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Bill Hinkley

Bill Hinkley

Program Director, Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET)

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On May 16, the Mystic River Watershed Association combined several great activities into one day of fun in Somerville. The 14th Annual Herring Run & Paddle celebrated the Mystic River and the seasonal migration of river herring. This race highlights the many recreation opportunities just north of Boston just waiting to be explored

DCR’s Mystic River Reservation made for a terrific 5K run that kept us off the roads and on the multi-use trails that wind through the reservation. There was also a canoe/kayak race that took paddlers from the Blessing of the Bay Boathouse all the way into upper Mystic Lake. Congratulations to the “Iron Herrings” who completed both the 12-mile paddle and the 5K run! For the record, this blogger completed the 5K run in 23:20.

The Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) received a grant from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET) in 2009 to produce a Mystic River recreation guide intended to help people get out and enjoy the many amenities just north of Boston and easily accessible by the MBTA.

The city of Somerville also received a MET grant to revitalize the Blessing of the Bay Boathouse and to develop a path from Foss Park to guide people to this beautiful but often overlooked river.

Nearby, with another MET grant, the city of Everett is constructing its first canoe and kayak launch at Village Landing Park on the Malden River. The city of Medford received a grant to help reinvigorate Condon Shell Park and the Mystic Valley Development Commission was awarded to begin extending the Mystic Trail System up the Malden River. These grants will help make the Mystic a great destination for outdoor fun.

You don’t need to go far to find great outdoor spaces. The Mystic River has many beautiful areas for you discover by foot, bike, or boat. Come and visit!

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