Blessing of the Bay: Somerville

Please join us on May 19th for our Herring Run & Paddle! Register here.

Please join us on May 19th for our Herring Run & Paddle! Register here.

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

After a competitive process with more than 15 proposals, we have selected Offshoots, Inc. in partnership with Horsley Witten Group to lead the park redesign and ecological restoration of this waterfront open space. Stay tuned for more updates and to participate in public meetings that will take place through late spring.  

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.