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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 BCRT Association is looking for volunteers in many areas. We need help at events, for trail clearing, etc. If you would like to volunteer, please contact the volunteer coordinator for you town:

Needham: Tad Staley (ts@baycolonyrailtrail.org)

Dover: Greg Hills (gh@baycolonyrailtrail.org)

Medfield: Christian Donner (c@baycolonyrailtrail.org)

Newton: George Kirby (gk@baycolonyrailtrail.org)

 

The Newton Bicycle/Pedestrian Task Force launched a website to promote the conversion of the Newton Upper Falls Greenway. For a detailed map and more information, visit http://www.upperfallsgreenway.org.

BCRT organizers in Needham are holding an open public meeting on Wednesday, May 11th at the Broadmeadow School (120 Broad Meadow Road in Needham) at 7:30. All are welcome, especially Needham residents!

The agenda includes updates on the rail trail progress, including the exciting new developments that could lead to an unpaved trail in a much shorter time frame.

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We have reached an important milestone - the IRS approved our application for becoming a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We received the letter in the mail just in time for the outgoing tax year.

Betsy and Christian chat with Ed Doherty about the Bay Colony Rail Trail on Eye on Medfield, Ed's weekly show on Medfield TV. The program was co-produced by our own Chris McCue and shows footage from other local rail trails at the end.

On the first warm Friday afternoon of the season I decided to seize the opportunity and explore the BCRT by bike – mountain bike, that is. I had not seen the entire length of the future trail, only what can be seen from the various road crossings along the way. The vegetation is encroaching onto the tracks, and there are sections that can become difficult to navigate later in the season, so this is an activity that I did not want to postpone.

Designers on 99Designs.com worked hard on our logo, and our community worked equally hard on responding to the logo survey. We are proud to present the result.

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A PDF document with the most current map of the trail is available here.

What is the proposed Bay Colony Rail Trail?

The Bay Colony Rail Trail project aims to convert the abandoned rail corridor between Needham and Medfield to a new multi-use greenway. The path will provide a safe and natural facility for hiking, walking, running, biking, cross-country skiing, and other recreational activities.
The proposed trial will extend for 7 miles through the towns of Needham, Dover and Medfield.  (See map.)

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Tom Connors, Miles Smith, Christian Donner welcome Newton Mayor David B. Cohen at the BCRT booth on Newton Harvest Fair

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