New Tri-Community Greenway breaks ground in Winchester

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.

path along Aberjona RiverOnce 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.

Winchester Town Day 2017

Winchester Town Day

This is the  36th Annual Town Day in Winchester.

Always  fun for all ages where the Winchester community eats, shops, runs, and watching performances and listen to music. Friday starts with a block party and the Battle of the Bands. Then Saturday morning the Road Race and a Pancake Breakfast. Streets will be filled with booths of organizations, shops, and food merchants.
We will have our booth so come on by and talk to us about this new parent organization Winchester Farmers Market Community Hub, talk about our new vendors  upcoming events at the farmers market. Plus if you want to volunteer for the booth, please contact us.

We heard that some stages and booth might be moved around due to the road and bridge construction, so go to the Town Day website to get current information and the Town Day schedule.

Hear what’s new for Town Day 2017 on WinCAM Podcast. (Interview starts at 21:25.)

Civic Gathering No.3 – Building Momentum in Service of a Caring and Inclusive Community

WMCN Civic Gathering No.3

The Winchester Multicultural Network, the Board of Selectmen, and the School Committee invite you to the town’s third Civic Gathering, scheduled for Thursday, May 18, from 7 – 9 pm at the Sanborn House (15 High Street, Winchester).

This year has seen a very encouraging groundswell of civic dialogue and engagement to ensure equity and inclusion and bolster community development in Winchester as a whole.

Small groups of people who live and/or work in our town are addressing concerns about intolerance, inequity, and divisiveness through various initiatives, promoting: active bystander/upstander training; intergenerational dialogues; civic education; awareness of Winchester’s Human Rights Statement and core values; collaboration between town organizations; diversity among staff and multicultural professional development in our schools; a community culture that is welcoming; dialogues across political differences; and interfaith collaborations to support refugees.

On May 18th, come learn about these and other efforts where community members will share information about the activities and plans of the various working groups, with the goal of maximizing impact through increased awareness and collaboration.

All are welcome to join us for this important opportunity to become informed and connected to these efforts to strengthen our community.

Winchester ‘Leading By Example’ Award Celebration

Monday, February 6th, 5:30-7:00PM, Winchester Town Hall Auditorium

Celebrate Winchester’s Successful Community Effort to Reduce Our Energy Use Municipal & Residential. Come enjoy displays, appreciations, good conversation & food.  Celebrate our town’s Leading By Example Award, our participation as a Green Community & the WinSaves 2016 Campaign.

Strengthening Winchester: A Civic Gathering

This event is being co-presented by the Winchester Multicultural Network, the Board of Selectmen, and the School Committee, and is intended to build on the positive energy and community spirit evidenced at the first civic gathering in November.  Their goal for this gathering is to hear from the diverse civic interests of the community, make collective decisions and launch into action. Your participation and leadership will be the driving force behind the success of this event!

Join us now as we identify and discuss attainable next steps to amplify the town’s human rights values and continue building a resilient and robust community by engaging with the following:

  • Schools Youth,
  • Families and Seniors
  • Winchester’s Human Rights Statement
  • Active Bystander & Leadership Training
  • Interfaith Organizing Community/
  • Civic Engagement and more

Thursday, February 2, 2017

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Jenks Center, Cummings Room
109 Skillings Road, Winchester