Overview and Status

Presentation to the Board of Selectmen in January 2017

UCTC Presentation BOS Jan 2017

Trail Location Feasibility Reports by VHB  2016

Phase 1 Feasibility Memo FINAL

Phase 2 Feasibility Memo FINAL

Phase 3 Feasibility Memo FINAL

Phase 4 Feasibility Memo, Draft July 14, 2017

Phase 5 Crossing Evaluation, Draft July 17, 2017

 

BENEFITS TO COMMUNITY

Public Safety – Path will provide a safe route parallel to Route 85 for residents to utilize to access the public schools, recreational fields and the center of Town;

Economic Development – Path will provide access to retail and services in downtown Hopkinton and at Legacy Farms for residents and visitors;

Educational – Path will be tied into points of interest such as Hopkinton State Park, Echo Lake (source of the Charles River), Weston Nurseries, Hopkinton Center for the Arts, and the proposed Marathon Museum; and

Physical/Emotional Fitness – Path will increase recreational opportunities and provide access to proximal Town-owned open space and trail systems.

CURRENT STATUS

  • Upper Charles Trail Committee formed in August 2012
  • Currently 11 active members (nine committee members / two alternates)
  • Identified key goals for upcoming year
  • Portions of Trail complete – Center Trail
  • Master Plan initiated by Conway School in January 2015
  • VHB Phase 1, 2, and 3 Feasibility Analysis Complete

GOALS for FY17

  • VHB Feasibility Study Evaluation
  • Evaluation of Possible Trail Locations on east and west side of Route 85
  • Advertising via website/media outlets/town functions (Polyarts, Marathon, etc.)
  • Assist w/ set up 501c3 nonprofit “Friends of the Hop Recreational Trail”
  • Conduct two community informational meetings on trail status
  • Present VHB Feasibility Analysis Results and Status Update to Selectmen
  • Develop a Policy for Press and Media Content
  • Evaluate Trail Funding Options / TIP Strategy