Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning Studio and Student Research and Creative Activity

Publication Date

Spring 5-2010


ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Professor Jack Ahern and students are grateful for the opportunity to work with the talented and dedicated leadership of the City of Woburn. City of Woburn Participants Scott D. Galvin, Mayor Edmund P. Tarallo, Planning Director Brett Gonsalves, Senior Engineer, GIS Paul J. Denaro, Alderman at Large, President


In spring 2010, the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at the University of Massachusetts Amherst was asked to complete a landscape planning study, the “Western Woburn Greenway Study” for the City of Woburn, MA. The study was undertaken by a team of graduate students, supervised by Professor Jack Ahern. The goals of that study are as follows.

The City of Woburn currently has two large parcel groups of undeveloped land, Whispering Hill (the north focus area) and Winning/Shannon Farms (the south focus area) that are, or may become, available for acquisition (see “Scope of Project” below). The first goal of the study was to analyze these focus areas and conduct suitability assessments for potential land uses that meet the needs of the residents of Woburn, as well as meet the goals specified by the town’s 2004 Open Space and Recreation Plan. The analysis and land use recommendations could be used by the city in current and future land acquisition decisions.

The second goal of the study was to evaluate strategies and actions for connecting these focus areas with linkages to each other, to other existing open spaces in Woburn, and to other green spaces in neighboring towns. These linkages could be obtained with Green Streets and