12/2010 - Purchase &
Photograph by Paul
NEWS: The purchase and sale agreement was signed by the Town Selectman
on November 29th for the purchase/lease of the rail bed from Sherborn
to Hopping Brook Road. Several other pieces of the trail have
been purchased or are currently in the process of being donated.
Now it goes back to CSX for their signature.
After an environmental study is completed work can start on the
trail. While no funds currently exist for the building of the
trail, the committee is working on obtaining grants, will make use of
recycled materials and hopes to have plentiful volunteer help to begin
This is such a great asset for the town of Holliston and the connection
into the Milford trail will make it even better. Thanks to
everyone who has helped us get here. It has been a long journey.
Need for volunteers
are currently looking for one or more volunteers to run a "Friends of
Holliston Trails" group. This group would help raise money to
support the trail construction and maintenance and expand awareness
about the trail throughout the community. If you are interested
in volunteering please e-mail us at HollistonTrails@gmail.com
10/10 - Did you know?
by Ginger Gibeault Photography
The rail trail is
starting to take shape. The town purchased a section of land between
Hopping Brook Road and South Street in November 2009 and have cleaned
up that section. We cleaned up the land between South Street and the
Milford town line that provides a direct connection to the recently
paved Milford Section of the Upper Charles Trail. We are getting
very close to purchasing a section between Cross Street and Church
Street and will be leasing the remainder. We hope to secure the entire
6.7 miles of right of way in either ownership or lease this year or
early next year.
Clean up - South Street to the Milford Bike Trail connection
was a perfect day to be out on the trail. The
temperatures were in the high 60’s and no
humidity. A special
thanks to all the volunteers who helped cut down trees and clean up
garbage in an effort to continue trail improvements.
During clean up it was great to see several
people walking and riding their bikes on the trail.
is close to completing
phase 2 of the Upper Charles Trail that brings the trail to Milford's
border with Holliston (photo below).
rivers and streams clean and trash-free
a nice surprise! I stopped by the Upper Charles Trail on Saturday and
found a crew spending Earth Day cleaning up a Hopping Brook, a
tributary to the Charles River, and the Upper Charles Trail between
Hopping Brook Road and South Street. Some may know that this section of
the rail trail was recently purchased by the Town of Holliston in
November 2009. While Trail Committee members and volunteers have been
performing trail cleanups of this section of the Trail since November,
none have performed a cleanup to the extent that this volunteer group
did. The group was organized by Melissa Simoncini, New England
Waterworks Association’s Young Professional Committee as part of a
National River Cleanup™. The website for the National River Cleanup™ organization
states that “millions of tons of trash end up in our nations’s streams
each year.” The National River Cleanup™ has reportedly cleaned up 1,000
tons of litter and debris from America’s rivers and streams since 1991.
disturbing part of the cleanup is that much of the litter was recent,
including a car battery, car parts, motor oil containers, gas cans,
tires, swing sets, and of course plenty of beer cans, trash and other
household litter. Hopefully, as the Trail is used more frequently by
law-abiding citizens, the littering and dumping will decrease, and our
rivers and streams will be cleaner for it. The Holliston Trails
Committee sends out a sincere thank you to New England Waterworks
Association and especially to the very ambitious Young Professional
Committee for their hard work cleaning up Hopping Brook and the Upper
volunteers for the Holliston section as pictured include Melissa
Simoncini, Tara McManus, Lou Soracco, Iseult Kavanagh and some canine
were four other members helping to cleanup the nearby rivers.
access previous updates Holliston’s Multi-Use Trail
Here you'll find the latest information on the Holliston section of the
proposed Upper Charles Multi-Use
Trail, a state-funded project to convert a 20-mile, abandoned
rail bed in five communities into a scenic, recreational path for
bicycling, walking, cross-country skiing, roller-blading, and other non-motorized uses.
the Friends of Holliston Trails Facebook page for the most recent
updates and trail information:
1997, Holliston has been in negotiations with Jacksonville, Fla.-based
Part 1 of the
Rail Trail video here
Part 2 of the
Rail Trail video here
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picture. Click below to view the NEW
the results of the public survey.