Mystic River Master Plan (November 2009)
This Master Plan project was initiated by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation to build on earlier studies and the improvements to the Reservation completed to date.
Trailside Master Plan: Blue Hills Reservation (2008)
In 2007, DCR initiated this Master Plan to provide a ten-year vision for the Trailside buildings, site and educational exhibits. This Master Plan represents the culmination of a year of work by the project proponents (DCR and Mass Audubon) and the consultant team, with input from the Trailside Advisory Committee.
Trailside is a pivotal component of the Blue Hills Reservation, Massachusetts’ largest park in the metropolitan Boston area, as it functions both as the primary interpretive center for the Reservation, but also because it is located at the base of Great Blue Hill and the most popular trailhead. This Master Plan envisions a new nature education center that forms a gateway to the Blue Hills, with up-to-date interpretive exhibits that celebrate the ecology, geology, cultural resources, habitats, and plant and animal species that comprise this diverse park. With Trailside set to celebrate its 50th anniversary soon, the Master Plan provides a vision with achievable goals for Trailside’s next fifty years.
Neponset River Master Plan Phase II (2006)
In 1998, the master plan for the Lower Estuary of the Neponset River Reservation (Phase I) was completed, and much of the that plan, up to Central Avenue, has been implemented. Building on the success of the earlier Phase I Plan, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) embarked upon a master plan for a major section of the Neponset River Reservation extending from Central Avenue on the Boston/ Milton line to Paul’s Bridge in Hyde Park. This plan provides access to the river, a continuous trail connecting to the Phase I trail, five MBTA stations and several private development sites along the river, as well as a wide range of recreation opportunities for the adjacent neighborhoods and region.
Alewife Master Plan (2003)
As a meeting place - of earth and water, city and suburb, culture and ecology - the Alewife Reservation and Alewife Brook Parkway play an important role in the lives of people and other animals alike. The area is rich with physical and symbolic connections: hydrologic connections link wetlands, rivers, floodplains, and neighborhoods; restored and protected ecosystems link wildlife habitats and thus stain biodiversity; a network of trails and paths connects people to each other, to a significant historic legacy, and to the wilder, natural world which is the home for many animals
Charles River Basin Master Plan (2002)
The Master Plan for the Charles River Basin is a comprehensive look at the parks, parkways, river banks, and watersheet of the Charles between the historic Charles River Dam and Watertown Square. Articulating a vision developed in partnership with the public over a two-year period, the Plan’s goal is to restore the Basin’s outstanding historic landscape character while addressing the needs of the twenty-first century. The Plan serves to guide the stewardship, the management, and the maintenance of the park land, parkways, and the water sheet. Key initiatives include preserving the historic and character-defining features of the Charles River Basin, improving the parkland and support appropriate uses, improving the river channel and manage access to the water, improving access and circulation to and throughout the Basin, and supporting management and maintenance of the Charles River Basin. The ideas and thoughtful participation of countless individuals and organizations made this Plan possible. Thanks to their continuing efforts, positive change is occurring in the Basin.
Upper Charles River Reservation Master Plan (1998)
The Upper Charles River Reservation Project addresses a 5.75 mile section of the Charles River, including 11 miles of protected river banks, from Watertown Square to Commonwealth Avenue in Newton and Weston. It is part of the agency’s larger goal to extend the Charles River greenway 14 miles to Brook Farm in West Roxbury. As this first section of the Reservation greenway is completed, it will provide a critical open-space link between the Charles River Basin and the scenic “Lakes District”, spreading over 190 acres through Newton, Weston, and Waltham.