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Sep. 25, 2021 - Opening celectration for phase 1 of the Squannacook River Rail Trail

Thanks to everyone who showed up for our rail trail opening ceremony Sep 25! It was a terrific turnout and a beautiful day! Click on any of the pictures below for high resolution version.

Watch the YouTube video of the rail trail opening ceremony

Squannacook Greenways President Peter Cunningham welcomes all to the rail trail opening. (Click for high resolution image)

The weather was great and turnout was great! (Click for high resolution image)

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Squannacook Greenways president Peter Cunningham welcomes everyone (Click for high resolution image)

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Father Maher, pastor of St. Johns and Our Lady of Grace, offers the invocation (Click for high resolution image)

The best seat in the house! (Click for high resolution image)

Massachusetts 3rd District Congresswoman Lori Trahan address the group (Click for high resolution image)

Congresswoman Trahan and her daughter (Click for high resolution image)

Congresswoman Lori Trahan awards Squannacook Greenways a certificate of congressional recognition (Click for high resolution image)

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State Senator John Cronin awards Squannacook Greenways a citation of recognition from State Senate (Click for high resolution image)

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State Representative Sheila Harrington, represented by Andrew Shepherd, awards Squannacook Greenways a citation of recognition from State House of Representtives (Click for high resolution image)

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State Senator Edward Kennedy spoke about his appeciation for rail trails (Click for high resolution image)

Veronica Kell, Chairperson of the Townsend Select Board, spoke of Townsend's support for the rail trail (Click for high resolution image)

Squannacook Greenways Treasurer Bill Rideout spoke about the key groups that made this rail trail possible (Click for high resolution image)

Sue and Ken Gerken, and Hirk Fortin were some of the earliest proponents of this rail trail (Click for high resolution image)

The Nashua River Watershed Association was the driving force behind this project for nearly a decade. Pictured: Joan Wotkowicz, Lucy Wallace, Al Futterman, and Marion Stoddart (Click for high resolution image)

Key advisors: Colleen Abrams (president of Wachusett Greenways), Gene Rauhala, John and Mary Barrett, and Steve Winslow (Click for high resolution image)

Heros of the MBTA lease: Gary Shepherd, Steve Adams, and Linda Mack from the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts (CFNCM), Andrew Shepherd representing Sheila Harrington, Andy Sheehan, State Senator John Cronin, John Barrett (CFNCM), and State Senator Edward Kennedy (Click for high resolution image)

Grant agencies: Steve Adams and Linda Mack from the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts, Bob and Larry Anderson from the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation (Click for high resolution image)

Granite bench donors: The McNabb family, Paul Sebring and Joan Wotkowicz, the Meehan family, and the Rideout family (Click for high resolution image)

Granite pillar donors: Businesses: Townsend Center Realty, Nashoba Paddlers, Workers Credit Union, North End Subaru Mazda, Deluxe, Squanicook Associates Real Estate; Individuals: Paul and Joan Wotkowicz, John and Mary Barrett, Bruce Easom, Peter and Jean Cunningham, Ken and Sue Gerken, and the Rideout Family (Click for high resolution image)

Brick donors (Click for high resolution image)

Brick donors (Click for high resolution image)

Permitting: Veronica Kell and Joseph Shank (Townsend Select Board), and engineer Stan Dillis (Click for high resolution image)

Construction team: Gary Shepherd, Chris Overton, James Gates, Bill King, and Andrew Shepherd (Click for high resolution image)

Squannacook Greenways board of directors: Pete Carson, Joan Wotkowicz, Bill Rideout, Bruce Easom, Mark Cram, Dan Hager, Peter Cunningham, Alfred Gadway, Tim (and Imagene) Palmer (Click for high resolution image)

Celebration of Steve Meehan - front row family, friends of Steve behind (Click for high resolution image)

Celebration of Steve Meehan - front row family, friends of Steve behind (Click for high resolution image)

There's more than one way to have fun at a rail trail opening ceremony! (Click for high resolution image)
June 5, 2021 - Volunteer day along the completed and incomplete parts of the rail trail

Thanks to the over 20 volunteers who came out on a hot June day and worked on both the completed and the incomplete parts of the rail trail - they did a great job! It was great to be able to work again as a community as the pandemic ends.

