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 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.

Share Your Ideas

We will be kicking off the public process with a workshop to share existing conditions and hear ideas from the community. The event will be kid friendly and food will be served. Hope you can join us! 

What:   Public Workshop
When:  Thursday, April 5, 6:30 - 8:00 pm (*note new date due to snow storm anticipated for March 21)
Where: Mystic Housing, Mystic Activities Center
               530 Mystic Ave, Somerville


Throughout the redesign process, 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 - it will only be live until the end of March!


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.