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Parking at the Needham Trail Opening Celebration

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.


Needham Grand Opening Sunday May 1st!

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.

Needham Trail Opening Event Postponed!

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.

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.

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 needham.baycolonyrailtrail.org. 

Conceptual Planning and Design Study from Fay, Spofford and Thorndike

The final version of the Conceptual Planning and Design Study from Fay, Spofford and Thorndike is attached in a PDF with reduced resolution. The file is 8mb; the original, which is suitable for printing, is over 40mb.

Questions or feedback on this document can be directed to Tad Staley (tstaley @ gmail.com).

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

Bay Colony Rail Trail Recap of March 4th Needham Public Forum

Hosted: March 4, 2013

Where: Needham Town Hall

Attendance:  Approximately 50 residents, and other interested parties attended

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.

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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