2020 Southborough Trails Projects
Reconstruction of the Bay Circuit & Boroughs Loop Connector Trail - Now Open
With the help of the Bay Circuit Trail Work Group, Committee and Community volunteers, and with the cooperation of Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA), Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), Southborough Recreation, Southborough Conservation, and Framingham Parks and Recreation, the Committee completed the reconstruction of this 0.7 miles section of trail in August 2020. This connecting trail joins two existing regional Bay Circuit / Boroughs Loop Trail segments, eliminating the need to walk along Pleasant Street, Pine Hill Road, and Clemmons Street.
This wooded trail (1.4 miles roundtrip) can be accessed from the intersection of Clemmons and Nichols Street where there is parking for a few cars. The trail is located near the Sudbury Dam Historic District and includes stunning views of the reservoir, Fayville Dam, and Stony Brook. View the Bay Circuit and Boroughs Loop Connector Trail Map (PDF). The trail is great for walking, trail running, and snowshoeing.
No motorized vehicles or dog walking permitted. Pet waste poses a serious threat to water quality. Thank you for doing your part to keep our water clean.
The Committee appreciates all the volunteers and partnering organizations who helped to make this trail possible. A special thanks to the former Trails Committee members for their vision and efforts putting the permit in place and laying the groundwork for this trail to be built.
Enhancing Southborough's Trails - A Project Funded by Choate Fund Grant
In May 2020, The Committee was awarded a grant to purchase 'Southborough Trails' signs for the four map kiosks and to buy the materials to build monofilament fishing line recycling receptacles. This project supports the Committee's efforts to increase the community's awareness about recreational opportunities and resources available in town in addition to protecting wildlife and the environment from fishing debris.
The recycling receptacles will not only raise awareness about protecting wildlife, but we hope it will also reduce litter along the Sudbury Reservoir. It is reported that monofilament fishing lines takes up to 600 years to decompose. Wildlife can become entangled or ingest the fishing line which can lead to drowning or starvation. The Committee built three receptacles and installed them at popular fishing locations around town: Route30 at the causeway, Route85 and Middle Road.
The "Southborough Trails" signs have been installed at the intersection of Route30/Framingham Road/White Bagley, Route 85 near the cemetery, and at Route 30/Old Northborough Road. The fourth sign will be installed at the map kiosk at Fayville Park once the installation has been completed in the fall of 2020.
The Committee thanks the Choate Fund Trustees for funding the project. We also thank MA DCR and Southborough Department of Public Works (DPW) for their willingness to allow us to use existing structures to install the receptacles. A special thanks to BoatUS Foundation for providing the labels at no charge! The Committee also appreciates the excellent craftsmanship provided by Springer Signcraft who completed its second sign project for Southborough.
Trail Markers & Post Installation Between Middle & Parkerville Road
Fay School approached the Trails Committee about installing a few posts with trail markers along the trail adjacent to the Athletic fields on Parkerville Road to improve visibility of the trail. The supplies were donated by a Southborough resident, the Fay School Facilities Department installed the posts, and the Committee added the trail markers The project was completed in August 2020. The Committee thanks Fay School for their help with the installation and the resident who generously donated the materials for the project. This project will help make it clear where the trail continues beyond the field and help trail users better navigate during their walks.
Design & Build Three Map Kiosks
Eagle Scout: Eric Hanson, Troop 1
Project Completion Date: May 2020
This project involved researching and recommending a design template for the map kiosk that will be used at trailheads throughout town. Eric Hanson built three kiosks and installed one at the intersection of Route 30/Framingham Road/White Bagley. The other two kiosks will be installed by Southborough's DPW at
Route 85 near the cemetery and at Fayville Park on Central Street.
The kiosks include maps for the Sudbury Reservoir (SRT), Boroughs Loop (BLT), and the Aqueduct Trail (3 trails in 1). This was a very important project for the town. The kiosks add much needed visibility to key trailheads and provides maps to help trail users navigate the trails safely.
The Committee appreciates Eric's great work on this project, Troop 1 and its leadership, DPW, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), Recreation Department, the Board of Selectman, the Building Department and all other departments, volunteers, family, friends, and community members who contributed to this project.