An Update: Next Phase Planned for Muddy River Restoration

The Muddy River and its parklands, part of Frederick Law Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace, are undergoing a major restoration. Thanks to Phase 1 of the Restoration Project, a key section of the River has been restored as an open-air watercourse with new culverts and bridges created at the Riverway and Brookline Avenue.

On February 27 the MMOC and the Muddy River Cabinet hosted a public meeting about Phase 2 of the project. Presentations addressed the Muddy River restoration, the Carlton Street Footbridge Rehabilitation and improvements to the Muddy River parks. Speakers also described how, as it restores a key green environment, the project has become an important component of local municipal plans for climate resilience.

Speakers Included:

  • Chris Cook, Chief of Environment, Energy and Open Space, City of Boston
  • Erin Gallentine, Director of Parks and Open Space, Town of Brookline
  • Wendy Gendron, Chief, Civil Works Branch, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New England District
    (View Wendy Gendron’s Presentation PDF)

Download the Full Program (PDF)

Fran Gershwin of the Muddy River Restoration Project Oversight Committee and Kelly Brilliant of the Fenway Alliance talk about public meeting February 27 at Emmanuel College to discuss work on the previous and forthcoming phases of the waterway’s restoration project. Interview for BNN News. Aired February 27, 2020.

Come to a MMOC meeting: second Wednesday of each month, 6-8 pm at our office: 68 Harvard Street, Brookline Village


Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Charlesgate Alliance, conversation regarding a new playground in North Field area of Charlesgate (between Beacon Street and Commonwealth Avenue) and overall project update. 91 Bay State Road, Boston, 7 pm. Visit

March 31 -April 9, 2020
The Water Festival, a week-long deep dive into water through art, history, literature, science, engineering and design. Wentworth Institute of Technology and the Colleges of the Fenway. Details TBA. Contact Professor Cynthia Williams:

Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Muddy River Symposium, Colleges of the Fenway Center for Sustainability and the Environment and the MMOC. Simmons College, 4:30-7:30 pm. Speaker: Alice Brown, Director of Planning for Boston Harbor Now. Student Posters sought on topics of Sustainability, Environment, Cultures of Sustainability, and Water. Contact Professor Cynthia Williams:

Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Emerald Necklace Conservancy Annual Meeting, Boston Public Library. Focus on Charlesgate. Details TBA. Visit

Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Friends of Fairsted Spring Lecture, A Place of His Own: Frederick Law Olmsted Jr., His Life and Work in Landscape Architecture and Planning; Speaker: Elizabeth Hope Cushing, PhD. Reception: 6 pm. Lecture: 7 pm. Boston University Metcalf Trustee Center, 9th floor ballroom. Further details and registration available in mid-March. Visit