Not too long ago an inactive old rail corridor extended south from the MBTA Green Line D branch through Newton Upper Falls, overgrown and collecting debris. Sometime in the summer of 2014, this corridor will have been transformed into the Upper Falls Greenway, a safe, car-free trail for walking, jogging, bicycling and general recreation, with easy access to the commercial areas on adjacent Needham Street for shopping and commuting. The really nice touch – the project is being built for almost no money.
The plan works like this:
- The MBTA owns the land; they gave a long term property lease (99 years) to the city for a $1.
- The city enlisted Iron Horse Preservation Society, a nationally known rails-to-trails non-profit, to create the trail.
- Iron Horse is currently removing the obsolete tracks and railroad ties, selling them for scrap, and using the proceeds pay for the construction of the trail.
- Corporate donors provide additional funding for enhancements. See information on our donations for companies who have already enhanced the Upper Falls Greenway with their gifts.
The Upper Falls Greenway Trail is a mile-plus linear park terminating at a scenic overlook of the Charles River. The trail map to the right gives additional detail. (Click on the map to enlarge.) The trail surface itself is rolled stone dust, a nice surface for walking and bicycling.
Here's what the trail looks like in May 2014.
A future trail connection to Needham, Dover,and Medfield via the proposed Bay Colony Rail Trail may later provide the residents of Newton a chance to enjoy an off-road experience rivaling the popular Minuteman Bikeway in Lexington.
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