In 1996, the Fenway Alliance launched what ultimately became a multi-phase $92 million restoration of the Muddy River Parklands section of Frederick Law Olmsted’s famed Emerald Necklace Park System. To reverse the damage inflicted by decades of neglect and a series of devastating flood events in the 1990s, the Fenway Alliance has provided oversight to a project involving 11 local, state and federal agencies and 25 civic groups. The Muddy River Restoration Project reflects the core strengths of the Alliance.
These parklands comprise one of the jewels in renowned landscape architect’s Frederick Law Olmsted’s famous Emerald Necklace. The Alliance has lead a ten-year advocacy effort to 1) raise awareness of the need for flood mitigation and river and park restoration, 2) secure federal funding and 3) involve the United States Army Corps of Engineers to implement this critical project.