I will advocate for continued investment in our public parks and green spaces. These spaces are integral to the fabric of neighborhood life in our city—providing a place where neighbors, parents, and families can come together. They also help keep the city healthy and active. Our parks and green spaces are assets that we, as a city and state, have constructed over the years to great public benefit. We should not allow these assets to fall into disrepair.
During the Transportation Reform debate of 2009, I was the lead Senate sponsor of amendments to protect our parkways, which were at risk of being consolidated into the Massachusetts Highway Department. In the final bill the parkways were left to stay under the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) oversight, where most advocates of parks wanted them to stay. I am proud to have stood up in the Senate to protect our urban green spaces and will continue to do as your state senator.