In 2009, the City of Somerville was awarded funding from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust to develop the Blueback Herring River Route. Partnering organizations included the Mystic River Watershed Association, Groundwork Somerville, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, and the Somerville Arts Council.
The Blueback Herring River Route serves to link people from the popular public park, Foss Park, and the Mystic River at the DCR Blessing of the Bay Boathouse. Despite their proximity - about a half mile - few residents take advantage of the Mystic River as a valuable source of recreation and relaxation. The Blueback Herring River Route aims to increase community knowledge and useage of the Mystic River.
The walking route is marked with signage placed on existing light and signage poles as seen to the right. Kiosks at Foss Park and the Blessing of the Bay Boathouse will designate the route as well. This easily recognizable design scheme can be used to further develop River Routes in other parts of the Mystic River Watershed.
The Mystic River Watershed Association is thrilled to be a partnering organization for the Blueback Herring River Route!