Land Donation a Tremendous Gift for Rail-Trail Group in Massachusetts

Posted 01/17/13 by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy in Building Trails | Tagged with Corridors and Railbanking, Massachusetts, Private Fundraising

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Terrific news out of Holliston, Mass., this week, with the generous donation of a parcel of land to make possible the continued development of the Upper Charles Rail Trail.

The Upper Charles Rail Trail is being developed in sections as the land and funding becomes available, driven by a strong local group of volunteers always willing to roll the sleeves up. When complete it will run through Sherborn, Holliston, Milford, Hopkinton and Ashland in eastern Massachusetts.

According to this story at Metro West Daily News, The Fredy and Regula Lienhard Foundation has donated a portion of the trail corridor that runs from South Street to the Milford town line.

"(The foundation) basically donated the land so we can build the trail on that," said Robert Weidknecht, of the Holliston Trails Committee.

Local trail advocates are now hoping some of that generosity might rub off on CSX, the railroad company which owns other significant sections of the planned trail.

"We hope to find the money to purchase the other two pieces from CSX," Weidknecht said. "We know they want to sell them. It's getting the money that is difficult."

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