The Town of Needham is very excited to be working on the next phase of construction of the recreation rail trail. It will begin near High Rock Street within the Town Forest, and ends just before the Charles River, passing through the Town Forest, Farley Pond area, DCR Red Wing Bay, and Trustees of Reservation’s Charles River Peninsula. Safety fencing has been installed and the stone dust surface is currently being placed on the trail to make it suitable for walkers, runners, strollers, and bicycles. Road crossings will then be built at Charles River Street and Fisher Street. As the Town works on installing signs this winter, please note the following: (a) parking is limited and no new parking lots have been built at this time; (b) parking is permitted along High Rock Street, adjacent to the Town Forest, and the DCR has public lots at Red Wing Bay (Fisher Street) and Cochrane Dam (South Street); (c) there is no parking or access from Walker School or from streets adjacent to the trail; (d) stay on the actual trail and do not wander into the yards of abutters; (e) dogs must remain on leash and droppings picked up and removed from the trail; (f) motorized vehicles are not permitted on the trail. Special thanks are extended to the Board of Selectmen and Town Manager for support and guidance; Department of Public Works for design and construction oversight; Bay Colony Rail Trail Association for raising majority of funds privately; Rep. Denise Garlick for requesting state funds; Community Preservation Fund for portion of financing; and state trails grant.
Rail Trail Construction Underway