Boston City Council Supports LAND grant and Endorses Saving 108 Walter for Open Space
Councilors O’Malley and Arroyo sponsored a resolution supporting the recently awarded LAND – Local Acquisition for Natural Diversity – grant to the City of Boston from the state. The grant provides funding to help the City purchase the largest privately owned parcel, 108 Walter Street, in the Roslindale Wetlands Urban Wild area for permanent use as open space. The resolution passed unanimously.
Thank you, Boston City Councilors, for your support!
Sign the Petition for 104-108 Walter Street
We need your help and support to get the City to take the final actions to acquire 104-108 Walter Street before the end of 2020! Please sign the petition and voice your support. Get your friends and neighbors to sign it, too. You can sign the petition at change.org by clicking here: Petition · Marty Walsh: Support for Open Space, Climate Resiliency, & Affordable Housing at 104-108 Walter Street · Change.org
Governor announces LAND grant for the Roslindale Wetlands
Governor Baker announced on November 5, 2020 that Boston will be receiving $387,005 grant from the Local Acquisition for Natural Diversity (LAND) program administered by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. This money will help purchase 108 Walter Street, the largest unprotected parcel in the Roslindale Wetlands. See: Baker-Polito Administration Announces $8.7 Million to Support Local Parks, Land Conservation | Mass.gov for additional details.
LANA and the Roslindale Wetlands Task Force worked closely with the City of Boston on this successful application. Senator Mike Rush and Representatives Ed Coppinger and Nika Elugardo helped support the LAND grant application. City Councilors Arroyo, Campbell, Essaibi-George, Flaherty, O’Malley, Mejia, and Wu all registered their support as well.
104-108 Walter Street Community Workshop/Charrette II- Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 7 pm
Attend the online community workshop to see alternative site plans based on the ideas and comments from participants in the Oct. 1 community workshop.
We’ll explore how to best balance the goals of advancing equity with the creation of up to four units of affordable home ownership, largely on 104 Walter, and climate resiliency with the conservation of open space, largely on 108 Walter.
Advance registration is required and ends one hour prior to the event.
LANA thanks the Kuehn Charitable Foundation and CEDAC for their support.
Roslindale Wetlands Discovery Walk – Sunday, October 18, 2020, 2 pm
Come see the Roslindale Wetlands in the fall and learn about 104-108 Walter Street, the largest remaining privately-owned section of the Roslindale Wetlands Urban Wild. The City is receptive to acquiring this property for protecting the wetlands and creating several (up to four) units of affordable homeownership. Come explore the area and see what it’s all about in expectation of future community meetings to help shape the future of this important piece of land.
Gather at the corner of Selwyn and Robken Road. Please wear your mask and practice social distancing. Sturdy shoes are advised.