September 15th, 2016 was a beautiful day for ribbon cutting. Mayor Warren's gold scissors did the trick. Many people in the neighborhood attended, along with elected officials and department staff of the city of Newton. Congratulations were handed out for the realization of the dream years in planning and execution. Represented in the attendees were also Newton Upper Falls community members who worked long and hard on this.. Nice (and short) speeches by all.
It's official. The official ribbon cutting ceremony for the Upper Falls Greenway has been scheduled for Thursday, September 15th from 1:30 to 2:00 p.m. It is being held at the Depot Coffee Shoppe, 1225 Chestnut Street, Newton Upper Falls. A celebration of this new park area is tentatively scheduled for sometime in October.
Hope to see some of the supporters of the greenway in attendance.
Nice publicity for the Upper Falls Greenway by Andy Levin in the Newton Tab.
"City Councilor, Deborah Crossley, accepted a donation of $10,000 from Crosspoint to the City of Newton for the Friends of the Upper Falls Greenway."
"Crosspoint Associates, Inc. broke ground recently to mark the start of construction for its highly anticipated mixed-use development, Newton Nexus. Newton Nexus is located at 141-165 Needham Street, Newton, MA. The 143,000 SF development will include Boston Ski & Tennis, a neighborhood market, several restaurants, and a number of retailers including an outdoor/recreational retailer and an upscale fashion retailer. Newton Nexus is 75% leased and expects to be fully occupied within the next 12 months"
More information is available in their news release.
Some people who regularly use the Greenway may have been used to crossing over into the parking lot next to the Avalon to reach Needham Street. This access point (always unofficial) has been closed during the Crosspoint renovation and construction of Newton Nexus. We are talking to both the Avalon and Crosspoint to see if an additional access point can be opened up during the construction. Other crossover points do exist: Easy Street, Tower Road and the "spur" to Needham Street.
There's more information on our Facebook Page.
The home page for NewtonServes is http://www.newtoncommunitypride.org/NewtonSERVES.html. More information can be found there about general information for NewtonServes. Most of the work on the Greenway will include basic cleanup of the path and the surrounding areas. Bring gloves and limber backs and knees. Bags for the disposal of what is picked up will be provided at the meeting site, Depot Cafe at Oak and Chestnut.
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.
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