Blessing of the Bay: Somerville
The Mystic River Watershed Association, in partnership with the Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and Groundwork Somerville, is leading a comprehensive, community-driven plan and design for Blessing of the Bay Park. With the input of local residents and stakeholders, the revitalization plan will identify the physical features, natural areas, programming and amenities needed to transform this park into one that supports recreation, active transportation, social cohesion and ecological health.
Blessing of the Bay Park and Boathouse is one of the few waterfront parks in Somerville and the location of our 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. Get out on the river and check back here for updates on the planning process.
DESIGN TEAM Request for proposal
We're hiring a design consultant team, ideally led by a landscape architecture firm, to create a schematic design for Blessing of the Bay Park. See answers to all consultant questions that were submitted.
RFP Released: October 31
Site Visit: November 14, 9:30 am (20 Shore Drive, Somerville)
RFP Due: November 21, 1:00 pm
Share Your Ideas
As we complete a redesign of the park, we want to be sure that we hear the needs and desires from community stakeholders. Please fill out this 5-minute survey to share your vision for Somerville's waterfront!
This project is a partnership of the City of Somerville, Groundwork Somerville, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Mystic River Watershed Association.
Funding provided by the Somerville Community Preservation Act and the Solomon Foundation’s Greener and Greater Boston program.