Southwest Corridor Park Dashboard [Draft]


About the Dashboard

The Southwest Corridor Park serves as the backyard, garden, walking/biking route, playground and neighborhood gathering spot for thousands of Boston residents, commuters and visitors. Through this dashboard, PMAC is creating a channel of communication to help neighbors, volunteers and park staff to work together on issues large and small.

][1.] Click GO TO on the left to share your observations, comments and concerns.
[2.] Click on any topic in the chart on the right to read comments, concerns, updates and milestones.

Milestones/Updates

View updates about park projects, both large and small, showing both small steps and major outcomes of the work of DCR staff and volunteers.

4/13/2021: SWCP Skatepark construction officially started on April 12, 2021! (And DCR & PMAC have shared this news via social media and email, with lots of positive response!)
4/13/2021: We are following the planning for the proposed building at 840 Columbus Ave. Jennifer L. and Matilda D. have participated in design workshops, including a Spring 2021 design workshop, as well as other forums/workshops over the past two years. We have corresponded with NEU staff about bike path issues, including proposals to coordinate striping/stenciling, signage, crosswalks and traffic signals with the Melnea Cass bike path, and to add striping/stenciling on the SWCP path as it goes along Ruggles station. We expect to have a meeting with PMAC with the design team later in the process, when time comes to file a transportation access plan agreement (TAPA).
3/24/2021: Tracy O`Brien spoke about the importance of community gardens and the context of the Southwest Corridor Park at the DCR Partnership Awards Matching ceremony on Tuesday, March 23rd. The ceremony was chaired by DCR Commissioner Jim Montgomery attended by state representatives and state senators and their staff and by representatives from each of the park groups that are participating in partnership projects.

Transportation

The Southwest Corridor Park was one of the first linear parks in the U.S., and was the pioneer in the use federal highway money to create environmentally friendly mass transit and bicycle transportation. Now years later, how many people travel via the eight MBTA orange line stations each day or the many connecting bus routes? How many bicycles, skateboards, runners/joggers, wheelchairs, strollers and other wheels travel past your spot in the park each day?How many people use the eleven BlueBikes stations along the corridor?

Stewardship & Gardening

What are the stories behind the trees, shrubs, flower and vegetables gardens we enjoy along the corridor?

2716

Volunteers have contributed 2716 hands-on park stewardship hours in 2020; and 2193 in 2019; plus an equal number of behind-the-scenes organizational work.

Community Development

The corridor is an area of major ongoing development, with many important conversations taking place. See the BPDA map and learn about how park volunteers represent the park and neighborhoods on key committees.

Still images of BPDA projects map