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Work resumes on the Greenway--April 2014

posted Mar 31, 2014, 7:21 PM by margaret alexander   [ updated Mar 31, 2014, 7:28 PM ]

Iron Horse is scheduled to resume construction work the week of April 7, lasting approximately three weeks. During that time, they'll take up the remaining ties, haul away all the ties that are stacked up, flatten and compact the bed, and then lay down and compact stone dust along the entire length. We expect work to be completed sometime in May.

The "Making of the Greenway documentary

posted Nov 12, 2013, 7:58 PM by Jerry Reilly

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.

NewTV's coverage of the Greenway Groundbreaking

posted Nov 12, 2013, 7:55 PM by Jerry Reilly

Here's a video of NewTV's coverage of the Greenway ground breaking.  Also, the Newton Conservators just added a page to their web site in preparation for Newton's newest park - the Upper Falls Greenway.  They've got lots of photos too.

Groundbreaking Celebration

posted Oct 27, 2013, 7:48 PM by Jerry Reilly   [ updated Oct 27, 2013, 7:49 PM ]

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.

Greenway official ground-breaking this Friday

posted Oct 22, 2013, 8:30 AM by Jerry Reilly

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 begin.  

The 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.

The Making of the Greenway - a documentary

posted Oct 22, 2013, 8:27 AM by Jerry Reilly

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.

Iron Horse crew has arrived

posted Oct 22, 2013, 8:24 AM by Jerry Reilly

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.

All systems go for October construction

posted Sep 20, 2013, 8:10 PM by Jerry Reilly

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.

We have a logo

posted Sep 20, 2013, 8:03 PM by Jerry Reilly


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.

Seeking submissions for Greenway logo

posted Jul 28, 2013, 4:43 PM by Jim Lerner   [ updated Jul 28, 2013, 4:59 PM ]

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!


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