All posts by Renata Gilarova

Outdoor opportunities

We can all use some fresh air and nature during these difficult times. Below are some resources on where you can go.

Few things to remember: Please practice social distancing of 6 or more feet. Dogs must be leashed in many of the places, so please be courteous to other users. Carry in/carry out policy also applies.

As of 3/31/2020 DCR Parks and Trails remain open. Please follow DCR Guidelines when visiting. Up to date information can be found here: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/massachusetts-state-parks-covid-19-update

Town of Franklin trails remain open, however playgrounds, fields and public buildings are closed until May 3rd. For trail info and maps, please go to: https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/431c30cda1e24123b5fe9795b5bae17c

All Mass Audubon and Trustees properties are closed to public until further notice.

For more hiking trails ideas, visit Marjorie Turner Hollman’s Easy Walks blog or Facebook page.

Please make sure to check online before you head outdoors, if trails are still open to public, as things can change quickly.

Be safe and well!

Grove Street Parking Lot Closure

Please be aware that due to the construction of the new water treatment facility, the Grove Street parking area will closed on Thursday 2/13/2020 and Friday 2/14/2020 from 7am to 3pm (from the Franklin DPW).

Please feel free to hop on the trail from our other parking locations at Lake St or Center St in Bellingham. Thank you.

CANCELLED – 10th Annual FBRTC 5K Road Race

3/31/2020 UPDATE – Due to the COVID-19 and school closures until May 4, 2020 the race has been cancelled. Please stay tuned for more details. Thank you.

Register today for our annual road race happening on Saturday, May 2, 2020 at the Remington Middle School in Franklin. Race starts at 10am. You can run 5K or walk 2K.

We are very excited to team up with the Tri-Valley Front Runners (TVFR) organization to help us run the race. Check out their website HERE.

Walk Off Those Cookies December Walk

Thanks to all who joined our successful “Walk off those Holiday Cookies” December group walk on the SNETT. This was another walk with an enthusiastic crowd (15 people and 2 dogs) as we braved some morning ice on the Grove Street and Lake Street sections and trekked all to way to Center Street in Bellingham.

The group as we reached Center Street trailhead in Bellingham, MA.

Once the late morning sun arrived the trail was very navigable with the few icy spots clearly visible. The walkers who brought slip on ice crampons seemed especially enthusiastic!

Some icy spots between Lake and Center Streets in Bellingham, MA.

On today’s walk we had two founding members, Mark and Raianne, of the Massachusetts Walking Tour group who related how they promote local arts and culture throughout Massachusetts. Their Walking Tour came through the SNETT and Franklin in 2017. If you have missed it, keep an eye out for their big, annual June event. Perhaps when our Prospect Street tunnel project is complete we can entice them back for a celebratory concert!

Dogs are always welcome on our walks.

The January group walk will be held on Monday, January 20th (MLK Holiday) at 10am. Starting from Grove Street parking lot in Franklin. Happy New Year and hope you can join us on our January group walk on the SNETT!

Spring Street info kiosk dedication

On November 3rd, 2019 group of FBRTC members gathered to honor the memory of our late member David Barber. Dave’s wife, Audrey Barber, received a commemorative plague from our committee that was placed inside the kiosk Dave built near Spring Street to honor his memory, service and dedication to the SNETT and many other New England rail trails.

Audrey Barber with FBRTC members at the Spring St kiosk.
Audrey Barber with the commemorative plague.
Dave Barber (left) with volunteers installing the kiosk near Spring St, Franklin – October 2017.

November Walk – #optoutside

Excellent turnout for our November ‘Walk Off That Turkey’ SNETT group walk! We had our most adventurous group to date as we walked the trail from Grove St in Franklin all the way to Center St in Bellingham (and back). This group that wouldn’t stop logged 5.2 miles worth of steps as the sunshine and scenery kept enticing us forward. We encountered many users of the SNETT including walkers, joggers and runners. It seemed like everyone who owned a black dog was out enjoying the trail today! We also noticed the Kindness Rocks display (near Center St trailhead) – it could use a few more stones with notes of kindness or encouragement :). We hope you can join us for our December walk, so keep your eyes on the calendar here or on our Facebook events page.

#GivingTuesday – Donate Today

Join the global generosity movement to do good in your own community. The #GivingTuesday this year is on December 3rd and we would love to have your financial support, so that we can apply for larger matching grants to help improve the SNETT rail trail, to be able to do more pop-up StoryWalks®, to provide exciting member-only events and so much more.

Please donate/become a member today. Thank you! https://www.franklinbellinghamrailtrail.org/join-support/

Note: Many companies will match your gift.