Jim Lerner has long been a film buff. A few months ago,
Jim decided that it was time to try getting behind the camera. He
signed up with NewTV, took a series of free classes to learn the
equipment and techniques. He's now shooting a documentary about the
Making of the Upper Falls Greenway. In recent weeks he's been doing
lots of filming - interviewing participants, filming the construction
details, capturing the groundbreaking, etc.
Last week we noticed
that there was one very important person in the Making of the Greenway
story that was not on Jim's interview list ... so we turned the camera
around and interviewed Jim too. Jim's been involved with the project from from the very start.
On Friday, the construction project was officially kicked off with pomp, circumstance and the lifting of the first rail ... and the final ride on the track. Read about it (and see it) here
On Friday Oct 25, at 1 PM, there will be a ceremonial ground-breaking for the Upper Falls Greenway
at Oak and Chestnut St, beside The Depot Coffee Shop. The mayor will be there, Richard Davey the
state's Secretary of Transportation, our local aldermen, Area
Councillors and various other dignitaries. Iron Horse Preservation will
also be there with their rail removal equipment. Once the formalities,
the handshakes, and the photos are dispensed with, the real fun will
Newton Bicycle Pedestrian Task Force (aka Newton Bike/Ped) are the ones
who first dreamed up the idea for the Upper Falls Greenway. The folks
at Newton Bike/Ped have contacted hobbyists that have self-propelled rail riding vehicles.
They're going to bring two of these rail-riders to Upper Falls for the
day and the public will be invited to take the final ride on this mile
of track just before it's torn up to make way for the Upper Falls
Greenway, our new mile long walking/jogging/biking trail and park. So
come on down and ride the rails and enjoy green tea on the Greenway, and
maybe a bowl of egg drop soup courtesy of Taam China II, Upper Falls'
neighborhood kosher Chinese restaurant.
By the way .... the graphic above is the
new official Upper Falls Greenway logo that will be used on all the
signs, etc. The logo was designed by Newton resident Heidi Werner. Heidi volunteered to design the logo for the recent Tour de Newton.
She did such a great job with that that we begged her to also design
the logo for the Greenway. Many thanks to Heidi for her pro bono, pro
Newton work. Now if you've got some paying graphics work and need a top
shelf graphic designer - Heidi Werner's your woman.
Jim Lerner, a local Upper Falls resident has been involved with the Greenway project from it's inception. Jim is a long time film/video buff but he has decided to become a video maker and create a documentary about the making of teh Upper Falls Greenway. He's working in conjunction with NewTV, Newton's cable channel. Over the past month, he's been interviewing various participants in the project and in the coming weeks he'll be filming much of the physical construction project.
The Iron Horse Preservation crew arrived on site this morning and has begun doing work along the trail in preparation of the track removal which start shortly.
Construction of the Upper Falls Greenway is scheduled to begin in mid October and should take roughly four weeks. Iron Horse Preervation will bring in heavy equipment, remove the track and ties, re-grade the path and then lay down a rolled stone dust surface which will be good for both walking and bicycles.
Another recent development is that the private property owner that owns the spur line that runs out to Needham Street has agreed to allow Iron Horse to pull up those rails. It's not 100% clear yet whether that will also be finished as a stone dust trail as part of the initial construction but its a very promising development for eventually connecting the Greenway to Needham St ... and maybe eventually to Christina. The next step is to file for Conservation Commission approval since the spur runs alongside a stream. That's currently in progress.
Newton resident Heidi Werner has designed a wonderful long for the Greenway that works well as both a full color logo as well in a single color. We'll be using this design for the signs at Chestnut St and Easy St. Many many thanks to Heidi for donating her fabulous design skills.
As the trail takes physical shape early this fall, we're hoping you'll help us create the best original logo design for our new Upper Falls Greenway. We need an easily recognizable icon symbol to place on place on signage for the trail entrances, to emblazon on T-shirts, and generally adorn the community effort! The designs could include facets of the path usage (bicycling, jogging, etc), could evoke it's railroad history, might refer to the City of Newton or the Village of Upper Falls, etc. All submitted designs become the property of the Upper Falls Greenway, and the winning logo will be selected by a nonpartisan group of dedicated UFG volunteers.
Please feel free to submit as many logo designs as you wish, in any graphic format (JPG, PNG, TIFF, GIF), even in very rough sketch form - our artistic volunteers can take the best concepts forward and make them presentable!
Click here to submit your image(s) to the contest. And thanks!
We're recruiting volunteers to help spruce up the Upper Falls Greenway as part of NewtonSERVES on Sunday April 28. NewtonSERVES is the city's annual day of volunteer activity across the city.
At last year's NewtonSERVES day, we did the heavy lifting and opened up the entire one mile trail, some of which had been impassable in recent years. This year, the work will focus on cleaning up trash and lighter trimming of vegetation. Sign up here
. Be sure to bring some work gloves and some clippers if you have them.