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Mattapan-Milton Neponset River Greenway Conversation

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Community Conference Room, MBTA Transit Police Sub-Station, Mattapan Station, 500 River St. at 1670 Blue Hill Ave., Mattapan

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Who: Residents or people with work or community connections to Mattapan or Milton, Massachusetts.

What: An intentional conversation has begun among Mattapan and Milton neighbors to explore how to make this summer’s opening of the Neponset Greenway Extension bike and walking path an opportunity to forge stronger relationships among residents of both localities based on mutual respect, understanding, and a common love for the beautiful river and greenway we share.

Join us for a simple shared meal as we get to know each other, touch on shared and differing experiences, and begin to plan our participation in a number of events in the coming months---the formal opening of the Greenway Extension, a community bike ride and walk along the Neponset, a joint clean-up of the river in the Fall, and regular meet-ups to strengthen our relationships, and push to understand, confront, and eliminate structural racism and other forces that divide and disempower our Neponset Valley communities.

Background: Twenty-four residents of Mattapan and Milton representing 18 nonprofits and churches came together in February and May to talk about the Neponset River Greenway Extension, its imminent opening, and how that local project has been experienced differently by each community. The conversation began with Milton residents acknowledging that their own town’s fears and prejudices had been responsible for blocking and slowing down by at least half a dozen years the construction of a biking and walking path on their shared border with Mattapan. The conversations were a preliminary step in exploring whether and how residents might collaborate to build a stronger, equitable, and more united community in the Neponset Valley.


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