Mystic Greenways Progress

We’re well on our way towards the Mystic Greenway vision - dozens of projects are in design and construction, from a brand new waterfront park with athletic fields to a shared-use path completing the missing link of the recreation and transportation network along the Mystic. 

MyRWA is leading four priority waterfront park and path projects, currently in the design and planning stages. To see the rest of the projects scroll to the bottom of the page. 


Bicyclists pass by the Blessing of the Bay boathouse as part of the Mystic River Herring Run & Paddle.

A proposed route for the Clippership Connector pathway.

A proposed route for the Clippership Connector pathway.

The Park at River's Edge, Medford. Photo by Greig Cranna.

Mill Brook in Arlington feeds into the Lower Mystic Lake.

Mill Brook in Arlington feeds into the Lower Mystic Lake.

Somerville's Blessing of the Bay park is getting a comprehensive, community-driven redesign!

This proposed half-mile waterfront path will provide a safe and accessible route between Medford Square and Riverbend Park.

A shared vision plan for a waterfront park system along both sides of the Malden River, connecting Medford, Malden and Everett.

A proposed linear park along Mill Brook in Arlington that improves public access and the ecological quality of the riparian edge.

In the Works

©Ken Krause

Memorial Park Path, Medford

Two new shared-use paths now follow the Mystic River along Route 16, connecting Whole Foods Market to the Mystic River paths along the Winthrop St. community gardens and Condon Bandshell – walk, run and ride this new path!

©David Mussina

Mystic River Crossing, Everett & Somerville

The two largest developments on the Mystic River, Assembly Row and Wynn Boston Harbor, are planned to be the landing points for the river’s first-ever pedestrian bridge. This link will provide a safe, car-free route to access riverfront destinations and create a regional connection from the North Shore to Boston via the Northern Strand and planned Rutherford Ave. Greenway.

Draw 7 Park and Path Extension, Boston & Somerville

A new waterfront path connecting Draw 7 Park, near the Assembly Row T Station, with Route 99/Sullivan Square is currently under design and permitting. This key missing link is moving forward at the same time that the 9-acre park will be going through a DCR-led redesign and revitalization effort.

Rivergreen Development, Everett

A half-mile riverwalk along the Malden River will break ground in spring 2017; this will be followed construction of a seven-acre park and outdoor recreation complex with athletic fields, complete in 2018. For the first time in over a hundred years, this site, once housing heavy industry, will now provide much-needed open space and river access to surrounding Everett residents.

Design of the River Overview, constructed in 2017, by Shadley Associates.

Torbert Macdonald Park Revitalization, Medford

Macdonald Park is one of the largest riverfront parks in Greater Boston, providing residents in Medford, Somerville, Malden and Everett with recreational opportunities in and along the Mystic River. While the park is an important asset, it has not received the investment needed for ongoing maintenance and improvements. MyRWA and DCR are partnering to reverse this trend to make this a world-class riverfront park that is an environmental and recreational hub for local communities. DCR repaved most of the 3 miles of trails and removed nearly 15 acres of phragmities, opening up access to the Mystic River and increasing safety in the park. Coming in 2017: a new river overlook with a boat launch and picnic area and a volunteer stewardship program that will bring hundreds of people out to remove invasive Oriental bittersweet – all part of the larger revitalization efforts.