In the Spring of this year, there was a ground-breaking ceremony for the new Tri-community Bikeway/Greenway. Construction has started in Winchester and the entire pathway into Stoneham will be finished by October 2018.
Watch this video of the ceremony, Senator Jason Lewis presents the history and all the participants who made this 30 year project happen.
It will unite the three towns: Stoneham, Woburn and Winchester. The 6.63 mile multi-use trail will be for walking, jogging, biking, and more. This $5.4 million project is fully funded through state and federal grants. Much of the path follows the old Boston & Maine Railroad tracks and will be at least 16 feet wide allowing for 2-way traffic. There will be a special path from Wedgemere Station in Winchester that will use local streets and parks through Winchester to connect to the recreational land at Horn Pond in Woburn.
This project is all about community: it will be a valuable resource for recreation and commuting as well as, providing economic opportunity for the business along the trail. Here is a map from the Friends of the Tri-Community Greenway.
The Stoneham portion of the trail starts at Gould Street, next to Recreation park and follows the route of the old Stoneham Branch of the Boston & Lowell Railroad into Woburn just before going under I93. The trail starts at Gould and connects to Pomeworth Field by the Central School. After crossing Main Street at Elm it connects back up to the rail line just behind Walgreen’s. In this section, there is an open brook and wetland that is we hope to turn into a nature preserve for all to enjoy. After crossing Montvale Avenuew, the trail takes a straight shot down to I-93.
Once out of Stoneham, the trail changes transitions from the old rail line to a series of enlarged side walks connecting parks and public land. In Woburn, the trail turns south behind the Calvary Cemetery in Winchester towards Davidson Park and continues to wind its way down behind the Winchester High School to the Wedgemere station, skirting the edge of Wedge Pond. Then follows along the Mystic River Valley towards Wedgemere Station, on to Arlington and the Minuteman Trail to Cambridge, Lexington and beyond. In addition, there is a spur that goes northwest up to Horn Pond where there are additional walking trails.