Local state Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez is “excited” about the upcoming state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) meetings on improving safety and access for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists to the parklands and parkways of the Emerald Necklace in Jamaica Plain.
Sanchez is co-sponsoring the meetings with the Emerald Necklace Conservancy and state Rep. Liz Malia and state Sens. Sonia Chang-Diaz and Michael Rush.
The meetings, with the first one on Oct. 1, will focus on three different sections: Perkins Street and Parkman Drive; Centre Street from the VFW Parkway to Murray Circle; and the Arborway between Eliot Street and South Street, including Kelley Circle and Murray Circle. (See Agenda for more details.)
When asked about the meetings, Sanchez replied, “It’s about time” and that he is “excited” that DCR is committing resources to improving the Perkins Street and Parkman Drive intersection and to bettering the stretch of road along Centre Street and the Arborway.
He said he has been advocating improvements for that stretch of road for the last 15 years and credited DCR head Carol Sanchez for getting the department to focus on that. Carol Sanchez is not related to the state representative.