The City of Somerville was awarded funding from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust in the fall of 2009 to develop the Blueback Herring River Route. Partnering organizations include Groundwork Somerville, the Mystic River Watershed Association, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, and the Somerville Arts Council.

The Blueback Herring River Route serves to link people from the popular public park, Foss Park, and the Mystic River at the DCR Blessing of the Bay Boathouse. Despite their proximity – about a half mile – few residents take advantage of the Mystic River as a valuable source of recreation and relaxation.  The Blueback Herring River Route will likely increase community knowledge and useage of the Mystic River. The walking route will be marked with signage placed on existing light and signage poles as well as by “footprints” on the sidewalk. Community input of the design of the signage/logo will be solicited during a community meeting facilitated by the City of Somerville. Kiosks at Foss Park and the DCR Blessing of the Bay Boathouse will designate the route as well. This easily recognizable design scheme can be used to further develop River Routes in other parts of the Mystic River Watershed.

Questions or to offer input please contact the City of Somerville’s Dana Spang at or 617-625-6600 x 2516.

Please check back for more information regarding the River Route and Community Meeting dates

Did you know that a Blueback Herring is one of two types of herring found in the Mystic River? The Alewife Herring also swims up the Mystic River in the spring to lay its eggs, or spawn.