Our Mission

Creating a Greener Greater Boston for Future Generations

In Partnership with the Barr Foundation

The Solomon Foundation champions Greater Boston’s public green spaces and their unique contribution to the quality of urban life. Our mission is to provide a complete and connected network of beautiful parks and greenways linking Greater Boston neighborhoods. Founded by David Solomon and Herb Nolan in 2005, the Solomon Foundation seeks to frame visionary yet practical projects and help get them built. Working alongside and  supporting diverse partners across many governmental agencies and neighborhoods, we help drive greenway projects forward.

A Greener Greater Boston (AGGB) is a program of the Solomon Foundation in partnership with the Barr Foundation. AGGB was started in 2016 to scale up the greenway and placemaking work of the Solomon Foundation.

You can learn more about some of our current projects below.

FEATURED PROJECTS

With our partners, we prioritize projects that are part of a system of shared paths and parks; serve dense urban neighborhoods in need of open space; are beautiful, well-loved, and well cared-for; and enhance the health and well-being of people and the environment. Here is a selection of innovative projects  made possible through the  collaboration of dedicated public and private partners.

Blessing of the Bay Park
Blessing of the Bay Park

The Mystic River Watershed Association, is leading a comprehensive, community-driven plan and design for Blessing of the Bay Park and DCR is building initial park improvements.

Charlesgate
Charlesgate

The proposed Charlesgate paths and parks will reconnect the Charles River Basin with the Back Bay Fens and reclaim an area overshadowed by highway infrastructure since the mid-20th century.

Clippership Connector
Clippership Connector

The half-mile Clippership Connector path, named for the Clipperships once built on these shores, will form a critical link in a regional trail system reaching from the Mystic River to the Charles River and the northwestern suburbs.

Commonwealth Ave. Carriageway Restoration
Commonwealth Ave. Carriageway Restoration

The Western most section of Newton’s Commonwealth Ave. Carriageway was reconfigured mid-century leaving a dangerous stretch of road. The City of Newton is leading designing a restoration of the greenway.

Doyle Park
Doyle Park

P.O.W.H.E.R. members have come together to create a vision for Doyle Park, one of Hyde Park’s only windows on the Neponset River. After years of volunteers working on park improvements, neighbors are eager to finish the design plans and permitting for the park.

Northern Strand Community Trail
Northern Strand Community Trail

Upon completion, the Northern Strand Community Trail will be a continuous 12-mile shared use path from the Mystic River to the Lynn seashore.

Peabody Greenways
Peabody Greenways

Initial seed money from Foundation in 2017 gave the City of Peabody the ability to leverage several Federal, State, and Local funding programs to move Peabody’s plans for two Independence Greenway Extension projects forward.

Riverside Greenway
Riverside Greenway

The Riverside Greenway is a key regional link bridging the dual barriers of I-90 and I-95. Once completed, this link will open up access to the Charles River.

Our Process

Listen and Collaborate Around a Shared Vision

Working with public and private partners, the Solomon Foundation identifies projects that will significantly improve Greater Boston’s major public parks and greenways. We look for projects that inspire, that innovate, and that attract more people to enjoy the outdoors. These are projects that would likely not happen without a private partner. We do not attempt to do the heavy lifting of government agencies, nor could we. We act as a catalyst to instigate and support government action.

Feature Story

The History of Greenways

The story of an American idea in three parts

The idea of an interconnected metropolitan park system accessible by foot, bike, carriage, and trolley was invented right here in Greater Boston. Depredations by a massive roadway system built to accommodate ever increasing automobile traffic eroded Greater Boston’s greenway network but did not destroy it. Starting in the 1970s, the environmental movement  began to slowly change people’s attitudes, and the push for a renewed greenway network has continued to gather momentum in the first two decades of the 21st century.

Today, with automobile traffic at an all time high, a growing awareness of the impact of carbon emissions, and a revolution in transportation technology challenging old assumptions, political will to reclaim and reinvent our greenway network is growing. Boston can lead once again.