scenic overlooks and trails.
The school has declared its intention to not sell this land for development.
Three crossings to Jamaica Pond were studied to make local neighborhood access safer and more enjoyable. Two have been completed: a new crossing at Eliot Street and a new crossing at the southern end of Parkman Drive.
The crossing at the northern end of Parkman Drive remains to be addressed.
Including parkland access as part of the "purpose and need" of the Longfellow Bridge restoration project has resulted in the inclusion of a dramatic new pedestrian bridge, new crosswalks, widened river paths, and reclaimed parkland as part of the construction package.
Construction is underway and expected to be substantially completed by 2016.
An approach trail to a long abandoned rail trestle bridge was completed by the Appalachian Mountain Club trail crew. Two trestle bridges will be converted to pedestrian use to unlock access to the Neponset River Trail for residents in Dorchester and Milton.
Advocates for parks and for "active transportation" – including walking, running and cycling – have organized to revive a century old idea: an interconnected greenway path system for the Boston metropolitan area.
Three mutually supportive initiatives are actively underway in 2015: A regional greenways initiative organized by MAPC (Landlines), a metro center greenways initiative being organized by the Livable Streets Alliance (Green Links), and a citywide greenway initiative being organized by the Boston Transportation Department. Momentum is building for the idea of an emerald web of paths serving Greater Boston.
Restoration of this mile-long riverfront park, a critical link in the regional park system, will include river overlooks, sculptural benches, new bike and pedestrian paths, as well as a sensory trail and play structure designed to serve sight impaired park users.
Phased and shovel ready. $220,000 in private matching funds committed.