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FBRTC launches petition to extend trail to Downtown Franklin!

Connecting Our Trail To Our Community

FBRTC is collecting local support for revitalizing the economic and recreational opportunities for Downtown Franklin and the surrounding communities by connecting the 1.4-mile Franklin Industrial Track with easy, convenient access to the 22-mile SNETT rail trail!

A trailhead near Downtown Franklin, at Union Street and Cottage Street, will create a healthy opportunity for everyone to safely walk, bike and be active outdoors. The attraction of trail users to the Downtown Franklin area will benefit and rejuvenate the economic activities for restaurants and retailers, improving the overall value and vibrancy of our community.

Project updates:

  • With support of our state legislators, Franklin was able to secure $700,000 of state funding in FY23 for the trail extension. 
  • A feasibility study to assess the track conditions and best path forward is underway. Among the features being examined is the current and potential future ownership of the stretch.

2021 – Year in review

Another year with Covid-19 behind us. Benefits of outdoor recreation during these unprecedented times are bringing many people to the SNETT rail trail. We have seen many different uses of the trail throughout the year, such as walking, running, hiking, biking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, dog walking, strolling with strollers, younger kids riding their scooters or tricycles, nature watching and nature photography. We love to see everyone enjoying the trail!

Please click this LINK to read our annual report.

We are looking forward to 2022 and to your continued support, whether you volunteer with us or support us financially by becoming a member or renewing your current membership.

See you on the trail or at one of our events!

The Franklin & Bellingham Rail Trail Committee

MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR COMMUNITY

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

The Franklin Bellingham Rail Trail Committee (FBRTC) is now accepting nominations to serve in leadership positions. Your help is critical at this time to maintain this great community resource.

What is the Mission?
The Franklin & Bellingham Rail Trail Committee (FBRTC) is a volunteer advocacy group dedicated to the development, maintenance, and financial support of the Southern New England Rail Trail as a multi-use, universally accessible recreational path.

Here is what some of our volunteers say about being involved!

“I first got involved with the FBRTC to help develop the local rail trail and offer outdoor recreation opportunities for myself and my kids. What I received back was much more! Serving on the committee has connected me to neighbors and leaders in my community and has led to friendships both professionally and personally. I feel good giving back, and at the same time helping to create opportunities for people to improve their health and connect with nature.”
Marc (pictured front left helping to clear the Fox Run Rd section)
“I appreciate the work being done on the trail. While walking the Rail Trail: I especially treasure the serenity and fresh air, Walking with my grandchildren and dog, To feel like I’m in the woods but only a few yards away from civilization, The maps on the kiosks, The cleanness, safety, and surface and width of the trail.”
Tony (pictured left with Darren cleaning the drainage ditches on Lake St to Prospect St section)
“Not everybody can say that they are helping to build something permanent that will be utilized by Franklin, Bellingham and neighboring towns for the good health and happiness of all of our residents; but we can! When we achieve our goals, we can also say that we are leaving something really good for our children and grandchildren! Help us achieve our goals!
David (pictured left as a long time director of our road race, Dave has started the FBRTC and has worn many hats during his very productive tenure)

Being part of the committee helps ensure the benefits of the trail are there for you and others!

How You Can Help
The committee is charged with assembling a slate of nominees for President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary. Other positions and areas to serve are also available and determined by need on an annual basis. 

Any interested member is eligible to serve. Please complete the online form now to be contacted. Nominations must be received before January 10, 2022. You can also reach out to the committee directly to discuss getting involved at fbrtcommittee@gmail.com

While we hope that we are overwhelmed with nominations, we recognize that not everyone has the time to serve. FBRTC has always been a volunteer-based organization with multiple opportunities at a variety of levels. To that end, we would encourage you to fill out the interest form.

Thank you! – 10th Annual 5K Run/Walk

We would like to thank all 103 runners/walkers who participated in our 10th annual (this year virtual) 5K road race.

You can find the results here: https://resultscui.active.com/events/10thAnnualFBRTCVirtualTrailRace5KRunorWalk

Congratulations to the winners: Nicholas Bailey (Men’s Open), Elizabeth Hannon (Women’s Open), Stephen Sullivan (Men’s Senior), Donna Antkowiak (Women’s Senior).

We would also like to thank our race sponsors for their generous donations:

67 Degrees Brewing

Nerds to Go Computer Service

Staples Connect

Anthony Martone, CPA, Walpole

Bellezza Day Spa and Simply Skin by Angela

R.E. Erickson Co.

Ameriprise Financial

Orangetheory Fitness, Walpole

Joseph M. Sardonini Jr, CPA

Castro, Thresher & Oliveira, Certified Public Accountants

Pet Supplies Plus, Franklin

Franklin Agway

PR Running, Westborough

And last, but not least – this race would not be possible without the hard work of our Race Committee and the Tri-Valley Front Runners. Thank you! Please visit the TVFR website for upcoming running events or to become a member.

SNETT Trail Featured on Finding Easy Walks

Marjorie Turner Hollman, a personal historian, author of several books on Easy Walks in MA and RI, and an avid walker and nature lover recently visited the SNETT rail trail with Access Bellingham-Mendon TV and one of our volunteers Tony DaSilva. We hope you will enjoy learning more about the trail in this episode of Finding easy Walks Wherever You Are.

New episode about the Blackstone River Greenway that runs concurrently with the SNETT trail for about 3.5 miles between Blackstone and Douglas was just filmed.

You can also find more blog posts about the SNETT rail trail by Marjorie Turner Hollman on her website and more Finding Easy Walks Wherever You Are episodes HERE.

Happy Trails!

Prospect Street Tunnel Open!

On October 30, 2020 a small group of local and state officials and FBRTC representatives gathered on a snowy day at the newly finished Prospect Street tunnel in Franklin, MA for an official ribbon cutting ceremony.

We are beyond excited about this tunnel providing a great connectivity between the the SNETT trail in Franklin and Bellingham (and beyond)! We are already seeing substantial increase in the trail usage by both the pedestrians and the bicyclists and we hope you are enjoying this wonderful nature resource in our communities as much as we are.

We are very grateful to all involved who made this project happen. Thank you for your time, effort and perseverance! Countless hours and years of work are behind the improvements you see on the trail.

We would like to use this post to gather a collection of materials about how this tunnel project came to fruition, who helped along way etc. Below please find links for you to browse at your convenience.

Happy Trails!

PS. We will have an event to celebrate with all of you when circumstances allow.

FBRTC Tunnel Approved Announcement: https://www.franklinbellinghamrailtrail.org/2019/09/13/big-news-prospect-st-tunnel-funding-approved/

Milford Daily News: A tunnel bridging a troublesome gap along the Southern New England Trunkline Trail (SNETT) has been reconfigured and is open once again.

The journey to upgrade the tunnel – Franklin Matters: https://www.franklinmatters.org/2020/11/the-franklin-bellingham-rail-trail.html

Jeff Roy: Facebook post (history of the project funding in photos)With good synergy, great things can happen.

MetroWest Daily News: Photos – SNETT Tunnel Celebrated in Franklin

FBRTC Photos: Tunnel opening on Flickr.