The Mystic Valley Development Commission (MVDC) has announced that Phases II and III of the Wellington Greenway will open on Friday, October 19, 2012. There will be a “ribbon cutting” ceremony at 11:00 a.m. at the newly constructed Overlook located at the confluence of the Mystic and Malden Rivers.
The Massachusetts Environmental Trust provided a portion of the funding for Phases I, II, and III of the Greenway, which is part of the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Path System. Preotle, Lane & Associates is the project’s construction partner and Shadley Associates is the project’s design consultant.
Phase II of the Greenway includes the creation of the Overlook where a historic railroad abutment forms an elevated peninsula. The end of the peninsula is highlighted by a landscaped, circular granite seating area, providing visitors a unique vantage point from which to enjoy dramatic views of Everett, Somerville, Boston, the Amelia Earhart Dam and a 270-degree panorama of the surrounding waters. Phase III extends the handicap accessible Greenway about .2 of a mile on MBTA land along the Malden River from the Overlook to the parking area at the Wellington Station. Granite seating, security cameras, trash receptacles and natural grasses were also recently installed or planted along this section of the path.
Completion of the fourth phase, which will extend the Greenway to the Wellington Business Center and River’s Edge, is anticipated for the fall of 2016, along with the replacement of the Woods Memorial Bridge.
Along the Greenway’s existing multi-use path, which runs about .35 of a mile along the Mystic River from the Mystic Wellington Yacht Club to the Overlook, view corridors were created and benches and other street furniture added. This section of the path was resurfaced and portions reconstructed in late 2010.
Mayors Michael J. McGlynn of Medford, Carlo DeMaria, Jr. of Everett and Gary Christenson of Malden will attend the ribbon cutting. The three cities comprise the MVDC, the sponsor of the Greenway project.
Speakers will include Philip Griffiths, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Undersecretary for Environment; Edward M. Lambert, Jr., Commissioner of the Massachusetts DCR; Jonathan Davis, Acting General Manager of the MBTA; and John Preotle of Preotle, Lane & Associates.
Check out video from the October 19, 2012 ribbon-cutting: