Greenough Boulevard is overly wide, endangers pedestrians, and degrades the river ecology.


By reconfiguring the boulevard a mile of parkland can be reclaimed along the river. (Artist's rendering)


The new tree-line path will complete a stunning five-kilometer loop rivaling Fresh Pond and the Esplanade for the affection of walkers and runners. (Artist's rendering)


This is one of the most bucolic stretches of the Charles River Basin.


Pedestrians, runners, and cyclists are all crowded to the shore where erosion results.


Ever since its construction in 1965 Greenough Boulevard has posed a serious threat to pedestrians and cyclists. Its excessive width crowds the shore and encourage speeding far in excess of the speed limit. Its seven+ acres of pavement drains directly to the Charles degrading the river ecology. Reconfiguring Greenough Boulevard will make room for trees, meadows, benches, and a broad shared-use path for walkers, runners, and cyclists. A curving, tree-lined path along this stretch of the river would be within walking distance of tens of thousands of people in Cambridge, Watertown, and Boston. All of this can be done with no significant reduction in traffic carrying capacity on Greenough Boulevard while better accommodating walkers, runners, and cyclists.

 

Located on the Charles River between the Eliot Bridge and the Arsenal Street Bridge.
2012
Initiated project based on past studies. Managing design process in partnership with the DCR. Identified funding sources.
$500,000 in private funding
$668,000 in public funding
$1,420,000 projected for full build out
Draft Memorandum of Agreement signed
Design and permits 90% complete
Groundbreaking planned for early 2015
Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.
Peter Del Tredici