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.
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.
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