Nov.2, 19, 2019 - Volunteer day # 2 - wattles installation

Lots of pictures of all our great volunteers on our second trail building day Nov. 2, 2019.

Earth Day Rail Trail Clean up 2019

Image of National Night Out

Image of National Night Out

Image of National Night Out

Earth Day Rail Trail Clean up 2019

Image of National Night Out

Image of National Night Out

Image of National Night Out

Earth Day Rail Trail Clean up 2019

Image of National Night Out

Image of National Night Out

Image of National Night Out

Image of National Night Out

Oct 19, 2019 - Volunteer day # 1 - brush removal

Lots of pictures of all our great volunteers on our first trail building day Oct 19, 2019.

Earth Day Rail Trail Clean up 2019

Image of National Night Out

Image of National Night Out

Image of National Night Out

Earth Day Rail Trail Clean up 2019

Image of National Night Out

Image of National Night Out

Image of National Night Out

Earth Day Rail Trail Clean up 2019

Image of National Night Out

Image of National Night Out

Image of National Night Out

Earth Day Rail Trail Clean up 2019

Image of National Night Out

Image of National Night Out

Image of National Night Out

Image of National Night Out

Image of National Night Out

September 2019 - Nashua River Watershed Association's guided walk along the rail trail

As part of their 50th anniversary, the Nashua River Watershed Association led a guided walk along the Squannacook River Rail Trail.

Earth Day Rail Trail Clean up 2019

Image of National Night Out

Image of National Night Out

Image of National Night Out

April 2019 - Ecumenical Earth Day Rail Trail Clean Up

Thanks to the twenty volunteers who joined up to remove 26 bags of trash from the Squannacook River Rail Trail on Earth Day in Townsend, April 27, 2019. And thanks to our co-sponsors Townsend Congregational Church, St. John the Evangelist Church, and New Beginnings United Methodist Church.

Earth Day Rail Trail Clean up 2019

Image of National Night Out

Image of National Night Out

Image of National Night Out

August 2018 - National Night Out at North Middlesex High School

Thanks to everyone who turned out for National Night Out in Townsend, and thanks to Chief Bailey for organizing this! We talked about how our non-profit is working hard to complete permitting in time for the construction window in Nov. 2108.

Image of National Night Out

Image of National Night Out

April 2018 - Earth Day in Townsend

Thanks to everyone who stopped by to here the latest about the Squannacook River Rail Trail at Townsend Earth Day!

Earth Day 2018

Earth Day 2018

Earth Day 2018

Earth Day 2018

Earth Day 2018

Earth Day 2018

Nov 2017 - Walk along the Squannacook River

Thanks to everyone who enjoyed a beautiful fall walk along the Squannacook River. And a special thanks to Al Futterman from the Nashua River Watershed Association and Bill Wilkinson, the Townsend representative on the Wild and Scenic Rivers Study Committee, for all their help!

Walk along the Squannacook River

Walk along the Squannacook River

June 2017 - First annual Family Day on the Rail Trail

Thanks to the over 65 participants (many in strollers!) who had a great time at the Family Day on the Squannacook River Rail Trail! And thanks to everyone who worked to make it special, including the Townsend Police Department, Nashoba Paddlers, Groton Turtle Conservation, and Rock and Roll Gymnastics. We all can't wait to hold this event on a stone dust trail instead of a walking path!

Family Day

Family Day

The nature arts and crafts table.

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Participants heading home from family day tired and happy.

Almost back to the beginning at Depot Street.

