The unused rail line between Needham and Medfield offers a wonderful opportunity for a rail trail conversion. This rail corridor has few road intersections and runs along the Needham Town Forest, then through miles of woods away from residences and along ponds and conservation land.
While we hope and expect that many will bike or walk to the opening, there will be ample parking available. Parking will be on the site between Charles River Street and Fisher Street. Needham Police will remove the gate next to the trail on Charles River Street, and you will be directed to park in a large open area adjacent to the trail. Additional parking is available at Redwing Bay, as shown in the image below.
At long last the trail in Needham has arrived, and plans are underway to celebrate the milestone!
Please join us on Sunday May 1st, from 2:00 - 4:00 on the trail between Charles River Street and Fisher Street, where just after 2:00 we will hold a short ceremony and formal ribbon cutting to mark the occasion.
There will also be some food and refreshments and a booth with information about the trail. And as a special bonus, the Needham High School Rail Trail Club will host a scavenger hunt for kids under 10.
With the second half of the trail construction project underway in Needham, volunteers had planned to hold a trail opening event along the 1.7 mile path on Saturday, December 5th.
Because of some delay in completing the surfacing work, in part due to Eversource tree clearing, the opening event has been postponed until Spring. We will announce here and elsewhere specifics on the Needham opening as soon as they are available.
Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 4-5 pm
Please join us on Saturday, October 17 for an exciting and energetic indoor charity ride at CycleBar in Wellesley. This ride will benefit the Bay Colony Rail Trail Association (BCRTA). Continued funding is needed for the installation of signs, fencing, kiosks, benches and road crossing improvements for the Needham corridor and 100% of funds raised will go towards making these improvements.
Our friends at the Needham Women’s Club, generous supporters of the rail trail, are hosting their annual Garden Tour on Sunday, June 14. They have selected the Bay Colony Rail Trail as a primary recipient of funds raised this year.
Please consider purchasing tickets to this lovely spring event. Every ticket purchased raises more funds for the Trail and its future. Early Access Tickets are $30 and include a special presentation at the Needham Historical Society with light refreshments and early access to the Garden Tour homes. For tickets and more information, please contact The Needham Women’s Club.
On October 25th, Newton celebrated the groundbreaking of the Upper Falls Greenway, the first section of the Bay Colony Rail Trail to become a reality. We are excited to share this local Newton TV news story from the event:
The infographic below represents the approach BCRT is proposing in Needham, where the project continues to gain momentum, leading up to the Town Meeting on Nov. 4th, where we hope to win approval for leasing the right of way from the MBTA.
For more on the Needham portion of the project, visit needham.baycolonyrailtrail.org.
On March 4, about 50 Needham residents participating in an open forum hosted by the Needham Parks and Recreation Department expressed general support for the Bay Colony Rail Trail, running from Needham Junction to the Charles River at Red Wing Bay. A series of small discussion groups provided an opportunity to gather suggestions and concerns on a wide range of issues including trail access and parking, abutters' privacy, safety and maintenance, and trail amenities. A full write-up from the meeting is available here.
Conceptual Planning and Design Study
We have kicked off the CPC-funded study, with the engineering firm Fay, Spofford and Thorndike (FST). We're very excited about the effort - these folks are pros, and have done many projects like this for other local communities, from which we can learn useful lessons.
Regular BCRT Needham meetings will be on the following dates, all in the same room at the PSAB on Dedham Ave. Though focused on the Needham of the trail, all are welcome to attend.