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Blessing of the Bay Park

With support from the Solomon Foundation,  the Mystic River Watershed Association, in partnership with the City of Somerville and Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is leading a comprehensive, community-driven plan and design for Blessing of the Bay Park. With the input of local residents and stakeholders including Groundwork Somerville and Mystic Housing, the revitalization plan has identified the physical features, natural areas, paths, and traffic calming, as well as programming and amenities needed to transform this park into one that supports recreation, active transportation, social cohesion, and ecological health.

Background: Named for the ship commissioned by Governor Winthrop in the 1600’s, Blessing of the Bay Park and Boathouse is one of the few waterfront parks in Somerville and the location of the Mystic River Watershed Association’s annual Herring Run and Paddle Race. It’s also Paddle Boston’s newest kayak and canoe rental site, and the only public boat rental on the Mystic River.

2017Awarded first CPA grant from Somerville
2017Began community outreach
2018Two public workshops to get community input on design are held
2018 Create community driven concept plan
2018 Awarded second round of CPA funding from Somerville
2019Awarded MassTrails grant
2019Ecological Art Installation
2019Continued to refine design
2020DCR built initial path and park improvements
2021DCR and Somerville will continue work on path and park improvements as well as bicycle safety improvements along the roadway

Project Details

  • 2016
Solomon and Barr Investments
  • $42,000
Partner Investments
  • $579,000
Estimated Cost to Complete
  • $4,000,000
Key Partners
  • Initial improvements are being made, and next phases of the park design are continuing

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