April 24, 2014 was a beautiful day for the dedication ceremony of the Natick Aqueduct Trail. The use of the aqueduct corridor as a regional trail system takes vision and persistence. Built in the late 1800’s as an underground aqueduct to bring water to the Boston Area, the surface above is now becoming a popular trail for enjoyment of the outdoors. Various communities along the corridor have worked with regional planning agencies, including the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, to make this possible. This corridor provides a vital link to other conservation lands and trail network systems with the goal of providing healthy outdoor activities for the residents. Thank you Joel Barrerra, MAPC Deputy Director, for your persistence in making this happen.
Beals and Thomas performed the initial feasibility study in 1998. It is great to witness the opening of this trail network system. If you would like a copy of the report, please email Robert Weidknecht.