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Public online meeting on initial designs for the Mystic Lakes Path to be held April 23

Winchester is one of 21 communities which make up the Mystic River Watershed. COURTESY PHOTO/MYSTIC RIVER WATERSHED ASSOCIATION

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The following was submitted by the Mystic River Watershed Association:

The Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) is inviting members of the public to attend the second public meeting for the Mystic Lakes Path Improvements Project, to be held on Tuesday, April 23, from 6- 7:30 p.m. via Zoom.

To register, visit tinyurl.com/mysticlakes2

The Mystic Lakes Path Improvements Project aims to promote the development of a two-mile shared use path along the Mystic Lakes in Medford and Arlington, enhancing its quality, use, and ecological value.

The goals of the project are to improve safety and accessibility, enhance recreational experiences, improve the ecological health of the Mystic Lakes, and promote active transportation within the Mystic River Reservation path network.

At this meeting, the project team will share initial design ideas based on a land survey, a traffic study, and public input. MyWRA invite residents to learn more and share your thoughts.

Materials from the public meeting and opportunities for online engagement will be available after the date of the meeting at mysticriver.org/mysticlakespath. This website also includes materials from the first public meeting, held on Feb. 13 and will be updated as work progresses.

The 76-square-mile Mystic River Watershed stretches from Reading through the northern shoreline of Boston Harbor to Revere. An Anglicized version of the Pequot word missi-tuk (“large river with wind- and tide-driven waves”), it is now one of New England’s most densely populated, urbanized watersheds.

Its 21 municipalities are home to 600,000 residents, including many who are disproportionately vulnerable to extreme weather: environmental justice communities, new Americans, residents of color, elders, low-income residents and employees, people living with disabilities and English-language learners. 

The Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) builds shared solutions so that all people, no matter who you are or where you live across the Mystic River Watershed, have safe and easy access to nature and a healthy environment. MyRWA believes that understanding the roots of current inequity, access to information, and opportunities to learn about the natural world empower us all to work together for a better future in the Mystic.

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