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Aerial View of Massachusetts Avenue

The Esplanade Association

Designing Parks for Green Transportation 

Presented by Esplanade Association

May 4 from 4:00PM to 5:00PM



This virtual panel will feature a conversation and Q&A session with representatives from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation, community non-profits, public realm designers, and transportation planners. Join us to learn more about how park design projects can contribute to "green transportation" networks with shared-use paths that accommodate people on foot, and on wheels -- without sacrificing safety for park visitors. Attendees will hear about an innovative 2022 pilot project which used custom-designed painted symbols to encourage visitors to slow down, share paths, and look out for one another in Massachusetts' most popular state park.

Moderator Gerald Autler is Director of Trails and Greenways at DCR, which builds and manages trails and shared-use paths across the Commonwealth. Gerald lives in Boston and uses his bicycle as his primary mode of transportation within the city.


Panelist Alysoun Wright is an Associate at Stoss Landscape Urbanism and a registered architect. She holds a dual-degree Master in Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning from Harvard's Graduate School of Design, and a BS in Architecture and a Master of Architecture from Northeastern.


Panelist Jessica Mortell is a Principal at Neighborways Design, with a mission to help communities build networks of traffic-calmed streets that are inviting for people of all ages, and prioritize biking and walking.


Panelist Alyson Fletcher brings an interdisciplinary approach to transportation planning at Nelson Nygaard. She has expertise in multimodal, parking, and transportation demand projects as well as designs for improved intersections and streetscape facilities.


Panelist Alison Badrigian is the Director of Projects & Planning at the Esplanade Association. The Esplanade Association is a Boston-based nonprofit that works to revitalize and enhance the Charles River Esplanade, sustain its natural green space, and build community in the park in partnership with DCR.

Massachusetts Avenue Overview

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