The Bureau of Planning & Resource Protection is involved with the administration and oversight for design, permitting and construction of complex projects. Ensuring the protection of important natural and cultural resources, and ongoing coordination and communication with partners and stakeholders are key components of this project management responsibility.

Current Projects

  • Mass Central Rail Trail – Wayside

    DCR envisions a 10-foot wide multi-use path along this entire corridor, and is seeking to work in partnership with the local municipalities to design, develop and manage this path. The corridor passes through Berlin, Hudson, Sudbury, Wayland, Weston, Waltham and short sections of Bolton and Stowe.

  • MCRT - Norwottuck Branch Rail Trail Rehabilitation Project

    The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Highway Division are working together to rehabilitate of the oldest sections of the 10.6 mile Norwottuck Rail Trail, which extends from Northampton to Belchertown, MA.  Design funding has been provided through a state and federal partnership between DCR, MassDOT, and the Federal Highway Administration.  

  • Neponset River Esplanade Extension - Segment I

    This spring, DCR received funding from MassDOT to complete missing segments of the Neponset River Greenway.  The Neponset River Esplanade Extension Project – Segment 1 begins in from of the Stop & Shop Plaza and continues along Truman Parkway to the Neponset Valley Parkway.  It includes installation of a bituminous concrete multi-use trail, relocation of the existing curb line to provide a buffer for the multi-use area, lawn restoration planting along the trail, and installation of a protective steel-backed wooden guardrail at the roadway interface. Construction will begin this fall and be completed by the spring of 2015.

  • Roxbury Heritage State Park Project

    The Roxbury Heritage State Park Signature Park Project is one of six urban park projects that have been identified as priorities for the Patrick Administration.   These projects will help revitalize urban neighborhoods by opening up or upgrading green spaces for outdoor recreation and by rehabilitating historic community landmarks.  The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs is working with state agencies, municipal governments, and local community leaders to implement these projects on an expedited timeline, with the goal of having each project substantially complete by the end of 2014.  

  • Speedway Administration Building Project

    DCR has selected the Architectural Heritage Foundation in partnership with 243 Dutton Interest LLC as future Curators of the Historic Speedway Administration Building in the Charles River Reservation, Brighton. The selection is the culmination of a multi-year effort to identify a long term preservation solution for this endangered, but highly significant, 1899 landmark. This unique public-partnership will provide for the sustained protection of the historic building, while transforming this former administration, maintenance, and police headquarters into a vibrant community space - providing a unique gateway connecting the rapidly-changing neighborhood to its remarkable past.

  • Watertown Riverfront Park and Braille Trail Project

    The Watertown Riverfront Park and Braille Trail Project is a two-phased effort to restore the mile-long Charles River Reservation multi-use Paths and parkland between Watertown Square and the Watertown Yacht Club along Charles River Road. The project area for Phase 1, currently underway, is a 3,200-foot-long, crescent-shaped swath of parkland along the north bank of the Charles River between Watertown Square and the Perkins School, encompassing 12 acres. It includes a Braille Trail and Sensory Garden and improvements to the site’s riverbank, pathways, and landscape. The two-phased project has been supported to date through a $1.38 million public/private partnership funding effort. DCR is exploring additional public and private funding for Phase 2 construction.

  • Winthrop Beach Renourishment / Rumney Marsh Restoration

    The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is in the midst of undertaking a $25 million dollar renourishment and restoration project at Winthrop Beach.  The nourishment will also result in an expanded beach area for recreational use.