A ground breaking ceremony for the start of construction of the Wayland Rail Trail took place on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, at 9:00 AM at the Wayland Depot. The initial portion of the Wayland Rail Trail will stretch from the new town center development to the old Wayland Depot. Funding for this project will come from CPA funds, a DCR grant and the town center development mitigation gift fund. This project, combined with the Eversource rail trail project, will complete 2 miles of continuous Rail Trail in Wayland.
The Mass Central Trail is a 104-mile railroad line that was shattered by a hurricane in 1938. The line once stretched from downtown Boston to Northampton, MA.
Now,almost eighty years later, dedicated volunteers, property owners, government agencies and businesses in 24 communities are working to dig it out and open it up. Instead of trains, there will be tourists and locals, bed and breakfast inns, cross-country skiers, bicyclists, hikers, joggers, and babies in strollers.
Wayland Board of Selectmen Chair, Cherry Karlson, stated “The Town of Wayland looks forward to the development of additional miles of useable trails and also to someday joining our trail to other trails in adjacent communities. We strongly support everyone’s efforts and their continued endeavors to transform this abandoned rail corridor into a linear park. We specifically want to thank the Wayland residents who had this vision and helped us see it through to today’s groundbreaking.”
Groundbreaking ceremony from left: Cherry Karlson, Chair, Board of Selectmen,
Dan Hill, Chair, Planning Board, Larry Kiernan, Wayland Representative to the
the Rail Trail, State Representative Carmine Gentile, Town Planner Sarkis Sarkisian