Arboretum Link / Roslindale Gateway Path
This project will extend the Southwest Corridor path into Roslindale Village. The proposed route connects with the Casey Arborway paths and existing Blackwell Path. The path will go through the Arnold Arboretum and along the MBTA right-of-way.
This is a priority project for Go Boston 2030. We’re working to create better and more equitable transportation choices in Boston.
Green Links are missing bike and pedestrian connections. When completed, we will have a network of great walking and biking routes linking every neighborhood.
For several years, this project has been a priority for the Arboretum Park Conservancy and Roslindale residents.
The Conservancy received a grant from the nonprofit Arnold Arboretum Committee. The grant funded a concept design for this path. The design went from the Blackwell Path to the Arboretum Road tunnel, and beyond.
The community group WalkUp Roslindale joined with the Arboretum Park Conservancy. Together, they worked to promote this path. They also promoted an extension of the path along the Needham line right-of-way to the Roslindale Square Station. The group received technical help from the nonprofit LivableStreets Alliance.
A community-led meeting engaged more than 100 residents. With support from the Solomon Foundation, the Arnold Arboretum hired design consultants. The Horsley Witten Group designers developed conceptual plans for the path.