November Assabet River Rail Trail News 1994

Marlborough Clean-Up a Success

On Sunday, November 13, fourteen volunteers from seven different towns cleared the remaining brush from the stretch of right-of-way between Fairbanks and Ash streets in Marlborough, completing the clean-up project begun last spring.

The volunteers, using hand tools, chain saws, and a commercial wood chipper provided by Robinson’s Hardware in Hudson, cleared brush and trees to within 100’ of Ash Street. To clear the remaining hundred feet it will be necessary to work with the abutter. Once the last hundred feet are cleared, it will be possible to walk the entire right-of-way from Ash Street to Fitchburg Street.

The cleanup was sponsored by the Marlborough Conservation Commission, the Marlborough Rotary, and Marlborough Junior Women’s Club.

More About the TIP

We continue to make progress toward getting the Assabet River Rail Trail on the state’s Transportation Program (TIP) list. The city of Marlborough and the town of Hudson have written the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) requesting that the Central Transportation Planning Staff (CTPS) conduct a feasibility study.

Our goal is to secure letters of recommendation from all five towns by the end of the year. In Stow, Jeff Richards and Dick Lawrence made a presentation to the Conservation Commission to solicit the Commission’s support for ARRT. In Acton, Kathryn Garcia has requested that a discussion of ARRT be placed on that town’s Planning Board’s next scheduled meeting. In Maynard, more research may be needed to identify which portions of the right-of-way have been transferred to private ownership.

What’s the TIP?

The state's TIP lists the priorities for allocating state and federal transportation funds. To be listed on the TIP, a project must be recommended by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), composed of representatives from 100 cities and towns in eastern Massachusetts. To receive MAPC's recommendation, a feasibility study, conducted by the Central Transportation Planning Staff (CTPS) is required.

Marlborough Junior Women’s Club Newest ARRT Sponsor

The Marlborough Junior Women’s Club has joined ARRT’s growing list of sponsoring community and civic organizations.

Priscilla Ryder, Marlborough Conservation Officer, and Eileen Entholt of Hudson presented the ARRT slide show at the Junior Women’s Club November meeting.

The club was one of three sponsor’s of the recent trail clean-up between Fairbanks and Ash Streets in Marlborough.

Next Volunteer's Meeting December 3 at Maynard Town Hall

The next volunteer's meeting will be held Thursday, December 3 at 7:00 p.m., in the Upper Meeting Room at the Maynard Town Hall, Main Street (Route 62).

Topics include: Upcoming fall and winter events, creating a new informational brochure, updates on the status of getting on the TIP.

Continuing Volunteer Projects

New logo: Cathy Terwedow, MarlboroughNon-profit application: Ellen Gugle, WestboroughARRT newsletter: Mark Geoffroy, Marlborough

Volunteer Opportunities

Assemble assessor's maps for Acton; contact Jeff Richards, 568-1864.

Present the slide show to community groups in your town; contact Jeff Richards, 568-1864.

Host a volunteer's meeting in your town (especially Stow, Maynard, or Acton); contact Mark Geoffroy, 485-0747.

We have lots of other opportunities for individuals and groups. Contact Mark Geoffroy, 485-0747.