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With the second half of the trail construction project underway in Needham, volunteers are planning to hold a trail opening event along the 1.7 mile path on Saturday, December 5th.

The opening, from 10:00 to 2:00, will include several stations along the trail, each featuring delicious fare from local restaurants and stores - just the motivation needed to walk some or all of the distance! At noon, a short ceremony is planned, featuring local civic leaders.

More details to come, but mark the day and we hope you can join us out on the trail!

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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 in Dover away from residences and along ponds and conservation land.

Fun Indoor Ride to Support BCRT!

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.

Needham Garden Tour Tickets Now Available

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.

Upper Falls Greenway Groundbreaking on October 25th

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:


Needham's Phased Project Overview, as Presented to Board of Selectmen (9/17)

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 

Initial Needham Public Forum Update

 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

Needham Update and Upcoming Meetings, February 2013

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.

Upcoming Meetings

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.

Great Opportunity to Help Fund BCRT

We're delighted to announce that Needham Bank has offered another generous gift, along with a challenge, to support the BCRT.

Needham Bank was among the first donors to step up and support the BCRTA in a major way when we first started our adventure.

Because the bank is our local community bank - their folks work here and live here - they can see that a safe and beautiful rail trail would be a wonderful asset for all of us who live in the area.

To help us to push ahead with the trail, Needham Bank has extended a challenge that kicks off on January 2, 2013:

BCRT Needham: November Meeting Notes

Last night, November 28, there was a meeting of the Needham volunteer group working on the Bay Colony Rail Trail. Approximately 30 people attended the meeting, which covered the following topics:

1. Background on the project for first time attendees.

2. Update on current status, with a discussion on Town Meeting approval of funding the Conceptual Planning and Design Study. More on this subject is available here: Needham Approves Funding for Rail Trail Study.

3. Overview of the current project timeline, with the pivotal focus on the May 2013 Town Meeting, when we expect to have two articles under consideration:

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