glad people are thinking about how to bring attention.....
just for some historical context, some of us brought the Draw 7 park to the
attention of a group of artists who seek out "out of the way, unrecognized
urban areas around greater Boston" for annual art installation exhibits.
The Reclaimation Artists found Draw 7 SO compelling that they actually
returned for two years running ( this was now about 4-5 yrs ago) It got a
good bit of press and I will try to track down the websites that were
available on their work, which the last year was focused on the potential
for transportation and the potential T stop.
As for current efforts, I sent Bryce a note that indeed it is not feasible
to make the Herring Run go over the dam this year-- even if the dam open.
The plan is to have a boat for the day and run tours from Blessing of the
BAy up to the dam-- I think that there is something possibly even more
powerful about people experiencing the sense of connection at the dam from
I am very much in favor of considering alternatives to a 5K road race to
focus on the dam crossing itself-- I think it is important to make it seem
accessible (and of value) to your average citizen-- many of who would not
be caught running........BUT I think that the pedestrian/walking movements
in Somerville and neighboring towns are a perfect link. The Herring Run has
long wanted to do something less athletic, like a fun run or walk which
could attract more people....we have the Fingerling Fling canoe event in
August-- how about the Fingerling Fling Fun Walk in Sept (the fingerlings
are the little fish that are heading out to sea at that time of the year,
so called because of their size.)
We already have a few nibbles on groups walking to the Mystic Herring Run
Festival-- possibly from Draw 7/Assembly Sq, from Davis Sq, etc. We could
win some new allies if we continue to support fun ways to be part of the
local movement to get folks out exercising-- and if along, and even across
the river--even better!
Any one interested in trying to head up a Walk to the festival group from
Gateway on May 2nd??? This group could wave to the Somerville group and see
how long it takes to link up at Rt 28!
From: Robert Mela r.mela@...
Date: Sun, 08 Feb 2004 18:59:13 -0000
Subject: [MysticCrossing] Re: Events where people can walk on water
Last year Everett had a waterfront day at the new park near the mall.
There were rides, business and community group tables, and some
emergency vehicles which my toddler was just enthralled over.
Perhaps coupling a run ( similar to the herring run ) to that event
would be useful. There could also be walking tours from the even
grounds to the dam ( since the mall is so close ). It'd be a nice
addition to an event which already seems to have some attendance.
As for bike races, it's a drag that races involve travelling great
distances -- to Wachusett, to VT and NH. It'd be nice to have some
local events. I keep racking my brain for a way to use the
waterfront parks to build something like a cyclocross route -- the
Wellington Greenway, the new park at the Gateway mall...
I've also thought about creating commuter races -- like cyclocross,
but involving bunny-jumping potholes, pedestrian hazards, artificially
narrow spaces, and "traffic lights" as a sort of "hazard" ( you need
to time or beat the lights to do well, and are penalized if you miss
the yellow and run a red. Stopping also forces people to accelerate
from zero... folks who can do track stands would be at an advantage :)
). Instead of a finish line there would be a computer from which you
would need to send an email -- the time that the email is sent would
be your finishing time.
Er... I get carried away. Maybe just a 5k run coupled with Everett's
waterfront festival would do.
--- In MysticCrossing@yahoogroups.com
, "Bryce Nesbitt" <bryce1@o...>
> As Anthony Flint wrote in the Globe, Draw 7 park and the Earhart Dam
> are "among the least known features in the Boston area". Can we
> change that?
> What festival or event could be attracted to Draw 7 park?
> What run or walk could go over the dam, under a special permit?
> With a high enough profile event, there's be a good case to the DCR
> for a one-time opening of the dam top. Temporary ropes and extra
> personell would help manage the traffic, and compensate for the
> deficiencies of the current crossing. Any ideas? "Take me to the
> River", and beyond?
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