At a Glance

West Roxbury, located in Boston’s southwest corner and bordered by Roslindale and Hyde Park, was founded in 1630 and annexed by the City of Boston in 1874. Like its bordering neighborhoods, West Roxbury saw major residential growth when the Boston and Providence Railroad began construction.

Today, West Roxbury is a suburban neighborhood in an urban setting, characterized by tree-lined streets and single family homes. Residents enjoy easy access to Downtown Boston via the Needham Line of the Commuter Rail and MBTA buses. 100-acre Millennium Park, to the west, offers miles of trails and a canoe launch for the Charles River. Part of 475-acre Stony Brook Reservation borders West Roxbury to the east, offering twelve miles of hiking trails as well as fishing and swimming at Turtle Pond. A number of smaller parks dot the neighborhood between these two large green spaces. 

West Roxbury’s main commercial district extends along Centre Street, including restaurants, shops, and banks. West Roxbury Main Streets supports local business owners. Sugar Bakery and VA Boston Healthcare System are two well-known tenants of the neighborhood. 

Community Engagement Managers

The Community Engagement Managers (CEM) of the BPDA are responsible for assisting staff members with the coordination of all outreach in regard to planning initiatives and proposed development in Boston's neighborhoods. CEMs work to ensure each BPDA external process actively reflects the community's goals, in addition to being the point of contact for constituent questions. Have questions about a certain project in your neighborhood? Feel free to reach out them:


Naoise McDonnell

Community Engagement Manager

Department: Communications


South Dorchester, Fenway, Newmarket Study Area, South End, West Roxbury


For information about planning context, zoning, or BPDA review processes, please contact [email protected].