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July 18th, 2010 by Harrumpher Leave a reply »

neponsetsignAbruptly, an excellent pick-a-nick spot has appeared at the Milton/Boston line. Just Southwest of Mattapan Square, the Netponset Esplanade Park awaits picnickers, gawkers and canoers.

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It has:

  • Easy access from where Rte. 28 South curves and Truman Parkway branches off
  • Parking for a dozen or so vehicles, including two big handicap-access spaces
  • Lots of shade
  • Five picnic table/bench combos
  • A half dozen sturdy benches beside the path
  • Two river overlooks with wooden seats
  • Stairway to the river, a canoe/kayak launch

neponsetmapIt does not have:

  • Grills
  • Toilets
  • Water fountains

neponsetoverlookWatching the languid and sporadic development of the walkway beside the river has not inspired confidence in its completion. Seeing the precipitous and nearly entirely blocked banks of the Neponset on both sides was also foreboding. Would there be any way to get to or even get a good look at this urban river?

neponsettablesWell, the answer is clearly yes. A look at the master plan shows more of the same coming. The inset here includes a section from that showing where this new park is and its features.

I’ll try to be a bit more patient. I’ll certainly take my pick-a-nick basket down to a quiet, shady park with easy access.neponsetstairs

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