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2nd Annual National Train Day Ride
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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.)
On July 23, a misty Thursday afternoon at Red Wing Bay in Needham, the Bay Colony Rail Trail project took an important step toward becoming a reality. In spite of the inclement conditions, twenty people converged on the site to discuss the process and prospects for converting an unused rail corridor to a rail trail.
In attendance were officials from Needham, Dover and Medfield, members from local organizations such as Needham Bikes, Bike Newton, the Newton Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force, two Massachusetts-based national experts on rail trails, and representatives from state agencies such as Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and The Trustees of Reservations (TTOR).
Bay Colony Rail Trail
July 23, 2009
Greetings everyone, and thank you for joining us here today. This meeting marks the beginning of a long journey that, hopefully, will result in a beautiful multi-use recreational trail through Medfield , Dover and Needham and perhaps beyond into Newton.
The Needham-Medfield corridor is an almost seven mile stretch that crosses only seven roads, and traverses town conservation land for over 70% of the distance.
There is another unused rail corridor that runs from Needham Heights, across Rt. 95 to Winchester Street in Newton.