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Upper Charles Trail Committee calls meeting to discuss controversial Town Meeting funding request

by | Apr 11, 2022 | Featured: News, News

Upper Charles Trail proposal map

Segments 5 and 6 for the Upper Charles Trail proposal would take the trail across Hayden Rowe Street and around Marathon School.

The Upper Charles Trail Committee has scheduled a meeting for Wednesday at 11 a.m. to “consider and vote whether to proceed with the committee’s request to the Community Preservation Committee for funding at the Annual Town Meeting for Campus Connector Segments 5 and 6.”

The meeting will take place hours before the town hosts a public workshop (5-8 p.m.) for residents to ask questions and receive information about the committee’s work to extend the Upper Charles Trail from Milford to Ashland.

The committee’s proposal to run the trail along Hayden Rowe Street (Route 85) has come under heavy criticism from abutters and residents primarily concerned about safety issues along the busy road.

The segments under discussion would extend the Center Trail from Loop Road across Hayden Rowe and around Marathon School. This also has been criticized by many residents, and the School Committee earlier this year voted 5-0 against supporting the plan.

At last Wednesday’s Upper Charles Trail Committee meeting, Chair Jane Moran indicated the committee — which does not have any more regularly scheduled meetings before Town Meeting — would meet right before Town Meeting to decide whether or not to request no action on its article requesting $411,600 in funding from the Community Preservation Committee. That meeting now has been pushed up to Wednesday.