From Jerry Reilly: ...We'll be having a meeting of the Friends of the Upper Falls Greenway at the Emerson Center next Thursday, Feb 11, 7 PM. Everyone's welcome. Bring your ideas, questions, dreams, and thoughts. Possible topics for the meeting include: spring cleanup, plans for grand opening, future events on the Greenway, plantings, benches/signs/kiosks, public art, installing the restored railroad switches, finishing the deck on the river and anything else you'd like to add to the agenda.
Check out Jerry Reilly's post on the Village 14 website to read a first hand account of the history and progress on the greenway.
"The Upper Falls Greenway was a project to turn a mile long stretch of abandoned overgrown railroad tracks into a neighborhood park for walking, jogging and bicycling.
During the first part of December 2015 the city made some good progress on preparing the surface of the greenway. There are still some spots that need additional work but it is a very pleasant place to walk now. Check out our Facebook page for additional notes and photos of the work.
In a message from Setti Warren, Mayor of Newton, we were informed on October 28, 2015 of the following about the progress on the Newton Upper Falls Greenway:
"My administration initiated this project because of its great potential resource with the ability to improve the transportation system by increasing cyclists’, walkers’, and others’ ability to move safely around the city and is committed the timeline of seeing its completion through this fall."
We look forward to the completion of the work.
NewtonSERVES day is going to be Sunday, April 26th this year. We'll be doing trash cleanup and some limited brush and tree removal on the Greenway as necessary. Sign up online to register and reserve a free T shirt. Be sure to bring work gloves. Optional accessories: loppers, clipper, saw, wheel barrow.
A recent article in the Newton Tab provided some additional information about why the Greenway project was delayed. The article "Newton's rail trail project delayed", is now posted on line.
As mentioned in the article:
"A spokesperson from the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy group, a national advocacy group based in Washington D.C., said that having an organization such as the well-known Iron Horse Preservation Society come in and do the job for the cost of the railroad ties has its benefits."
We look forward to the completion of the project by Iron Horse Preservation in 2015.
In the last week additional work has been completed on the "Sunset Deck" which goes out over the Charles River at one end of the Greenway.
We are looking forward to the completion of the construction phase of this project--the grading of the path and laying down and packing the stone dust. Once this is done, the City of Newton will be able to install the donated items from local businesses (benches, sign posts, etc.) that they have been holding in storage.
Iron Horse Preservation Society and Newton DPW worked together to pull the rails and ties out of the roadway at Oak St (between the Depot Café and Jean and Lee’s Kitchen) on July 9th. The road has been temporarily patched with asphalt. All of Oak St. is due to be repaved this fall.
From its start in 1825 in a small village called Street in England, Clarks has grown into one of the world's largest shoe manufacturers. Their corporate office is at 156 Oak Street in Newton Upper Falls. Their donation to Iron Horse Preservation Society resulted in extending the bridge deck over the Charles to the full extent of the MBTA lease. The railing brackets are expected to arrive on Tuesday, with installation of the railings and fencing to follow soon thereafter.
Iron Horse is working to find a vendor who will accept the old railroad ties for disposal. Nine flatbed trucks of ties will be moved out within the next few weeks.
The decking on the Charles River bridge is done. There are custom brackets being fabricated to hold up the railings to match the ones on the bridge over the Charles in Lower Falls. Once these are available, the railings on the bridge will be installed, along with fencing running back from the bridge where the drop-off is steep.
The trail surface has five low wet spots that will receive gravel, then stone dust will be applied, graded, and compacted along the entire length. That will complete Iron Horse’s work, except for the Oak St crossing. When their equipment is removed, the signs, benches and kiosks that Newton Parks and Recreation ordered for the Greenway will be installed. At that point, the basic trail will be done, from the river to Easy St. and with a spur out to Needham St.
Several landlords whose property abuts the Greenway are working with the Upper Falls Greenway group. Their intent is to provide cleanup, plants and flowers on their property to further improve the appearance of the Greenway.
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