Councilor Arroyo will be joining us and providing an update on city and District 5 issues. Roslindale Green & Clean will be letting us know about their work. Other topics include: 104-108 Walter Street; Racial Equity; Centre & Walter Street Intersection and Zoning Variances at 1580 Centre, 35 Conniston Rd, and 53 Tyndale. Joe Coppinger, our neighborhood liaison will also be on hand. All are welcomed!
World Wetlands Day – Take a Winter Hike and Explore a Local Wetland
Boston is celebrating World Wetlands Day throughout the month of February with a series of self-guided walks at inland wetlands and urban wild sites at Canterbury Brook, the Roslindale Wetlands, and Sherrin Woods. Boston’s wetlands are a critical part of green infrastructure contributing to climate resiliency and reducing heat island effects. Mayor Walsh and the Boston City Council have proclaimed February 2nd as World Wetlands Day. The day commemorates the signing of the Ramsar Convention, an international treatyfor the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands and this year is the 50th anniversary.
Citizen volunteers in Boston celebrate and steward the City’s wetlands with innovative initiatives such as Southwest Boston CDC’s Green Team focusing on Sherrin Woods, the Longfellow Area Neighborhood Association (LANA) integrating wetlands conservation with creation of new affordable housing at the Roslindale Wetlands. On the eastern edge of Roslindale Mount Hope residents are working to turn a highly degraded waterway and wetland, Canterbury Brook, into a local amenity and asset.
To celebrate World Wetlands Day, take a walk in one of the nearby wetlands areas – Canterbury Brook, the Roslindale Wetlands, or Sherrin Woods. Winter allows one to see animal tracks and wonder at ice patterns. All site walks are relatively easy. Dress warm, wear sturdy shoes or boots, wear your mask, and please socially distance.
There are over 580,000 acres of wetlands in Massachusetts. Wetlands are complex eco-systems that provide important benefits, including: enhancing water quality; contributing to climate resiliency and the overall health of the environment and ecological systems; providing a critical source of green infrastructure; aiding drainage and stormwater management; minimizing flooding; sequestering and storing excess carbon; spawning and feeding area for fisheries; providing wildlife habitat; and a place for recreation, outdoor exploration and beauty.
Boston Celebrates World Wetlands Day: https://www.roslindalewetlands.org/Home/world-wetlands-day
Roslindale Wetlands: https://www.boston.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/urban-wilds-roslindale
Mount Hope/ Canterbury Neighborhood Association https://www.facebook.com/events/780-american-legion-hwy-roslindale-ma-02131-3908-united-states/january-mt-hopecanterburyalh-neighborhood-association-meeting/571330173716549/
For more information: Kathy McCabe, 617 549-7985, firstname.lastname@example.org
LANA will meet at 7 pm on Monday, January 11th, 2021 via Zoom. Please register by Eventbrite (link is below). Everyone is welcomed. Agenda items include:
- Zoning variances
- 34-36 Guernsey
- 15-17 Arborough Road.
- Amendments to the LANA Bylaws (Click on links below to see the original bylaws and proposed changes)
- Net Zero Energy and Climate Change. Brief presentation by James Michel, founder of the Boston Clean Energy Coalition.
- Community Choice Electricity – Your Questions Answered – Presentation and Q&A with Aidan Smith, Boston’s Community Choice Electricity Outreach Coordinator.
Please register no later than 6 pm of the day of the meeting to get the Zoom link. We are trying to avoid Zoom bombers. Thanks. All are welcome.
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!
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 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.
LANA will be holding its bi-monthly board meeting on Monday, November 9, 2020 at 7 pm. This will be a virtual meeting on Zoom. We are asking people to register via Eventbrite. You will then be emailed the Zoom link in late afternoon a couple hours before the meeting. We are asking people to pre-register so that we can avoid Zoom bombers. All are welcomed to attend.
Highlights of the November LANA Board meeting include:
- State Representative Nika Elugardo will be joining us to update us on legislative issues.
- Beacon Academy who recently acquired 814 South Street will be introducing themselves to LANA and the neighborhood.
- Brief discussion on a resident’s requested zoning variance at 1504 Centre to enable interior improvements.
- Update on the future of 104-108 Walter Street for affordable home ownership and protection of Roslindale Wetlands.
Click here to access the agenda for the LANA board meeting. If you have questions or wish LANA to address an issue, please email: email@example.com.
One of our neighbors in the LANA area created a form for people to fill out if they will be doing COVID-safe candy distribution for trick-or-treaters on Halloween. They will use the form to generate a map that folks can download or print so they can know where to find houses to trick or treat at that are taking precautions. Only fill out if you will be giving out candy. The form is here: https://forms.gle/VkuYNHTf4wadN2W38
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.