Spicket River Greenway
The Spicket River Greenway, now complete, is a 3.5 mile long "emerald bracelet" of green spaces and walking paths connecting parks and open space through multiple neighborhoods, meeting multiple bottom lines by helping the community achieve the dual goals of riverfront restoration and neighborhood revitalization. The Greenway, envisioned by the community over 15 years ago, has come to fruition through a multi-year collaborative effort that has included GWL, local, state, and Federal government, numerous community organizations, and a diverse group of stakeholders that over the years have: participated in the 2002 Urban RiverVisions planning and charrette sessions; advocated for enforcement efforts against illegal dumping with the Spicket River Task Force and the Clean Spicket Campaign; and championed reclamation of the river with direct action, including the thousands of residents who have cleared over 120 tons of debris and thousands of tires from the Spicket River's banks over the course of annual Cleanups that started in 2002. Ten anchor sites along the Greenway have recently been rehabilitated or built: Dr. Nina Scarito Park, Misserville Skate Park, William Kennedy Playstead, Manchester Street Park, Immigrant Place park, Hayden Schofield Playstead, Spray Park, Facella, Oxford paper site and Ferrous site. For it's impact, the Greenway received an honorable mention for the U.S. Conference of Mayors 2013 Livability Award. The Spicket River Greenway is a truly transformative project that has created numerous benefits to the residents, visitors and business in the city, such as:
Thank you to WalkBoston for helping us create this map with support from the MA Smart Growth Great Neighborhoods Initiative!
Watch the Greenway Videos!
Background Information and News Coverage
- Kudos and Thanks to the Many Who Make a Difference (Eagle Tribune Editorial 6/8/2013)
- Spicket River Greenway Opens (Eagle Tribune 6/3/2013)
- Innovation - Spiffing Up the Spicket (Merrimack Valley Magazine May/June 2013)
- Public Meeting to Discuss New Park on the Spicket River Greenway (Eagle Tribune 4/12/2013)
- Getting to the Greenway: A Walking Assessment for WalkBoston and Groundwork Lawrence, prepared by Mariko Davidson and Jocelyn Drummond MCP, DUSP, MIT (January 31, 2012)
- Two MIT Grad Students Help Make a City Walkable
- Commonwealth Invests in Lawrence with Multi-Million Dollar Gateway Initiative Grant to Fund River Revitalization (pdf)
- EPA Brownfields Success Story-Spicket River Greenway
- Spicket River Greenway Overview Graphic
- Spicket River Natural Resource Assessment
- Spicket River Greenway Design Guidelines
Green Team's Involvement with the Spicket River Greenway:
- Reviving the Spicket River Poster 2010
- Reviving the Spicket River Pamphlet 2010 (English)
- Reverdeciendo el rio Spicket 2010 (Spanish)
- Green Team's Ecological Rapid Assessments of the Spicket River (2004)
Visit our Spicket River Cleanup Page to learn more about our annual cleanup event!