Feasibility Study is Under Way!
Weston & Sampson – the consultants conducting the feasibility study for the trail, have been meeting with key stakeholders. In the first few weeks of June, they held and abutter-only forum to hear concerns and hopes for the trail. On June 15th, they met with the School Committee at a public meeting. Supporters (including 2 direct abutters) spoke in favor of the trail and how it would help reduce the negative activities that occur at present on the corridor. Also a guest from Milton spoke about the achievements of the Glover Elementary School. The Glover refurbished a foot/bike path leading to the Glover School and as a result, biking and walking by students has increased by 40 percent. This helped the town of Milton to receive an $865K grant from the Safe Routes to School Program that was used to fix sidewalks, crosswalks, and install traffic calming features to offer more safe biking/walking amenities.
The findings of the study will be presented in Fall 2016.
Yard signs are here!!!!!! If you are interested in promoting the rail trail – especially if you live near the corridor, please consider placing a “pro-trail” sign in your yard. The opponents of the project have done so with their own signs and now we want to get the word out that a majority of residents favor this project. If interested, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
July 14, 2016
DHRT on TV!
The Friends of the Dedham Heritage will be guests on the local Cable Access program – Oneness and Wellness. Chief of Police Michael D’Entremont will be one of a few guest speakers.
Additional Action items:
Please email support to Superintendent and School Committee:
Many Many Thanks! In 4 days, donations from over 40 supporters raised the $1,250 needed to receive the matching grant of $1,250 offered by a family foundation that supports rail trail projects. This will make possible the door-to-door abutter interviews to understand their concerns and/or hopes for this trail.
In our first installment, meet Ed, Jennie, and their daughter Adeline, they live near the proposed trail and support the project because it would add 1.5 miles of additional green space in their community. "We are always packing up the stroller and driving to Millennium park and the Arboretum, it would be great to have a beautiful park a short walking distance from our home." -- Ed
In this installment we meet Clarissa - her home abuts the corridor. Clarissa is also the talented artist who designed the DHRT logo! Here is why she supports the project: "Kieran (my son) and I are excited about the possibility of this rail trail because it is basically our back yard and would be an enormous step up from what it is now. Another huge plus is we could very safely and beautifully ride bikes/walk to our awesome Dedham Square to visit our frequents - The Blue Bunny, Books and Toys, Mocha Java, La Luce Pastry Shop, Ron's Gourmet Ice Cream, Dedham Public Library) and also our school, Pond View Montessori, which is very closely located by the Readville Commuter Rail Station."
GREAT NEWS! We have a donor who has offered to match up to $2,500 in our fundraising efforts - specifically to expand the Rail Trail Feasibility Study with Weston & Sampson to include door-to-door abutter meetings. This will help ensure that the resulting plan takes into account the concerns, ideas, and mitigation needs of every abutter. If just 50 people made a tax-deductible donation of $50, we'd make the match - and unlock the extra $2500 - and help demonstrate the impact of the Friends of the Dedham Heritage Rail Trail. The link below will take you to the Land Conservation & Advocacy Trust website, which is our 501c3 fiscal sponsor. And, of course, a donation of any amount is greatly appreciated - and will help us build out the organization. Thank you!
The March 1st informational Friends meeting held at the Endicott Estate attracted dozens of residents ranging from avid supporters of the proposed rail trail, to concerned residents and abutters looking for more information. Former Dedham selectman Paul Reynolds moderated the meeting, which included project updates, short video clips, statements of support from several abutters, and a question and answer session.
Time: Tuesday, March 1, 2016 @ 7:00PM
Location: Endicott Estate (656 East Street)
Join us on Tuesday March 1st to hear about updates and next steps on the Dedham Heritage Rail Trail project. This will be a fun event with treats and beverages. We hope to see you there and encourage you to share this event with friends, family and neighbors!
- Program Welcome/Introduction
- Screening of "The Dedham Rail Trail" short film
- Testimonials from abutter supporters
- Guest speaker TBA
- Updates on Friends activities in support of the project
- Projected timeline and costs of project
- Funding plans/sources
- Thank you to State Rep. Paul McMurtry and State Senator Mike Rush
- Call for volunteers - overview of upcoming events and donation needs
- Open Q&A
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