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Upper Falls Greenway Photos

     
October 2017    
   
A guided walk of the Greenway was led by (from left) City Council Deb Crossley, Jim Lerner of the
Friends of the Upper Falls Greenway
, and Dan Brody of the Conservators (photo by Ken Mallory)
     
September 2016    
 
The Greenway is officially open, and kiosks have been installed at two locations.   The viewing platform at the Charles River is closed as it awaits some reconstruction work.
     
December 2015    
 
After the orginal contractor stopped work, the Greenway languished for a year. In Fall 2015, the City of Newton stepped in to install a stone dust trail surface and remove the railroad ties.
     
 
    Work remains to be done on the viewing platform over the Charles.
     
January 2015    
 
     
November 2014    
 
A school group uses the unfinished trail    
     
 
     
 
The new viewing platform at the Charles...   ...provides a nice view downstream.
     
 
The upstream view is less scenic...   ...and the view across the bridge into Needham is just plain ugly.
     
 
Looking down the trail from the bridge.   Old railroad ties await removal.
     
July 2014    
 
The bridge over the Charles is being turned into a viewing platform   The view downstream
     
 
The view upstream   The view across the river
     
 
The rails have been removed from the Oak Street crossing   Railroad ties are being turned into a flower planter just west of Oak Street
     
 
     
     
June 2014    
 
By early June, the tracks and ties have been removed    
     
 
A viewing platform will be built on the bridge over the Charles River
     
 
Some work remains to be done where the trail crosses Oak Street
     
May 2014    
 
Construction resumed in May 2014    
     
 
     
 
     
 
     
 
     
December 2013    
 
By December, most of the rails had been removed    
     
 
Old ties are stacked for removal    
     
 
     
 
     
 
     
October 2013    
 
Construction began in the fall of 2013 on conversion of the rail line into the Upper Falls Greenway
     
 
     
 
    The trail is used as a path even before the rails are removed
     
 
    The rails have been detached from the ties, and await removal
     
 
The northern end of the trail, at Easy Street   Spikes and plates are collected for recycling
     
 
Will Avalon at Newton Highlands come to regard the trail as an amenity, rather than a hazard to be fenced off?    
     
 
The former Newton Upper Falls Station, built in 1852, is pictured in this 1984 postcard, when the line was still used for freight service. A 1950 view.   The building is now the Depot Coffee Shoppe.
     
 
     
 
Looking southwest from Oak Street   At the Oak Street entrance to the greenway
     
 
A steep, eroded path leads down to the Charles River Pathway Conservation Area (Williams-Saco Streets)    
     
 
The Greenway will end at this bridge over the Charles River  

Photos by DB

     
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