Bussey Brook Meadow Boardwalk

The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, Boston MA

A project to improve neighborhood access and connectivity.


Practice Landscape is working in collaboration with Horsley Witten Group and architect Kiel Moe to improve equity and accessibility to public open space at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.

Bussey Brook Meadow Boardwalk, a proposed elevated structure providing safe, sustainable transit for pedestrians along a steep stretch of South Street that currently lacks sidewalks. Establishing a crucial ADA-accessible Greenlink connector for pedestrians and bicyclists, the boardwalk offers a remarkable opportunity to reaffirm Frederick Law Olmsted’s vision of democratic access to nature in Boston while improving accessibility for neighboring communities historically excluded from amenities and interaction with the Arboretum. Learn more about the project at the Arnold Arboretum. 

There is an opportunity to create connectivity with the neighborhoods adjacent the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University and transform what has long been an under-served “back side” of the Arboretum into an important set of new experiences and services that help fulfill Olmsted’s vision of equal access to large-scale green, public landscapes.

And learn about the The Roslindale Gateway Path Project to improve carbon-free transportation and green space equity for the city of Boston.