On Friday, October 23, MyRWA joined community groups and municipal leaders to celebrate the announcement of $508,500 in grant funding for capital improvement projects in the Lower Mystic River Watershed Communities. Projects in the communities of East Boston, Charlestown, Chelsea, Everett, Medford, Malden and Somerville will receive grants awarded by the Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET) Mystic Initiative Program. The Mystic River Watershed Association received $42,500 through this initiative to develop an Urban Trail Map and Guide in the Lower Mystic. Thanks MET!
“The Mystic River is one of our state’s underappreciated gems. It makes its way through more than 20 cities and towns before emptying into Boston harbor, and is richly deserving of our attention and support,” said MET Chairman James R. Gomes.
Other grant awardees include: - The Mystic Valley Development Commission (MVDC), a collaborative of Malden, Medford and Everett has been awarded a $150,000 grant to help fund construction of the Wellington Greenway in Medford by the Mass Environmental Trust. The Wellington Greenway is a riverfront walk which will connect the River’s Edge and Wellington Business Center Riverfront Pathways to the Wellington MBTA station and beyond to Station Landing and the Mystic Reservation. The construction of Wellington Greenway links walking paths with popular destinations while promoting access to the Malden and Mystic River. Additionally, it highlights the major ecological restoration work undergone at the River’s Edge development along the Malden River.
“The Wellington Greenway Project is designed to be a multi-use pathway providing an intermodal connection between the MBTA Station and businesses along the river. It will allow regional access to the area and great potential for increased recreational use,” said Malden Mayor Richard Howard.
- The City of Somerville will enhance the Blessing of the Bay Boathouse and develop a "Blue Heron River Route."
- The City of Medford received funds to connect Medford center and the Condon Shell, a DCR owned outdoor theater.
- The City of Everett will construct a canoe and kayak launch at Village Landing Park.