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Workers from DCR, who put down a string of boulders across one of the few remaining parking lots in Stony Brook Reservation on Friday will remove them today - and pick up the trash that led them to put them there - state Rep. Rob Consalvo (14th Suffolk) says, adding that ISD will join the trash picker uppers to see if they can identify who dumped the trash and possibly fine them. Read more.
Update: State rep says the lot will be re-opened today.
DCR, which has been hauling boulders into Stony Brook Reservation for years to close off parking space, this weekend shut off access to a small parking lot on Enneking Parkway that provided access to the main paved path that circles around the reservation forest and Turtle Pond. Read more.
In response to uproar, DCR cuts Southwest Corridor bike-lane work to just three days, starting Thursday
After initially announcing two weeks of rolling closures of the Southwest Corridor bike path that was supposed to be an alternative to the shuttered Orange Line, DCR now says it only needs to do repair work for three days, starting on Thursday, Aug. 18. Read more.
Oh, come on: DCR announces two weeks of rolling closures of Southwest Corridor paths that other officials were touting as Orange Line alternative
Update: Work shortened to just three days, starting Thursday.
In the run up to Friday's month-long Orange Line shutdown, one of the alternatives touted by officials, at least for people south of downtown, was riding a bike up and down the Southwest Corridor. Read more.
Group pledges $20 million for new visitor center, other upgrades along the Charles near Mass General and new Gronk Playground
DCR reports it closed the Olsen Swimming Pool on Turtle Pond Parkway yesterday after learning somebody associated with the pool - who had last been there yesterday - had tested positive for Covid-19.
The pool and its grounds will be "deep cleaned and sanitized," DCR said, adding it does not know when the pool will re-open.
So they fixed it. In a project update, DCR writes: Read more.
DCR is aiming for a fall start of a pilot program to test various methods for restoring the banks of the Charles River Basin and reducing the amount of invasive trees and other plants along the banks that it says crowd out native species and reduce the vistas of the scenic waterway. Read more.
Of late, some concerned citizens have been filing 311 complaints about the M Street beach. Many are about overcrowding there, or the gross conditions or both. But some aggravated citizens are filing complaints about the boats:
Boats anchored too close to shore AND I didn't see resident parking stickers on them either.
State shuts parking lots and spaces at beaches in South Boston, Dorchester, East Boston and Quincy to try to keep people away
Starting tomorrow, DCR is closing the parking areas and spaces along the water from Constitution Beach in East Boston to Castle Island and down to Wollaston Beach because too many people were showing up at the beaches and not spacing themselves out enough.
Affected areas: Read more.
DCR posted this work to advertise its yearly unlimited parking pass for state parks. It's only $60, although DCR does allow as how it's not edible.
DCR officials will be visiting Roslindale and Jamaica Plain twice in a week to discuss ways to make the Arborway and Centre Street safer from Hebrew SeniorLife and Forest Hills up to Jamaica Pond - even as expansion plans at Faulkner Hospital could mean more cars on the road. Read more.
Some 100 area bicyclists took up positions as flexposts on the Fenway this morning to call for more permanent plastic sticks to better protect people riding in the bike lanes along DCR roads - and to do something about the intersection where a bicyclist died after being hit by a cement truck at the intersection with Brookline Avenue. Read more.
State officials held a formal dedication for the new playground at Camp Meigs Playground in Readville yesterday - complete with the ceremonial cutting of a red ribbon with large golden shears - but the kids in attendance mostly paid no attention at all, because they were too busy playing on all the cool new stuff. Read more.
Hyde Park neighbors raising funds to turn fenced-off vacant lot that used to be a park back into a park
Humans of Hyde Park interview Arielle Spivey and Lawrence Wyche, who have been leading an effort with the Southwest Community Development Corp. to transform
the fenced-off field of weeds and concrete on River Street across from Rosa Street back into the park it once was. Read more.
The state painted some fresh lines for parking spaces on Truman Parkway - unfortunately, they're supposed to be a bike lane
The recently finished DCR repaving of Truman Parkway in Hyde Park included the creation of a bike lane on the southbound side. But as Vivian Gerard discovered and photographed yesterday morning, motorists responded to the new lane by ignoring it. It's especially bad in front of the apartment building at 605 Truman, just before Fairmount Avenue, but a quick drive at lunchtime today showed both car owners and truck drivers ignoring the lane south of Fairmount as well.
A roving UHub photographer noticed DCR's announcement that it won't be emptying the trash receptacles on the Esplanade from now until April:
Looks like some slob has already started what will probably end up being a mountain of dog waste bags by April 1. What gives?
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