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Open Meeting of Bruce Freeman Rail Trail

Filed under: Public Meetings by News Staff at 7:54 pm on February 25, 2010

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The Friends of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail (a 25 mile proposed rail trail between Lowell and Framingham) cordially invites the public to the March meeting of the Friends on Thursday evening, March 25th 7:00 PM at the Heritage, 747 Water Street Framingham.

Come find out about progress on the Trail!

The purpose of the meeting is to inform you of:

  • Progress made on the tail so far, e.g. 6.8 miles in Lowell/Chelmsford/Westford has been completed and is open
  • The value of this unique "linear park" to the Nobscot neighborhood, the entire Framingham community and the MetroWest region
  • The actions Framingham residents can take to bring the trail to completion for its entire length, from Lowell to route 9 in Framingham within the next decade.

The Friends of the BFRT look forward to your attendance at this informative discussion and will provide an array of delicious and healthy refreshments.

Please RSVP to John Stasik at jstasik@rcn.com or (508) 877-6771 if you intend to join us.


BRUCE FREEMAN RAIL TRAIL SET TO OPEN SATURDAY, AUGUST 29, 2009

Filed under: General Interest by Deb Cleveland at 3:20 pm on August 26, 2009

FRAMINGHAM,MA -- On Saturday, August 29, after more than 24 years of planning,working, and waiting, the 6.8-mile section of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail from Cross Point Towers in Lowell to Route 225 in Westford will officially open! This is the first completed section of the 25-mile rail trail that is planned to extend southward through Acton, Concord and Sudbury into Framingham.

The MassHighway ribbon-cutting ceremony will begin at 10:00 am at Old Town Hall in Chelmsford Center, followed by a gala celebration sponsored by the Friends of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail on the Chelmsford Town Common with music, balloons, and refreshments.

The 6.8 miles of trail will be open, with activities suitable for children and adults scheduled from the ribbon cutting to 2:00 pm. Join the activities by using any non-motorized form of transportation, and enjoy this new trail. A barbecue with hot dogs, hamburgers, and soft drinks, for $1 each, will be available at Agway on Maple Road in Chelmsford from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm.

This section of the planned 25-mile multi-use rail trail has been under construction for two years. The trail will be accessible to users of all ages and abilities. It traverses woods, wetlands,open fields, and shopping areas and also features an artwalk with renderings of historic Chelmsford buildings painted by local artists.

The ceremony will be held rain or shine. We encourage you to take part in this day of celebration and fun!

For further information please visit www.brucefreemanrailtrail.org


Cochituate Rail Trail Design Discussion July 22nd

Filed under: Public Meetings by Deb Cleveland at 5:38 pm on July 12, 2009

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The Friends of Saxonville Board, Framingham Cochituate Rail Trail, (CRT), Committee, and the Framingham Community and Economic Development Department are pleased to announce that the CRT Committee will be holding a discussion on their preliminary Trail design plans on Wednesday July 22nd at 7:00 P.M. in the Blumer Community Room in the Memorial Building.

There will be plenty of opportunity to review the plans and provide your input and comments. The organizations are looking for a lively discussion and input from the public.

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Filed under: General Interest by Deb Cleveland at 10:44 pm on May 14, 2005

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Saxonville offers lots to see and do in the first part of June!

On National Trails Day, on June 4th, tour the Cochituate Rail Trail from 10 - 11:30 a.m. and learn about its natural and historic features. Park at 500 Old Connecticut Path, Framingham. Check in across the street at the Cochituate Brook Reservation, (the grassy cleared area between Crispus Attucks bridge and Suburban Shell Gas Station).

From 4 - 5:30 p.m. view a slide presentation at Eastern Mountain Sports, Rt. 9 E, Natick. Visit www.crtrail.org for details.

On June 7th (rain date June 9th) Art conservator Rika Smith McNally will be professionally restoring our WWII Memorial located in front of the Athenaeum Hall on Concord St. Her work is sponsored by the Framingham Historical Society & Museum, Perini Corp., and MetroWest Homes. For information, contact Charlene Frary at 508-877-3556 or CFraryRltr@aol.com

On June 8th at 7 p.m., Cable station Channel 9 will re-broadcast Framingham Trivia - The Saxonville Edition as taped at the Friends of Saxonville's annual meeting.

On June 11th, Discover Saxonville - A Day in Pinefield, from 10 - 3 at Pinefield Shopping Center. See framingham.com calendar for details and www.saxonville.org.

Also on June 11th, take part in Riverfest Activities: a 7 a.m. Birdwalk on the Carol Getchell Nature Trail, a 10 a.m. Canoe ride from Central St. to Saxonville, and a 1 p.m. Kayak ride along the Oxbow section of the Sudbury River. For details, go to: www.sudbury-assabet-concord.org.

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