Reminder: Meeting to Discuss Proposed Off-Leash Dog Park in JP on Wednesday

Here's some gggrreat news for dog lovers! The Department of Conservation and Recreation will be presenting a proposal for an off-leash dog park near Anson Street in Jamaica Plain at a public meeting on April 5th. After a presentation, DCR officials would like to fetch receive feedback on the proposal.  A DCR memo said the park is "part of an ongoing initiative by DCR to designate additional off-leash dog areas within state parks." DCR officials were scheduled to talk about a proposed off-leash dog park in Hyde Park on March 21st.


Proposal: Make Murray Circle Into Two Roundabouts

Proposal for changes to Murray Circle. Credit: Toole Design Group
A historic overhaul of the Arborway could be in the works, with the aim of improving pedestrian and bike safety. This week the Department of Conservation and Recreation held two public meetings at the Arboretum where a design firm put out a "starter idea" that's sure to get Jamaica Plain talking: Take the big rotary where Centre meets the Arborway and turn it into two roundabouts. That's just one of the big ideas floated this week. Resident Clay Harper attended both meetings and published an informative summary at his "Arborway Matters" blog.

Near tree plantings along the Arborway, July 2014.

New Trees Planted Along Arborway

Resident Clay Harper noticed dozens of red oaks being planted this week along the Arborway. Harper said that, by his count, the Department of Conservation and Recreation had planted 41 trees as of Wednesday: Thirty between the Upper Arborway and Arborway proper in the median between Hillside and Centre, eight in the median between Kelly and Murray circles and three on the Arboretum side near the gate that gives on to the Hunnewell Building. "From my perspective, this is a very welcome sight and timely restoration of the Parkway character," Harper wrote in an email, "but it is unclear to me how this might effect some of DCR's planning for the Hunnewell crosswalk." The state and community groups have been working on how to make that crosswalk safer for pedestrians and bicyclists. The health of oaks along the Jamaicaway has been an issue in recent years, with grub infestations harming mature trees.