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Frequently Asked Questions

Who are the Friends of Natick Trails?

Friends of Natick Trails, Inc (FoNT) is an all volunteer, non-profit corporation whose mission is to assist in the development, promotion, and stewardship of the Natick Trail Network. Working with key stakeholders of our community, we strive to promote outdoor recreation and alternative transportation within our community, and to ensure the safe enjoyment of the trail network for all users and neighbors.  FoNT is not a part of the Town of Natick government - FoNT is purely an organizing and funding entity created to help the Town's various committees' efforts to improve the trails in Natick.

What is the Cochituate Rail Trail?

The Cochituate Rail Trail (CRT) is a rail bed that runs from Saxonville Village in Framingham and passes between the ponds of Lake Cochituate and the retail district of the Golden Triangle (formed by Speen St., Rt 30, and Rt 9) and into Natick Center. The Framingham portion north of Rt 30 is already developed with an official opening on May 14, 2016. The Natick portion has a completed design, funding for construction, and bids are now out for construction. Estimated completion is in 2020.

Where can I find out more about the CRT?

The Cochituate Rail Trail Advisory Committee has some excellent resources online including a FAQ page and a map of the entire CRT. You can view the latest meeting agendas and minutes here.

When can I use the CRT?

NOW! The northern Framingham portion (see map) is paved and completed, and is open for public use. The Natick portion has been purchased, and the Town of Natick has arranged to to allow and encourage public access, with minor interim improvements along the route including making the bridge across Route 9 usable!  (Note: the southernmost portion, from Willow Street to the MBTA Commuter Rail station, will remain closed to public access for safety reasons pending a redesign of the rail station.) The CRT in Natick will remain a primitive (unpaved) trail until construction begins in 2019, with completion expected in 2020.