Public Access

Expanding public access to natural gems of the Neponset Watershed, like the River, itself, shares the beauty of the watershed and grows a coalition of stewards to protect this important landscape.

Expanding public access may take the form of:

  • protecting undeveloped land on the water’s edge from development,
  • building trails and walkways on public land,
  • convincing developers to dedicate their waterfront to “public purposes” such as public walkways and boat launches,
  • educating the public about opportunities for exploring the river watershed.

The Watershed Association also has been working along these waterways – with communities and government agencies – to restore the water flow that has been greatly reduced by wasteful water use practices, and to restore boating passage by removing or modifying obsolete dams.

The Watershed Association has done its most extensive work to increase access along the lower Neponset River and Estuary in Boston, Milton, and Quincy.

In Boston and Milton, miles of the Neponset Greenway have been constructed and are used by thousands. This multi-use, flat, paved trail is off road, and is perfect for families and all abilities.

The Watershed Association also opened the 2 mile long Quincy Riverwalk in September of 2014, after many years of negotiations with other Greenway advocates, local politicians, businesses, and land owners.

Learn more

Learn more by contacting Executive Director, Ian Cooke at 781-575-0354 x305 or