Mystic Greenways vision

Imagine enjoying a river overlook at an outdoor café, paddling in canoes and kayaks, biking along riverside paths, and searching for wetland birds, all within a few city blocks of each other in one of America’s great metropolitan areas.

This is the Mystic. Right now. Assembly Row is bustling with activity. Everett and Malden have craft breweries around the corner from the Malden River. Macdonald Park offers miles of trails and natural vistas.  And boats of all kinds launch from parks and boat clubs in Medford and Somerville. 

But there is more work to be done to further enhance, connect and reimagine this highly urban riverfront.

The Mystic Greenways Initiative will connect 20 miles of paths, improve hundreds of acres of parkland and engage thousands of community members from the Mystic Lakes to the Boston Harbor. 

How we work

The Mystic River Watershed Association is leading this vision and creating a roadmap to transforming the parklands along the Mystic River. This ambitious effort is made possible by partnerships with all types of stakeholders across the watershed. We are working collaboratively with the Massachusetts Department of Recreation and Conservation, other federal and state agencies, dozens of municipalities and many local community groups and citizens.

The Mystic River linear park system can be an asset to our communities—providing mobility, economic development and public and environmental health benefits—if we invest in them today.  

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Get Involved

Email Amber Christoffersen, Mystic Greenways Director, today!


2018 Tufts Urban and Environmental Planning Field Study: Growing the Mystic Greenways
2009 Mystic River Master Plan