Upper Falls Events

Thursday, October 25 2013, was the long-anticipated ground-breaking for the Upper Falls Greenway project. The first video below shows the removal of the first section of track by Iron Horse Preservation Society. The next is a video of a trip in a small rail-travel vehicle called a "speeder" (holding just 3 people and a driver) along the entire stretch from Oak Street to the end near National Lumber (about 4 minutes). The last video is a shortened version of the return trip. Note: these videos may take a while to load. While the video plays, double-clicking will make it full-screen. (Videos by Mark Bridger.) The speeder trips were the last uses of these tracks, which date back to the transport of material used to fill in the Back Bay. They will be mostly ripped up for scrap, with just a few saved for historic and sentimental purposes. The Greenway Park should be ready by the end of the year.

 

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On Monday, November 19 2012 there was an official ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the recently rehabilitated Hemlock Gorge Dike. Presiding was Edward M. Lambert Jr., Commissioner of the Dept. of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). The Mayor Setti Warren and our Alderman Brian Yates were also there. Here are some photos (M. Bridger):

 

 

 

 

Click HERE to see a poster for Upper Falls Heritage Day (September 23, 2012).

And here are some photos of the event:

 
   
   

In conjunction with NewtonServes, we did some cleanup last spring along the route of the Upper Falls Greenway. For some pictures, posted on the Greenway Facebook site, click HERE.

Here are some pics from the rappelling demo at the Firehouse (3/23/12):