Earlier this month, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy wrote on TrailBlog about the great success of local volunteers in selling sponsorships to fund the installation of mile-markers along the Danvers Rail Trail in northeast Massachusetts.
In just a few months, the Danvers Rail Trail Advisory Committee (right) has raised more than $4,000, which will also help fund the continued improvement of the popular trail.
And the good news keeps coming. This summer, the people of Danvers will hold a celebration to mark the fact that the entire 4.3-mile right-of-way the city leased from the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is now passable. While the rail-trail is not yet finished, the public party on June 2 is a significant milestone for a project that has moved quickly of late, driven by tremendous local support.
According to this article in the Boston Globe, the idea to convert the old Boston and Maine Railroad corridor into a recreational trail has been knocking around since the late 1970s, though the majority of actual progress on the trail has come in the past few years.