ASHLAND – The Town of Ashland marked the official start of construction for the Ashland Riverwalk today, October 17, with a ceremonial groundbreaking.
Plans for The Riverwalk Trail Enhancement Project began more than 10 years ago.
Due to the hard work of dedicated volunteers from the Open Space and Recreation Committee, the Community Preservation Committee, Board of Selectmen and Town Staff, the project finally received funding and approval in 2017 and 2018.
“Ashland’s Riverwalk Project marks a new era of both collaboration and investment in Ashland,” said Ashland Town Manager Michael Herbert. “Once completed, it will provide not only a practical but a picturesque addition to downtown and the immediate vicinity.”
There have been several iterations of the project but ultimately residents will see many enhancements to the existing trail to include a handicap accessible parking lot, trail and observation deck off Ponderosa Road; a long span bridge across the Mill Pond inlet to Mill Pond Park; a short-span bridge linking the Ashland Fish and
Game to Marathon Park, downtown Ashland and the MBTA train station; trail improvements behind the houses on Sudbury Road; a trail extension from Marathon Park and a spur trail on Sudbury Road.
“We are thrilled to be breaking ground today. The Sudbury River and Mill Pond are beautiful natural resources in Ashland which will be enhanced by the Riverwalk. Once it’s completed, these resources will be accessible and enjoyed by so many people in our community and our neighbors,” said Roberta Soolman, chair of the
Ashland’s Open Space and Recreation Committee.
The Riverwalk Trail Enhancement Project is being funded through a culmination of local, state, and federal funding sources. These include, capital and community preservation funds; state grants from Massworks and the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant.
Release and photo courtesy of Town of Ashland