Presidents Coast: A Marsh Madness Project

Marsh Madness, a 501c3 non-profit, has launched its newest initiative, the Presidents Coast. This project envisions a network of trails for walking, running, bicycling, exercising and all types of recreation with scenic overlooks, while connecting Quincy's peninsular coastline to the newly developed Quincy Center, and its broader transportation alternatives.

It will also provide residents of that new and expanding Quincy Center neighborhood, a scenic pedestrian pathway to Quincy's coastline, including beaches for swimming, open space for recreation, miles of off-road bicycling, access for fishing, areas for picnicking, kite flying, overlooks and much more.

It will create an alternative transportation path connecting the Neponset River watershed, the Fore River watershed and the Blue Hills Reservation to Quincy Center. The project seeks to plan and implement a network that takes advantage of existing infrastructure, and open spaces throughout the area, while enhancing the physical and ecological conditions of natural features and human-made structures, and fill in the gaps with proposed design and engineering solutions.

The good news is that we already own all the land.

We've hosted multiple public meetings where residents provided many of the best ideas. Working with BLD Bishop Land Design, the City of Quincy, Department of Natural Resources, DCR, NOAA, the EPA, DER, FEMA, and other public agencies and community members, we've created a landscape master plan and feasibility study for the primary portion of the project. The goal is to implement the community's desires and priorities, find the best alignments for this pedestrian network, and identify the permitting processes for implementation. This project aims to enhance ADA compliance in our shared open spaces, create safe paths to school for our kids, and improve the equity and quality of access to our waterfront, marshes, and other natural resources for residential neighborhoods. The project will also provide much needed infrastructure for emergency access and alternative transportation, including walking or cycling for commuting or leisure.

This is a quality-of-life project, improving access to our greatest natural resources.

                           P.J. Foley (617) 479-3800
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