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Cochituate Rail Trail Update

 

Please note that all dates are approximate and are subject to change. The following information is as of January 7, 2020, from the Town's website.

  • Route 9 bridge demolition is complete, including removal of granite abutments. Construction of new retaining walls will begin late January/early February 2020.

  • Route 30 bridge approach construction is underway, including installation of steel support beams on the south approach, and will continue through April 2020. Route 30 roadway construction from the TJX entrance to Speen Street is substantially complete.

  • Route 9 roadway improvements are scheduled for May 2020.

  • Erection of the bridges across Route 9 and Route 30 is anticipated in June 2020.

  • Utility relocations are ongoing.

  • Pathway construction is expected to begin late spring/early summer 2020.

  • The Framingham CRT bench, kiosk, and pathway immediately north of Route 30 is currently closed to the public.

  • The Natick section of the trail is closed for the balance of construction.

 

Recent FoNT Events 

 

​​Monday Oct 14 - Fun Run & Raffle

Saturday Oct 19 - Natick Trails Day

We had a tremendous turnout for FoNT's first Fun Run hosted and generously supported by Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company. And the town's Open Space Committee's annual Trails Day resulted in a much improved user experience on the Cochituate Aqueduct Trail near the Wellesley town line. Thanks to all who participated! Stay tuned for more events in 2020!

Aerial View of the Cochituate Rail Trail

 

Check out this AWESOME live footage from a drone, of the route the Cochituate Rail Trail follows! Trail is under construction NOW! Completion expected June 2021.

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A Voice for Trails in Natick

 

The Friends of Natick Trails (FoNT) are committed to the success of the trails in Natick (including the new Cochituate Rail Trail), as well as anything else that provides outdoor activities and exploration of our wonderful town. We plan to engage the community in fun and healthy activities for the whole family. This effort will need your support, so please consider donating to our cause using the button below.  Your donation will go toward our mission that may include:

  • Care and maintenance expenses

  • Installation of solar trash receptacles around the trail network

  • Installation of bike racks downtown and elsewhere at key locations

  • Development and maintenance of trails across Natick (walking, bike lanes, mountain trails, etc)

  • Public education for access and development of the Natick trail system

  • Trail signage

  • Purchase of materials for bridges, trail safety, and startup costs

  • Help the Town of Natick with land acquisition costs

 

Thanks to the vision of our Town Meeting members, who voted 95-25 in favor of funding the acquisition of the property from CSX, the Cochituate Rail Trail (CRT) will now be a reality and is scheduled for construction to begin in 2019, with an anticipated completion date in 2021. We are sure this will be a treasured asset for both recreational and transportation purposes for the large number of people that live and work along the CRT in Framingham and Natick, as well as those who commute to and from Natick Center Station!  The town also has plans to make the trail accessible for use during the interim before formal construction!

Please make a tax deductible donation to Friends of Natick Trails to demonstrate your commitment to improve our town's quality of living. Donate whatever amount works for you - any amount is a positive for the trail, and the number of donations we collect is as important as their size.  Click the "Donate to FoNT" button to pledge.

Oct 2019 - Fun Run at Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company

May 2019 - Cleanup event with Keep Natick Beautiful

2018 - Natick Days booth

2017 - CRT cleanup day

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