In conjunction with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR), Epsilon took on the environmental permitting responsibilities of the Draw Seven Park path extension.
The recently completed coastal resiliency project at the MBTA Charlestown Bus Garage on Alford Street in Boston made way for space to construct a shared multi-use path along the Mystic River. The Mystic River path network ends at the Draw Seven Park in Somerville, adjacent to the Assembly Row MBTA Station. MBTA provided the easement along their property to the Massachusetts DCR to connect the missing link in the Mystic River path network.
This project focused on this gap in the pathway network, as well as the restoration of Draw Seven Park. DCR sought to permit and construct an approximately 1,900 foot-long multi-use pathway along the Mystic River. As envisioned in the Mystic River Greenway Master Plan, the path would be extended to Alford Street in Boston. It would provide a new pedestrian and bicycle connection to locations north and south along the river. This vision was implemented in coordination with MBTA, as they provided an access easement to their property directly along the Mystic River.
Crossing city boundaries, our team of environmental scientists and planners needed to prepare two Notices of Intent. The first was for submittal with the Boston Conservation Commission and the other for submittal with the Somerville Conservation Commission for work in coastal wetland resource areas. This involved extensive coordination with MBTA and Project Engineers, as well as each city. Epsilon also prepared a Chapter 91 Water Dependent License Application under the Waterways Regulations for a water-dependent use project.
This new path is currently under construction. It will serve both Somerville and Boston, as well as neighboring communities by providing a connection to miles of pathways along the Mystic River. Native landscaping, scenic overlooks, and resting spots with benches are provided for all users of the path. In the future, the path will connect to the Everett side of the Mystic River via a new bridge specifically for pedestrians and bicyclists.