Lynnfield Rail Trail
Thank you all for coming to the Nov. 3 Rail Trail information session with World Tech engineers. There were about 95 people in attendance with the vast majority signing support for the project. A 25 page slide show was presented at Al Merritt Center, about half an hour with an hour and a half of resident input. View the tape on line (see home page) or visit the Lynnfield Library Info Desk for a hardcopy. Input was heard by all, questions answered, and many productive suggestions were made at this meeting (airing now on Lynnfield Cable TV) listed below:
*Create several turn out areas for views and short distance walkers, a curve to slow down bicycles
*Improve safety features such as RR crossing & crosswalk pedestrian light at Summer St. old RR depot
*Add off street parking designated for Rail Trail *Design Rail Trail for all ages, family friendly use
*Five options of privacy designs for nearby homes, municipal buildings –World Tech December by appt.
*Boardwalk over Reedy Meadow: Add a spur option to Partridge Island Boardwalk and/or Edgewater;
*Replantings of trees taken on the railbed *Plan for maintenance *Benches at linear park views
*Etiquette on the trail *Standards of Rails to Trails well established *Daily 4 season recreation
*Construction is to be funded 100% by state and federal funds (20/80 split). We have been waiting in line for fifteen years for this funding. It is an asset that can only be used to fund the Wakefield/Lynnfield Rail Trail. If we do not use it, we lose it. Our town surveys have shown off road walking and biking paths are consistently a Top Request. It would be a waste not to continue with this value-add opportunity.
*Stay tuned for more updates throughout the winter from Friends of the Lynnfield Rail Trail
Send your comments of support and suggestions to info@LynnfieldRailTrail.org and one of our core volunteers will get back to you.
Personal Statement from Tom Grilk, CEO Boston Athletic Assoc./ Boston Marathon
I have resided in Lynnfield since 1988. The rail trackbed proposed for a fitness trail abuts my backyard. I strongly endorse the development of the fitness trail as an important and much needed benefit for our community.
In my role as Chief Executive Officer of the Boston Athletic Association/Boston Marathon, and previously as a business lawyer working locally, nationally and internationally, I have had the opportunity to observe and use many such fitness trails. Wherever they are built they are highly valued and widely used as a safe and tranquil place to pursue personal health and fitness, whether walking, running, cycling, pushing children, etc. They are highly prized assets that enhance both the health of residents and the value of their property, as prospective residents seek out places to live that provide so important an asset to family life. And compared to other public health and fitness assets, these facilities are minimally costly to maintain.
Whether as nearby as Peabody or Lexington, or in more distant locales such as New Hampshire, Michigan, California, Germany or countries in Asia, I have yet to see a fitness trail that did not become a treasured asset of the communities privileged to be served by it. I welcome it to my back yard.
We have expended significant funds in a splendid effort to enhance our Town playing fields, largely for our kids. We should do no less for the entirety of the population.
The space is there for the taking; it would be tragic to waste it.
Thomas S. Grilk