The Mary Ellen Welch Greenway is a recreational open space in East Boston that runs from the historic Jeffries Point Waterfront through the neighborhood towards Constitution Beach and beyond. Residents of all ages use it running, jogging, walking, biking, or just strolling while taking in the historic and ecological beauty of various points along its length. Though the Greenway is part-owned by the city of Boston and in part by Massport, the Friends of the Mary Ellen Welch Greenway, an organization of residents, stewards its use and serves as the stewardship body.

Greenway Council Meetings

The Mary Ellen Welch Greenway Council typically meets the last Thursday of each month between 6:30 to 7:30 pm at the Anna Defronzo Senior Center (395 Maverick St, East Boston, MA 02128).

Due to the covid-19 contingency we are meeting via zoom and will continue to do so until further notice.

Please register in advance for this meeting:

2021 Greenway Council Meeting Dates

*4th Thursday of each month at 6:30 – 7:30 PM

  • Thursday, May 27, 2021, 6:30 PM
  • Thursday, June 24, 2021, 6:30 PM
  • Thursday, July 22, 2021, 6:30 PM
  • August – No meeting
  • Thursday, September 23, 2021, 6:30 PM
  • Thursday, October 28, 2021, 6:30 PM
  • Thursday, November 18, 2021, 6:30 PM
  • December – No Meeting


To care and advocate for the use, condition, enhancement, and extension of the Mary Ellen Welch Greenway in collaboration with the community, Boston Parks and Recreation Department, Massachusetts Port Authority, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, and other aligned partners.


We envision the Mary Ellen Welch Greenway to be a beautiful, inclusive, safe, and dynamic park providing:

  • enjoyment through recreation, active transportation, and appreciation of nature;
  • equal access to all, with a focus on serving the diverse community of East Boston;
  • high quality open space and access to Boston Harbor and coastal environments;
  • resiliency to climate change and coastal flooding through green infrastructure;
  • connections within East Boston and to neighboring communities to create a regional greenway network; and
  • education of residents and visitors about the legacy of Mary Ellen Welch and her commitment, to the vision for the Greenway through her dedication to advocacy and consensus in the community