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By Joyce Westner

August 16 - The Mystic River Watershed Association (MYRWA) has obtained nearly $200,000 in grant money to create a shared use path along Mystic Valley Parkway.  According to their website, “The project will bring accessible facilities to a section of the Mystic Lakes State Park that has not seen community input or investment in decades.”

According to MYRWA, the two-mile path will be part of the Mystic Greenways Initiative – now two-thirds complete – that will connect 25 miles of paths and improve hundreds of acres of parklands from the Mystic Lakes to the Boston Harbor. “These new grants are part of a major renaissance along the Mystic River and its tributaries, with over $100 million in park and pathway projects currently under design or construction.”

“The Town of Winchester is thrilled to hear about the recent grant to advance development of a 2-mile shared use path along Mystic Valley Parkway,” said Winchester Town Manager Beth Rudolph. “The Town, working in conjunction with MassDOT and the communities of Woburn and Stoneham completed construction of the Tri-Community Greenway several years ago. This new path will create a connection between the existing bikeway, the Wedgemere commuter rail station, the DCR-owned Shannon Beach, and other recreation amenities. The new path will be a tremendous asset for Winchester residents and the region as a whole.”

“I’m very excited to see progress being made to upgrade the Mystic Valley Parkway in Winchester to include a shared use path,” said State Senator Jason Lewis. “These projects are excellent ways to foster engagement in the community, and to provide environmentally-friendly transportation options, improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists, and promote local businesses and economic development.”

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