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Mary Haggerty Snyder Bench and Tree: The Friends and Family of Mary Haggerty Snyder, who died in May 2011 at age 87, have enriched the SWCP with a memorial to the woman who helped plan and implement the park as part of the relocation of the Orange Line in the 1980s. Mary Haggerty Snyder was a transportation planner who worked at the Central Transportation Planning Staff (CTPS) from 1975 through 1981. She then joined Fay, Spofford & Thorndike, Inc., and became the planner for the MBTA’s Southwest Corridor Project in the Back Bay and South End. Ms. Snyder was a passionate transit advocate who worked on accessibility and transit issues at CTPS; was a member of the MBTA Access Advisory Committee; and a longtime member and officer on the Board of Directors of the Association for Public Transportation. In retirement, she was very active in planning and civic affairs on Martha’s Vineyard.
You can enjoy this new addition to the park, found near Carleton Court.
SWC Path Survey: A PMAC bike-pedestrian path committee has conducted a survey about use of the SWC path, with 595 responses. Responses were very thoughtful, and provided insight into ways of improving bike-pedestrian culture and long-term and short-term enhancements to the path system. Next steps include working with DCR on stenciling/striping on the path; working with the city of Boston on some small changes to traffic signals; some surface improvements and other short-term and long-term enhancements. As we share survey results, we will continue the dialogue about building and maintaining a positive bike-pedestrian culture.
Magnolia Transplanting. A set of magnolia trees, donated and planted near Forest Hills several years ago by SWCP volunteers, is being transplanted to three locations along the park (Jamaica Plain to South End) during the Casey Overpass construction project. Here, photos from the first phase of this move.
Durham Green Replanting. The Southwest Corridor Park Conservancy, in collaboration with the state’s Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), is replanting the hilly area in the park near the end of Durham Street. The area will be fenced for a few months while it is replanted with native grasses and sedges. These new plantings will be attractive native plants, drought-resistant and hardy in all types of weather.
The Southwest Corridor Park Conservancy is an all-volunteer organization, and raises funds from neighbors and supporters to pay for plantings and other park improvements. See http://swcpc.org/involved.htm (Donors & Volunteers) if you are interested in making a monetary contribution or volunteering with the Conservancy.
Photos in the image gallery page: Durham Green - Image Gallery
Parkland Management Advisory Committee (PMAC)
Monthly PMAC meetings provide on opportunity for neighbors, park volunteers and others to learn about and discuss park-related issues, public safety and more. Meetings are held monthly; see the PMAC page at http://swcpc.org/pmac.htm for full information. All are welcome to attend.