Some key technical advisors behind the event.
April 2017 - Earth Day and the second annual clean up day

Thanks to everyone who helped! Thankfully, there was only about 1/3 the trash we had the first year.

Over 60 people enjoy a guided walk along the Squannacook River Rail Trail - Nov 2016

On Nov 5, 2016, Squannacook Greenways, in conjuction with Freedom's Way National Heritage Area and the Townsend Historical Society, held a guided one way walk of the Squannacook River Rail Trail. We were thrilled when over 60 people turned up to enjoy the walk. Thanks to everyone who attended, and thanks to the Townsend Historical Society for offering walkers a tour of the Reed Homestead.

Walking the rail trail  Reed Homestead tour

Putting up markers along the rail trail - Oct 2016

Group shot of rail trail walkers

Rail Trail walk

Public trail walk - June 2016

Group shot of rail trail walkers

Thanks to everyone who walked the rail trail in the face of impending rain!

Rail Trail walk

Volunteer trail clearing - May 2016

Trail clearing 2016

Trail clearing 2016

Trail clearing 2016

Trail clearing 2016

Earth Day - First annual trail clean up and outreach - April 2016

Earth Day 2016

Thanks to all the volunteers who turned out to help!

Earth Day 2016

Earth Day 2016

Earth Day 2016

Earth Day 2011

Earth Day 2016

Earth Day - April 2011

Earth Day 2011

Earth Day 2011

Tour of MassCentral trail built by Wachusett Greenways - April 28, 2010

Wachusetts Greenway

The rail trail goups discuss a maintenance issue with Ed Yaglou of Wachusett Greeways.

Wachusetts Greenway

A view up the trail.

Wachusetts Greenway

The group gathers near an informational kiosk.

Wachusetts Greenway

Ed Yaglou and Peter Carson from the Groton rail trail committee.

Wachusetts Greenway

Riding on the stone dust trail.

Wachusetts Greenway

Crossing one of the new bridges.

Wachusetts Greenway

One of numerous signs describing the Springdale Mill historic site.

Wachusetts Greenway

Remains of the Springdale Mill complex.

Wachusetts Greenway

The rail trail goups discuss a maintenance issue with Ed Yaglou of Wachusett Greeways.

Wachusetts Greenway

Ken Gerken trying to keep warm in the cold drizzle.
Earth Day - April 2010

Earth Day picture

Earth Day picture

Earth Day - April 2009

Earth Day 2009

Earth Day 2009

Earth Day 2009

Trail walk with Congresswoman Tsongas - Oct 24, 2008

Trail walk with Congresswoman Tsongas

From left to right: Steve Meehan (Townsend), Al Futterman and Marion Stoddart (Nashua River Watershed Association), Congresswoman Tsongas, and Peter Cunningham (Groton)

Trail walk with Congresswoman Tsongas

Steve Meehan, Congresswoman Tsongas, and Peter Cunningham discuss the rail trail.

Trail walk with Congresswoman Tsongas

Steve Meehan and Congresswoman Tsongas walk the rail bed with Elizabeth Ainsley Campbell and Marion Stoddart of the Nashua River Watershed Association.

From left: Peter Cunningham, Jane Adams (Regional Coordinator), Steve Meehan, and Congresswoman Tsongas.
Public meeting with Fay, Spofford & Thorndike - June 12, 2008

FST meeting

FST meeting

FST meeting

FST meeting

FST meeting

Earth Day - April 2008

Earth Day 2008

Earth Day 2008

Earth Day 2008

Earth Day 2008

Townsend 275th Anniversary - Sep 2007

Earth Day - Apr 2007

Earth Day

Earth Day

Thanks to our kid's crafts volunteers - Kayla Blackwell, Lisa Dumont, Kim Cormier, and Hope Rideout.

Earth Day picture

Earth Day - April 2006

Earth Day 2006

Earth Day 2006

Earth Day 2006

Earth Day 2006