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Hyde Park Riverwalk

The proposed Hyde Park Riverwalk will stretch for half a mile from the Shops at Riverwood to the West Street Urban Wild.   It will cross over several acres of filled land created by the DCR (then MDC) when they dredged the Neponset River in the mid 20th century.  Until very recently this land was so cut off by fences and hidden by thick vegetation that most residence didn’t know it existed.  Some residents in the neighborhood were not aware that the river existed just a few short blocks away.  Exploratory clearing was begun in 2022 to reveal an extraordinarily beautiful stretch of river which, unlike the Charles River or the Mystic River to the north, has no roadways crowding its banks.   Property surveys completed in the spring of 2023 indicated much more land owned by the state than previously thought along with numerous private encroachments.  As part of the Second annual Doyle Park Day in the spring of 2023 community members were invited to walk along their riverfront for the very first time.

Current status: The EPA is proceeding with testing for soil contaminants in the filled areas and mitigating any hotspots that they find during phase  one of their overall superfund project. The river access working group will be engaging with abutters all along the corridor to discuss how to address encroachments and other barriers to an eventual linear park and path along the river. (May 2023)

2021Land upstream of Doyle Park identified as owned by the DCR and a prime candidate for improvements
2022Interim path cleared to unlock access to acers of hidden shoreline
2022Community leaders walk the path for the first time
2022River corridor photographed for inclusion on Google Maps
2022Superfund assessment for 3.7 miles of river begins
2023Doyle Park Day - First community walk along interim path
2023EPA completes property line survey revealing minor encroachments
2023Private Developer agrees to donate a public access easement to make the riverwalk possible
2023DCR accepts the Hyde Park Riverwalk and schedules design for 2024
2024Public workshops scheduled to explore the past, present, and future of Neponset River access

Project Details

  • 2022

Foundation Investments
  • $30,000
Partner Investments
  • EPA survey work
Key Partners
  • BSC Group
  • Holden Engineering and Surveying

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