Southwest Corridor Park Conservancy

Restoring, Maintaining and Enhancing the Southwest Corridor Park

The Parkland Management Advisory Committee (PMAC)

Meeting Schedule and Locations
Organizations involved with the SWC Park


Minutes and other materials: Monthly meeting minutes, agendas and other materials are available online: http://swcpc.org/pmacdocuments.asp.

PMAC Elections: In November we set up the following PMAC leadership team:

  • Jeff Ferris, Co-chair
  • Jennifer Leonard, Co-chair
  • Bob Barney - Treasurer/Membership Chairman
  • Karen Wynne – Secretary/Clerk
  • Franco Campanello – Volunteers/SWCP Standing Committee Chairperson
  • Tracy O’Brien – Community Gardeners/Green Space Standing Committee Chairperson
  • David Wean – Bicycle-Pedestrian Path Ad Hoc Committee Representative
  • Frederick Vetterlein – Greenway Extension

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. Read a summary of survey results. 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.

The Parkland Management Advisory Committee (PMAC) was created during the Southwest Corridor Park planning process, in the 1970s, with input from the State Legislature, MBTA, and citizens. For more than thirty years PMAC has been an active player in the management and oversight of the park. It is the voice of the people to the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), and approves changes to the park prior to DCR's action.

Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00, and rotate between the three sections of the park: at 70 St. Botolph Street in the Back Bay/South End; at the Boston Police station on Washington Street in Jamaica Plain; and at the Boston Police Headquarters at 1 Schroeder Plaza on the corner of Ruggles and Tremont Streets, near Roxbury Crossing. The first part of the meeting is focused on Public Safety. Police from the State, MBTA, and the three Boston Districts meet with the community to discuss safety issues and resolve solutions to problems.

The second part of the monthly meeting is Community Concerns. During this part of the meeting, the DCR park manager reports on the schedule for the month ahead, and the DCR and community discusses any concerns related to management of the park.


Meetings start at 7:00 PM with the Public Safety portion; Community Concerns start at 7:30 PM and finish about 8:45 PM. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month, with some exceptions, and the venue rotates between the three sections of the corridor. Meeting agendas and reminders are available via email and on the SWCPC Facebook page.

South End/St. Botolph - 1st Floor Community Room
St. Botolph Elderly Housing
70 St, Botolph St.
The closest T station is Back Bay
Metered parking on Huntington Ave.

Jamaica Plain - 1st Floor Conference Room
Boston Police Station
3347 Washington St.
The closest T station is Green St.
Parking is available on Washington St.

Roxbury - 1st floor media room
Boston Police Station
1 Schroeder Plaza, Corner of Ruggles and Tremont Sts.
The closest T station is Ruggles
Parking is available in the Police lot. As you approach the gate press the buzzer, and the officer at the front desk should allow you access into the lot.


The Parkland Management Advisory Board (PMAC) is the voice of the community to the DCR in the management and oversight of the park. At monthly meetings we discuss public safety issues with the police and community concerns. Schedule and more information at: swcpc.org/pmac.

PMAC’S Ad Hoc Committees:

—Bike and Pedestrian Paths reviews policies and practices to improve the use and maintenance of the paths. Contact: Jeffery Ferris at Jeffery@ferriswheelsbikeshop.com

—Greenway Extension is planning the use and design of the MBTA “urban wilds” land, in the Stony Brook neighborhood, which will become part of the park. Contact: Fred Vetterleina at fsv.jp@comcast.net

—The Community Garden Council manages concerns related to the eleven community gardens. Contact: Tracy O’Brien at Tracy_OBrien@facing.org

The Southwest Corridor Park Conservancy (SWCPC) is a 501(C)3 organization, whose mission is to restore and enrich the park. You can help their work with a tax-deductible contribution, or as a volunteer to maintain the park. Contact: Franco Campanello, President at fcamp195@gmail.com. Website: http://swcpc.org.

The Festival Garden (affiliated with SWCPC) is an urban agriculture project that grows food, available for all, in common space gardens in Jamaica Plain. Contact: Jenny Jones at info@swcpc.org

JP Skateboard Park is located at Stony Brook. This park provides boarding and other sports opportunities for people of all ages. Contact: Nick Murray at big.fancy.lad@gmail.com

Carleton Court Dog Park is an off-lease park in the South End, which is maintained by volunteers and funded through users’ donations. Contact Jamie Demas at jdemas@bedfordstmartins.com

Neighborhood / Youth Connections. PMAC seeks to actively connect with neighbohood projects along the corridor, including:

The Mission Hill Basketball and Tennis Courts - sports opportunities for the youth living in the area. Contact: Matilda Drayton at matilda_drayton@hotmail.com

Jackson Square Neighbors - programs for children in the Lorber Playground. Contact: Janet Hunkel at jan.hunkel@gmail.com