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.