April 2, 2004

Cochituate Rail Trail Update

With spring comes increased activity on the Cochituate Rail Trail, a proposed walking and cycling path that will hopefully go from Saxonville in northeast Framingham to Natick. The section from Saxonville to Cochituate State Park is currently under development. When finished, it should be a great recreational addition to the area.

The proposed additional piece is crucial, though, because it would extend to the Natick Mall and train station in downtown Natick. This is a major issue for creating a less car-dependent community -- people could use it to get to shopping and commuting destinations. The Framingham Cochituate Rail Trail Committee and the Natick Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee want a trail extension to the mall to be part of the proposed Natick Mall expansion plans -- a super idea!

The Framingham Cochituate Rail Trail Committee's next meeting is Thursday, April 15 at the Framingham Police Station's conference room.

There's also a Cochituate Rail Trail Clean-up Day Saturday, May 1 -- participants are asked to park at 500 Old Connecticut Path, Framingham, and then walk across the street to the sign-up table. More info on the group's Web site.

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