Northborough Approves New Trail By Assabet Park

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A new trail will be cut in the woods by Assabet Park in Northborough this summer. Photo Credit: Bret Matthew

NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. — The Northborough Board of Selectmen approved a new trail at Assabet Park last week that is expected to be finished by the summer.

"There's not a log of clearing that needs to be done," said Trails Committee Co-Chair Marielle Stone. "It's mostly just stuff that's on the ground."

Stone said that a local Eagle Scout would do most of the work cutting the trail for the committee. Once finished, the trail will include an information kiosk at its head.

"We're trying to keep the majority of the trail in the wooded section," Stone said, adding that most of it will not be visible from South Street. "We thought it would be a nice way to get more utilization out of that part of the park."

The new trail is one of many expected additions to the town's trail network, which totals close to 25 miles. Last week, members of the Open Space and Trails Committees told selectmen that the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) is partnering with towns to open the area around aqueducts that are no longer being used for active water management.

According to Open Space Committee member Bill Coder, about 4.2 miles of trails could be opened up. One section will connect the Ceder Hill trail area with the Stirrup Brook section, while another will extend from the Edmund Hill woods to Berlin.

"I think it's a great idea," Selectman Jeff Amberson said. "I think the reality is that people are using it as a trail system anyway."

Selectmen voted unanimously to partner with the MWRA in their application.

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