Trail News

Revere Section of Trail Expected to Open in Spring 2015

(Dec. 14, 2014) The missing link in the Northern Strand Trail is expected to open next spring.

The Revere segment of the trail, which will connect four miles of paved trail in Malden and Everett with 2.5 miles of trail in Saugus, is under construction. Once that is complete, all that will remain in Bike to the Sea’s goal of creating a trail to the beaches in Revere, Lynn and Nahant will be extending the trail from Saugus through Lynn. The city of Lynn has not yet approved those plans.

The city of Malden recently helped connect the end of the Malden portion of the trail to the beginning of the Revere section by creating a paved path through Linden Square.

The one-mile stretch of trail in Revere runs along the edge of the Rumney Marsh and features scenic vistas of the natural landscape. Heavy equipment is being used to build out the trail there which remains very muddy. Bike to the Sea recommends avoiding the area until it opens in the spring.
Work to improve the trail at the intersection of Salem Street is being done by the city of Revere and Bike to the Sea. Funding from DCR Recreational Trails Grant B2C helped remove old train tracks and install new curbing there to make the area safer for bicyclists and pedestrians. Plans to add fencing and a map kiosk will help transform the intersection from an industrial site into a small greenway.

This year Iron Horse Preservation Society worked in Revere removing railroad ties from the old rail bed. The trail will be graded, then topped with a layer of recycled asphalt, followed by a smooth layer of stone dust. There are no immediate plans to pave this section or the section of the trail in Saugus.

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[LATEST UPDATE, 10/18/2013: Much progress was made over the summer on the Everett, Malden and Saugus sections of the Northern Strand Trail. The trail from Everett through Malden, a 4.1-mile stretch from West and Wellington streets in Everett to Linden Square in Malden, was paved.  Iron Horse Preservation completed the surfacing of the Saugus section of the trail. The first community garden was also built along the trail in Malden, between Faulkner and Bryant streets. Work on the Revere portion of the trail is expected to begin in the spring of 2014. Meanwhile, the city of Lynn still has to approve the trail.]

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It’s Official: 3.1 Miles of Trail Now Open in Malden

Officials pose at a ribbon cutting ceremony near Linden Square in Malden.

Malden officials made it official at a ribbon cutting ceremony near Linden Square on Saturday, Dec. 1. The Malden portion of the Northern Strand Trail is officially open.

Check out the video (of the Malden portion of the trail):

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A long wooden bridge was built over the Saugus River.

A 110-foot long bridge was built over the Saugus River, thanks to help from partner Iron Horse.

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eBay Foundation Donates $5K For Trail

The money will go towards developing the trail through Revere. The eBay Foundation considered several applications before choosing Bike to the Sea to win the award.

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Malden Soon To Have 3 Miles of Continuous Trail

A yellow bollard stands out on the trail.

Bollards, crosswalks and safety signs are being installed this Fall on the Malden section of the Northern Strand trail.

The blocked section of trail near Maplewood in Malden will be opened up this fall (2012) so Malden will have a continuous three miles of trail.

Many thank to the Mayors office and the Malden Redevelopment Authority (MRA) for moving this critical issue forward and Beth Debski for her hard work on the trail!

See announcement below.

Mayor Christenson,

“I am pleased to share some very exciting news with you about the Bike to the Sea trail. As you know, the MRA has been working closely with DEP and EPA to develop a plan to construct the trail through the contaminated parcel located behind Papa Gino’s at Maplewood Street. I was just informed that both DEP and EPA have approved the City’s construction plan for this area which will allow us to have 3 miles of a continuous trail through the City.

“Construction will begin next week and should be completed by the end of October. Work will include the placement of 12 inches of material over the existing tracks and the installation of fencing on both sides of the path. The path will be 12 feet wide in this area with 3 foot shoulders on either side of the path. I have authorized funding through the City’s Chapter 90 allocation. Once construction is complete, I will schedule a formal ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of this long-awaited project.

“In the meantime, please feel free to share this news with your constituents and members of Bike to the Sea. Thank you to Beth Debski for staying on this issue since it was identified way back when.”

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Saugus Bike to the Sea Trail Project Almost Finished

A black trail through a green forest.

A portion of the trail in Saugus, Mass.

Bike to the Sea Project Manager Clay Larsen told the Lynn Item last month that he’s hoping to finish the 2 1/2-mile trail in Saugus in “about a month.”

The path starts at the Revere Line near Salem Street and goes past the Anna Parker Playground, past the Belmonte Middle School, through Central Street to Chute Brook and out to Boston Street.

Read more about the project in the Lynn Item.