This family-friendly event showcases Frederick Law Olmsted’s forgotten Beacon Street bridleway, constructed in the 1880s. The bridleway once paralleled the trolley tracks the entire length of Beacon Street in Brookline between Audubon Circle and Cleveland Circle. Although it was a pleasant, tree-lined route for horseback riding, the bridleway was repurposed for car parking with the coming of motor cars in the twentieth century. A renewed plan calls for the restoration of Olmsted’s bridleway as a low-stress, active-transportation link along the Beacon Street median.
On Saturday, October 5, from 10 AM to 2 PM, a portion of the old path will be closed for car parking and opened for strolling, jogging, scooting, biking, and a variety of community activities. Come re-imagine the space as a community amenity in the heart of Brookline. Discover the history of the bridleway, try out a section, ask questions, and provide feedback about your experience. Come early and enjoy free bagels, coffee and hot mulled cider while they last.
This event is organized by the Brookline Bicycle Advisory Committee and the Friends of the Beacon Bridleway, with the support of the Brookline GreenSpace Alliance, Climate Action Brookline, and LivableStreets Alliance.