New Path Project (Updated)

Posted on Apr 10, 2018

New Path Project (Updated)

New Path Project update November 2019

The Arboretum Park Conservancy is thrilled with the wonderful progress resulting from our collaboration with the Arboretum, the Boston Transportation Department, the MBTA, WalkUP Roslindale, Rozzie Bikes, and the Livable Street Alliance/Emerald Network on the Unified Path project. This collaboration will create four new welcoming entrances and new paths for underserved neighborhoods adjacent to the Arboretum.

The Boston Transportation Department (BTD) has been managing the production of a first phase of biddable plans for the Bussey Brook Meadow Arboretum Road Green Link, a new gateway and path for people who live in neighborhoods east of the commuter rail tracks. Construction of an inviting entrance and a new path will begin in 2020.  It will pass from Arboretum Road through the tunnel under the commuter rail tracks and connect to a permeable path that will link to the Blackwell Path, the South Street Gate, and the rest of the Arnold Arboretum.

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The Arboretum Park Conservancy and WalkUP Roslindale are advocating for a new path project that would extend the Blackwell Path within the Arboretum to allow safe, comfortable, and beautiful walking and bicycling to Roslindale Square to the south and to the Southwest Corridor to the north.

A first priority is to create a new gateway into the Arnold Arboretum through the tunnel at the end of Arboretum Road. This new entry would connect to a new accessible path that would be an extension of the existing Blackwell Path. This entryway would welcome people who live east of the commuter rail tracks to the Bussey Brook Meadow. When completed, the neglected and trash-strewn tunnel would be an inviting, landscaped gateway, with signage and lighting on the side of the arch that faces Arboretum Road.

Beyond the tunnel, a path constructed of dense graded packed stone  would connect to the Blackwell Path, the South Street Gate, and Forest Hills Station. People using wheelchairs, pushing strollers, and riding bikes would be able to use the new path.  An additional goal is to extend the path all the way to the Roslindale Commuter Rail Station platform.