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Sep. 25, 2021 - Phase 1 opening ceremony a great day!

Thanks to everyone who showed up for our rail trail opening ceremony Sep 25! It was a terrific turnout and a beautiful day! Squannacook Greenways was awarded certificates by Congresswoman Lori Trahan, State Senator John Cronin, and State Representative Sheila Harrington. See our events page for lots more photos of the many groups that made this rail trail possible.

Click the image to watch a YouTube video of the ceremony - thanks to TCAM

Congresswoman Lori Trahan awards Squannacook Greenways a certificate of congressional recognition (Click for high resolution image)
Send us your photos from the rail trail!
Check out our trail users page to see people enjoying the Squannacook River Rail Trail! We would love to add your pictures too - just email them to info@sqgw.org.

Father Maher gives the trail a try!

Even a unicycle can ride a stone dust surface!
In memory of Steve Meehan - Sep 14, 2019

We all at Squannacook Greenways were heartbroken at the loss of our long time president and close friend Steve Meehan. Without Steve's intelligence, charm, determination and humor, this rail trail would have faded long ago, instead of rapidly approaching construction. Every time we walk or ride this rail trail for years to come, Steve will be with us in our hearts. And check out our page of pictures of Steve that also lists those who donated to our cause in his memory.

Steve Meehan signing the MBTA lease

Steve Meehan signing the MBTA lease, the culmination of 12 years of work
What is the plan for completing construction of this rail trail?

After more than a decade of work by our board and dedicated volunteers, construction of the Squannacook River Rail Trail is now well underway. Here's a brief overview of what has happened so far, and what our plans are for completion. All future phases depend on our winning grants, and so definite timetables are not yet set.

Year (Nov-Mar)/Phase Location Description
2019 Entire 3.7 mile rail trail Bill King cleared the entire 20 foot corridor of trees; Max13 installed a fence behind Sterilite

Entire 3.7 mile rail trail

Depot St. to Old Meetinghouse (Townsend)

Keystone removed the steel rails from the entire rail trail.

Shepherd's did a great job completing the first 1.1 miles of the stone dust rail trail

Phase 2 Old Meetinghouse to Harbor Church (Townsend) Funds for much of construction have already been raised, but winning additional grants is still required.
Phase 3 Northern Crosswinds to Bertozzi (Groton) Groton town meeting in May 2021 approved Community Preservation Act funding for the 20% matching funds for construction of this section. We will be applying for the other 80% of the cost through the MassTrails grant in Jan. 2022.
Phase 4 South St (Townsend) to Northern Crosswinds (Groton) Definitive plans for funding construction of the final section of the Squannacook River Rail Trail will be finalized later.
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Who is building the Squannacook River Rail Trail?

In a word, you! The Squannacook River Rail Trail is being built by a local non-profit, Squannacook Greenways, with money from grants and donations only. The trail will be maintained by local volunteers.

Volunteers will maintain this rail trail.

During the pandemic, Board of Directors meetings of the non-profit Squannacook Greenways are being held on-line.

Contact us at info@sqgw.org