The Upper Falls Greenway is a plan to convert the abandoned railroad line behind Needham Street into a mile long walking/jogging/bicycle trail – aka a linear park.

The plan has been in the works for the last two years but its all coming together with construction salted to begin in mid-October.

  • The Newton Conservation Commission has signed off on the project
  • The NStar construction at the National Lumber end of the Greenway route has been completed
  • The city has submitted the request for the lease to the MBTA and it should be signed within a few weeks
  • The city’s engineering department has completed a fine design for the Greenway’s main entrance beside The Depot (Chestnut  & Oak Streets).
  • * The Chestnut Grove condo association’s concerns have been addressed.
  • * Iron Horse Preservation, the non-profit that will remove the tracks and build the trail, has construction scheduled to start in mid-October.

A recent interesting development is that the city has an agreement with the property owner to also allow Iron Horse to remove the rails on the spur line that runs from the main Greenway route out to Needham St.  Many details still remain before that spur can become part of the Greenway, but that’s a very important first step.

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