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Rail Trail Public Forum on March 8, 2014

by John Connor

For many residents, the New Years Eve “Lantern Walk” was their first introduction to Holliston's active recreational multi-use Rail Trail.  What you may not know is where it goes, what towns connect to it, and what future plans for improvement and connectivity are in process.


The Upper Charles Trail is a project to convert a 20-mile, abandoned rail bed in six communities into a scenic, recreational path for bicycling, walking, cross-country skiing, roller-blading, and other non-motorized uses. The Holliston portion of the project was originally conceived by the Conservation Commission as part of the 1993 Holliston Open Space and Recreation Plan. Surrounding communities such as Ashland, Milford, Hopkinton, and Sherborn have all initiated or started projects of their own. A speaker from each community will give a status report on their progress toward completion of the trail.


And for the business community, did you know that the trail passes through or adjacent to four industrial parks in Holliston?

Representative Tom Sannicandro from Ashland will be one of the speakers at the public forum, which will also include presentations from other legislative advocates providing insight on the positive impact of a multi-purpose trail on commerce.

We've heard a lot about small businesses in Holliston closing.  Well, come hear how one successful business owner in another community turned her location by a rail trail into a smashing success!

 The forum will be held Saturday, March 8, from 9:00 AM until noon, at the Ashland Community Center at 162 West Union Street (Rte 135) in Ashland, MA.

Everyone is invited, we hope to see you there!

Comments (1)

Good ideas take decades to materialize.

Warren Chamberlain | 2014-03-05 11:54:08