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Rail Trail Committee Mulls Interpretative Signs

by Bobby Blair
November 19, 2018

Rail Trail Committee members had two presentations Wednesday night at town hall.

Cherie Hafford, below, subbing in for Mary Greendale, gave a slide show for interpretative signs their group would like to erect along the trail. The signs would be limited to 6-8 according to Hafford and would be of a historical nature. While the sign material has not been selected, a size of about 13" x 24" is envisioned. Member Ken Henderson questioned the length of the text, while Chairman Robert Weidknecht felt comfortable with the wordy signs. Hafford will send individual signs in the form of a PDF to members for their review.

Tina Hein, below, center, appeared before trail members for a second time to review her plans of a pilot program she would like to begin called "The Walking School Bus." Hein said she has targeted a radius of one mile from the elementary schools and the rail trail for the program. The project is simple in that students met at a stop along the trail and are guided to school with adult supervision, Hein said she has been in contact with the schools and police for logistical concerns. She stated she would like to see the program underway by April 22nd of 2019. More about the Walking Bus Program can be found here /http://guide.saferoutesinfo.org/walking_school_bus/

Below, work appears to finally be beginning at the Rail Trail Parking Lot off of Hopping Brook Road.  A spot check by the HollistonReporter.com on Thursday afternoon showed gravel piles and a roller at the site. The promised parking lot is being built by Solect of Hopkinton, the solar panel firm which illegally cut trees on the town owned land along the trail. The promise of a parking lot was part of a restitution agreement.

 

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Comments (4)

The goal of the PTO sponsored Walking School Bus is to encourage elementary-aged children in using this alternative method of getting to school and promote social well-being, healthy activity, and community engagment. This is a national program and is used in many MA school districts. As a pilot program we have been encouraged by the police to keep the bus stops within route 16 as safety with crossing is a concern. We are looking for areas along the trail to provide access from many neighborhoods, including those around Lowland Street, Regency Drive, and several others. Any and all suggestions are welcome and parent outreach is coming soon...

- Tina Hein | 11/20/18 11:16 AM

I'm sure the best intentions are behind the walking school bus. But jeez , Louise. It's not enough the kids are off the street on a safe, short, well-maintained and pretty straight trail - now they need a chaperone?!?!? That's sad. A lot of kids are already walking the trail to school safely without adult supervision. They've miraculously managed to find their way . Yours can too!!! Let them!!! The trail is for walkers and bikers, not helicopters!

- Melanie M | 11/19/18 5:03 PM

Any plans to add a water fountain and/or bathroom anywhere along the 6.8 holliston miles?

- -Aaron | 11/19/18 2:48 PM

The walking school bus is a great idea. It'd be useful if there were more access to the rail trail. There are large spaces where one can't enter the trail. So, while the walking school bus is good for Mudville, outside of that access is tough. Leaving town heading west, once you pass Arch Street, there's no more access until you get to Cross Street near the Phillips 66 gas station. It'd be great if there could be access for neighborhoods along the southern stretch of Highland, like Rolling Meadow and others. Probably pie-in-the-sky but worth considering.

- James S | 11/19/18 9:25 AM

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