Blessing of the Bay: Somerville

 Image of the Herring Run and Paddle with the park and boathouse in the background.

Image of the Herring Run and Paddle with the park and boathouse in the background.

The Mystic River Watershed Association, in partnership with the City of Somerville, 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. 

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 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.


Click to see the final schematic design - this plan will guide future revitalization of the park and is based on feedback from hundreds of residents who live, work and play near this waterfront park.

See links to public presentations here:

Public Workshop #1 - Initial Ideas Presentation [April 5, 2018]
Public Meeting #2 - Design Alternatives / Full Presentation [May 24, 2018]


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.