Northern Strand Trail Project (Bike to Sea) Receives Key Grants
By Keith Spencer
MALDEN/REVERE/SAUGUS/LYNN – Nearly $85,000 in funding has been granted to further construct the Northern Strand Community Trail, 9-mile community pathway stretching from near Route 16 in Everett through Malden, Revere and Saugus toward the Lynn waterfront. The trail will be used by walkers, bicyclists, runners and other non-motorized modes for recreation and transportation.
Governor Deval Patrick recently announced that the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation awarded $84,022.14 of recreational trail grant funds to Bike to the Sea, the organization dedicated to completing the project. The grant provided funds to begin construction in Malden, Revere, Saugus and Lynn. Funds were previously granted for the construction of the Everett section of the trail.
The funds can be used to work with these specific communities to create a dirt/stone-dust trail via the sale of surplus rail ties. The group initially sought $140,000 to assist communities with creating safe grade crossings.
“We’ll be reaching out to each community to discuss how these resources can address each community’s needs,” said Bike to Sea President Jim Tozza in a press release. “We continue to be committed to working with each community to address their needs and concerns regarding the development of the trail.”
Bike to the Sea, Inc. also recently announced their receipt of two grants totaling $12,500 from Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and The Coca Cola Foundation. These funds have been designated to financing a project manager to work with the communities to implement the DCR grant. The manager will also work to increase community outreach in Lynn.
A groundbreaking ceremony for the next segment of trail will be held in the near future.