The Casey Arborway project began as an engineered solution for repairing the defective bridge bisecting the Jamaica Plain neighborhood as it approaches the Arnold Arboretum. Following the decision to remove the bridge, CSS joined the design team to strengthen the landscape framework for this greatly extended public realm.
The overall Arborway plan draws upon Frederick Law Olmsted’s 1892 vision for a fully connected parkway along Boston’s Emerald Necklace. The tree-lined boulevard links to the regional park network and new plantings enhance the experience for cyclists on new cycle tracks. A series of nodes along the corridor weave into the existing context, breakdown the larger scale of the corridor, uncover existing features such as the West Roxbury Courthouse and create additional points of interest. Two new plazas at the existing Forest Hills MBTA Station and a new northern head house provide new program opportunities for residents and serve to celebrate the renewed connectivity of the neighborhood.
The project began construction in Spring 2014.