Last Updated September 29, 2011Greenspace


Our community needs more greenspace.

The Talbot Norfolk Triangle [TNT] is part of Dorchester - the largest, most diverse neighborhood of Boston - yet has some of the least amounts of open greenspace.

Our community faces changes with the coming of the Fairmount/Indigo MBTA line. These changes include: development of an additional 100 units of housing (a 25% increase); increased auto and foot traffic traveling through our streets; and construction of the new Fairmont Greenway. In the midst of transit-oriented development, we believe that it is vital to preserve balance between local greenspace, housing, and commercial development. Therefore, our efforts focus on reclaiming vacant city and privately-held lots in our community - especially because open space currently represents less than 5% of neighborhood land use in the TNT. We want to proactively shape green, open spaces for children, teenagers and adults in light of these coming changes.

Vision for a Multi-Site Urban Garden

A multi-site urban garden will transform the TNT neighborhood by creating a walkable route that connects green spaces in the community. Planned play areas, passive parks, urban gardens and orchards are a few of the projects neighbors want to see come to fruition! A multi-site urban garden will:
  • Preserve urban green space and provide balance in an area marked by active housing development. TNT has 300 housing units (source: 2000 census), with plans for a potential 100+ additional units in the next 2-4 years.
  • Promote physical activity and neighbor interaction. Neighbors of all ages will be able to relax, converse, play and learn in new open, green areas.
  • Encourage healthier eating. The community garden will encourage and facilitate eating fresh, local food.
  • Provide learning opportunities. Collaborations with urban greenspace groups and local schools will bring learning opportunities to our neighborhood.
  • Engage youth in employment opportunities. Environmentally-focused internships for teens will provide youth opportunities to learn skills to equip them for work in the green economy while furthering the goals of the TNT Greenspace Master Plan.
  • Inspire community pride!

Our Corner-by-Corner Strategy (5-10 years)

93 Norfolk Street. During the summer of 2009, we transformed 93 Norfolk Street into a small-scale, low-cost, ecological pocket park. In 2010, the Sustainable Sites Initiative recognized this newly created 'Garden of Peace' as a pilot project for the development of their guidance & performance benchmarks.

106 Norfolk Street. Neighbors and youth are busy transforming this old house lot into a new community garden where children are able to learn about gardening. Construction began summer 2011 and will be completed in 2012. Plots will be available to grow fresh, local produce. One half of the plots are to be used by children and youth programs.

Norfolk Street Corridor. With partners like the Urban Ecology Institute's CityRoots program, community members will plant 10-15 new flowering cherry trees to line Norfolk Street.

1 Woodrow Avenue. The small, triangular lot has been identified as a potential site for a future dog park. Members of the community would like to beautify the space by adding flowering trees and benches.

2 & 4 Woodrow Avenue. Community members would like to see this space become a gateway park reflecting the pride and history of our community. Conveniently located close to local restaurants, this space could be transformed with perennials, trees, mosaics, and seating areas to become an outdoor café. The history of the Talbot-Norfolk Triangle and a memorial park would be established here.

36-38 Colonial Avenue. These two vacant lots with landscaping and beautification work could become a future bird sanctuary.

131-135 Southern Avenue. One of the largest vacant lots that remain, neighbors agree that the creation of a fruit orchard or a large community garden would beautify and improve the lots on Southern Avenue. Native Dorchester species of apple and pear trees would be planted in this space.

Past and Present Partners Helping Make this Vision a Reality

Talbot-Norfolk Triangle Neighbors United
City of Boston
Codman Square NDC
Codman Square Health Center
Dorchester Environmental Health Coalition
Urban Ecology Institute
Sustainable Neighborhoods Group
The Trust for Public Land

To learn more or help us with our greenspace projects, please contact Paul by email or phone 617-929-0925.

Contact The Boston Project by phone at 617-929-0925 weekdays between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm (Eastern), or by email at .