Lynnfield Rail Trail

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We will keep you posted as to the next info session and updates from World Tech. The most current information: Nov. 3, 2016.  

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“The most important perceived recreational need throughout the Town of Lynnfield is for additional multi-purpose trails for walking, biking, running, hiking and fitness. It is recommended that a multipurpose trail/path network be considered as part of any new recreational path development." 

From the 2013 Athletic and Recreation Facilities Need Survey to which over 400 residents responded.  CLICK TO VIEW REPORT 

Officially known as the Wakefield-Lynnfield Rail Trail, this is a primarily State and Federally funded project using land leased to the towns of Lynnfield and Wakefield by the MBTA to convert the former Newburyport Railroad bed into a recreational trail that provides for safe off road connection to the towns key resources.


Where does it go?

Beginning near the Wakefield commuter rail station, this existing rail bed passes two Wakefield schools, under I-95 (128) into Lynnfield through a 0.6 mile section of Reedy Meadow, behind our Middle School/Fields, by the Reedy Meadows Golf Course and High School/Fields to the Peabody border. Total distance is 4.4 miles (2.5 in Lynnfield and 1.9 in Wakefield). We hope one day that our trail will connect with other linear paths.  See more on this in the FAQ's.   


about the proposed rail trail

It’s a great idea so what’s happening?

World Tech Engineers are at 25% design stage, and spring of 2017 will need Lynnfield Selectmen to lease  the MBTA right of way to the existing rail bed, at little cost to the town ($1 a year for 99 years). Fence and amenities and further design details such as crossings, parking and trail heads will be included with public input by the 75% design stage. Five choices of privacy fence and  landscaping are included in the project at no cost to the abutters.


January  2017 - Lynnfield Rail Trail Leadership Team met with Fin Com; Selectmen all walked the trail from Town Hall past the Reedy Meadow Golf Course with public/ Planning Board includes Lynnfield Rail Trail on their Master Plan Survey DUE Jan. 28, 2017.


December 2016 - Lynnfield Rail Trail Leadership Team met with Recreation Commission


November 2016 - An updated engineering report was presented to full input session at the Al Merrit Center. See updates for all the details collected. Abutters were also heard and given choices of five privacy barriers. Safety ideas included turnouts and slow downs.


December 2015 - A preliminary engineering report was previewed by the Board of Selectman with a great exchange with the town leaders, engineers and residents.  The complete presentation can be viewed on our Facebook page.  


Early 2000’s: Wakefield and Lynnfield form volunteer committees

2002: Lynnfield master plan mentions desire by residents for rail trail/paths 

2007: State allocates $30,000 and a Feasibility Study is completed 

2008: Senator Richard Tisei, Rep. Katherine Clark and Mark Falzone include $500,000 in the State Transportation Bond Bill for preliminary design and engineering work.  

2010:State releases funds for preliminary design and engineering work. Project on Mass DOT's  Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) list of priorities     

2010:Town receives RFP’s from MassDOT Prequalified Engineering firms

2012:Wakefield and Lynnfield informed that the project is eligible for Federal Highway Funds

2013:A survey of over 400 residents shows rail trails/paths as top desire (see report link on left)

2013: Town of Wakefield as lead agency enters into a design agreement with WorldTech Engineering of Woburn

Spring 2014:Preliminary Design phase begins.  Public informational meetings in Wakefield and Lynnfield

July - December 2014: 

Lynnfield Recreational Path Committee met with and residents and answered questions at public events.  We wrapped up outreach to abutters included 2 postcards, a survey followed by door to door visits to learn and document issues and answer questions. See more in the FAQ's