The Greenway project began in late autumn but shut down for the winter once
the ground froze up. The Iron Horse crew’s been back on the job in
recent weeks and it’s all taking shape. The rails have all been
removed. Most of the railroad ties are gone and the crew will probably have the remaining ties near the river removed today or tomorrow.
Next up, is laying out a 90′ x 5′ vegetation border behind the
Biltmore restaurant. Once Iron Horse builds the frame, the Biltmore
will donate and plant the trees and shrubs and will be tend and care for
After that, comes the “Sunset Deck” – where the trail ends at the
Charles River they’ll be building a wooden deck at a scenic spot out
over the river.
The final part of the project for Iron Horse is to grade the whole
trail and then lay down and roll the stone dust path. They say that’s
the easiest part. The stone dust trail will run from National Lumber to
the Charles River with a spur about halfway down that will lead out to
Meanwhile the city’s Parks & Rec Dept have ordered all the extras
– signs for Chestnut and Easy St featuring the lovely logo (above) that
local designer Heidi Werner donated, benches donated by Northland
Development, information kiosks donated by Trip Advisor. Once the
trail’s complete the city will install all the extras.
An anonymous donor has funded an effort to beautifully restore two of
the old railroad switches and Newton North student have been doing much
of the work over the last few months. Once they’re done the city will
install these pieces of local history back on the trail.
Lastly, the city is repaving Oak St this month I believe. As part of
that job they’ll take care of the Greenway’s Oak St crossing.
It’s all coming together nicely and a big honking Upper Falls party
is now being planned for (tentatively) Sunday, June 29 to celebrate the
official opening of the Upper Falls Greenway to the public.
Special shout-outs go to Frank Nicols, the city engineer who’s been
overseeing the whole project from the start and Carol Schein from Parks
& Rec who’s been taking care of myriad details throughout.