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Tewksbury Rail Trail Open House Announced

Nov 28, 2014 05:20PM ● By Paige Impink

 Tewksbury Rail Trails announces an Open House at Tewksbury Memorial High School on Thursday, December 11, 2014 from 4:00PM-8:00PM.  The public is invited to stop in and view maps of the former rail beds, offer input, and talk to the design engineers. As part of the Feasibility Study phase of the project, engineers from Fay, Spofford and Thorndike are evaluating abandoned rail bed inventory in the town and making recommendations for rail trail design and development. 

A rail trail is typically an abandoned railroad corridor converted into a multi-use recreation path. Trails offer a safe, off-road place for people to enjoy nature and walk, cycle, cross country ski, etc.-most any type of non-mechanized activity. A vote at the May 2013 Town Meeting allotted funds, through the Community Preservation Committee, for a feasibility study to evaluate the available rail spurs in the town. The engineering firm Fay, Spofford and Thorndike of Burlington, MA was engaged and the process is underway.

Fay, Spofford and Thorndike is a design, planning and consulting firm based in Burlington, Massachusetts. With considerable experience in rail trail design, FST is working with citizen group Tewksbury Rail Trails and the Town of Tewksbury to evaluate trail options and offer guidance through various stages of the process. The public is welcome to stop by the high school and participate in this process. For more information, contact Tewksbury Rail Trails at tewksburyrailtrails@gmail.com or on Facebook at Tewksbury Rail Trails.

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