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The Boroughs Loop Trail (BLT) is a 33-mile loop that connects the trail networks of Marlborough, Northborough, Westborough and Southborough initiated by the Marlborough Economic Development Commission.
This project was proposed to "strengthen the trails and greenways of the region as a means to make the Boroughs a more attractive and desirable location for employers, their employees and residents." (BLT Feasibility Study, January 2013 [PDF])
The project is a collaborative effort including a mix of municipalities, non-profits, land trusts, and state agencies.
Southborough committed to doing its part to open this section of trail and this initiative is helping to fulfill the town's commitment.
Rough estimate: $245,000 to $292,000 (excluding equipment rental)
Yes, the committee will be leveraging CPA funds as matching funds for a 2022 Mass Trails Recreation Grant Proposal. Funds from the MassTrails grants will only apply if the Committee is awarded a grant.
Bottom Line: The CPA funds will be used as matching funds to apply for a grant to fund a larger project as outlined in question Number 4 below. If no grant is awarded, the CPA funds will be used to complete the original CPA project as proposed in the CPA application.
A few possible options to expand the project where additional funds can be used:
The Committee confirmed that the town is covered for liability via its existing insurance policy. We would need to include a standard sign on the fence indicating the following: no trespassing/no climbing/private property.
A phased approach is underway to reach out to the trail neighbors to inform them of the public opening of the access road, to ask for their input, and to address any questions:
Yes. Currently, 3 to 4 cars can park at the gate at 142 Boston Road (intersection Route30 and Central Street) without blocking the gate.
Parking is also available along Central Street, near Fayville park (short walk to trailhead).
Parking may be available across from Stony Brook Road at a commercial site once proper permission is obtained.