Mystic Greenways Progress

MyRWA is working to advance many waterfront parks and path projects. Below are three active projects in the design and planning and implementation stages. 

A rendering of the Clippership Connector, a multi-use path connecting Medford Square to Riverbend Park.

A rendering of the Clippership Connector, a multi-use path connecting Medford Square to Riverbend Park.

Clippership connector

The Clippership Connector is a proposed half-mile waterfront path will connect more than 10 miles of contiguous greenways and provide a safe and scenic route between Medford Square, Andrew/McGlynn Schools and Riverbend Park.

This project is a partnership between the City of Medford, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), the Mystic River Watershed Association, the Lawrence and Lillian Solomon Foundation, the Medford Bicycle Advisory Commission and WalkMedford. 

 

Torbert Macdonald Park Revitalization

MyRWA volunteers apply a fresh coat of paint to benches in Macdonald Park. ©David Mussina

MyRWA volunteers apply a fresh coat of paint to benches in Macdonald Park. ©David Mussina

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 Macdonald Park a world-class riverfront park that is a environmental and recreational hub for local communities. Revitalization goals include:

  • Increase use of the park with new recreational amenities
  • Restore and enhance natural areas in the park
  • Improve access to and within the park

Current implementation efforts include: 3 miles of newly paved paths, more than 15 acres of phragmities and Oriental bittersweet removal (both invasive species), and new a river overlook and picnic area to be built in 2017. We have also launched a volunteer-run invasive plant removal program to work towards larger park revitalization efforts. 

 

Malden River Linear Park Network

MyRWA is working to create a shared vision for a seamless waterfront park system along both sides of the Malden River, connecting communities in Medford, Malden and Everett to this important natural resource. Currently, a little more than 1 mile of the 3.5 miles of shoreline is accessible green space. A comprehensive vision created by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, cities, community groups and citizens will support the implementation of vibrant and connected parklands. A key partner in this effort is the Friends of the Malden River, a citizens group committed to the revitalization of the Malden River.