Happy Trail

An unexpected urban park you can walk, run, or ride

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idden in plain sight down the spine of densely populated neighborhoods in Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, the Back Bay, and the South End is a nearly five-mile cycling, running, and walking path with basketball and tennis courts, playgrounds, wading pools, and open green areas that provide a perfect escape for cyclists, joggers, families, dogs, and their owners. It also makes a great commuting route that beats rush hour on the Southeast Expressway or the T. Thornton

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The Southwest Corridor Park follows the route of what was at one time envisioned to become a 12-lane highway linking Boston’s southern neighborhoods to Cambridge until residents lay down in front of the bulldozers to block construction.

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