Local Government and Politics, Opinion

Letter to the Editor: Reasons to like the Lynnfield rail trail

As residents of Lynnfield and parents/guardians of minors, we support construction of the proposed Wakefield-Lynnfield Rail Trail Project which will convert the 4.4 mile abandoned MBTA rail bed, into a recreational trail that can be enjoyed by all. Collectively, we see the benefits of this proposed trail as follows.

  • Provides a route of safe off-road passage free from distracted drivers for our youth between major town landmarks such as our middle and high schools, and downtown.
  • Offers a town asset to enhance the overall health of our community, enabling residents of all ages and abilities to easily access recreation such as walking, cycling, cross country skiing, running and rollerblading.
  • Increases overall property values by enhancing our community’s desirability within Greater Boston.

We have been encouraged by the recent show of state support in helping to fund the final design, the next stage needed to build the project. In recent months, the nonprofit Friends of the Lynnfield Rail Trail, was awarded a $100,000 reimbursement grant by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. In addition, Lynnfield’s and Wakefield’s state legislative delegation state Reps. Bradley H. Jones Jr., Paul Brodeur and Donald Wong, and Senators Brendan Crighton and Jason M. Lewis secured $500,000 for the trail as part of a $2.4 billion environmental bond bill recently signed into law by Gov. Charlie Baker.

We implore community leaders to advance this project without further delay.

Sincerely,

Chris and Colleen Anderson, Scott and Cindy Areglado, Sonia Arista, Cathy and John Ballou Mealey, Edelyne and Stanley Beauvais, Deb and Lee Biggar, Keith and Melissa Boccaci, Sonia and Ian Brady, Carly and Jason Caggiano, Peter and Lisa Cash, John Ciampa, Michael Ciezlewicz, Duncan and Kristen Cooper, Diane and John Courtney, Geno and Natalie Covino, Sara and Sam Crosbie, Michael and Shannan Cuddy, Pat and Andrea Curley, Tim and Jamie Curley, Patrick and Erin Curley, Michael and Danielle D’Amelio, Kelly Foley Dan Kelley, Shannon DelTore, Kate and Michael DePrizio, Wendy Dixon, Khoa and Thuy Do, Steve Donnelly, Kristen and Craig Elworthy, Maria Fernández-Donovan, Brent Donovan, and Michael Donovan, Vasundhra Ganju, Michael and Emily Geary, Paul and Leahla Glasser, John and Dina Hamel, Chad and Christina Hixon, Sara and Mark Hudson, Brian and Heather Hutter, Maui Ing, Alex and Nada Jovanovic, David and Lis Kaufman, Ben Koyle, John and Stacey Langton, Alexis and William Leahy, Jenn and Jeff Lupien, Michael and Anne Malenfant, Jen and Robert Mandile, Sara and Kamden Mauser, Kara and Matthew Morton, Nate and Courtney Nunley, Larisa and Marc Patacchiola, Nancy Pecoraro McManus, Mark and Elisa Preston, David and Marylee Riester, Catie Roche, Lauren and Nate Rosencranz, Rosie and Edward Schiavo, Shanli Lui Sidun Li, Aicha Charfi Skander Limem, Peter and Crystal Smyrnios, Steven and Sondra Smyrnios, Andrew and Sarah Steer, Patricia and Craig Underwood, Michele and Philip Vaccaro, Amber and Craig Vaccaro, Stacey and Sean Valiton, Swati Kodali Vikram Parvataneni, Liz Wertz, Rich Whitcomb, Nomeeta and Kharram Zaheer.

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