A letter from FBFRT President: Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Year End Appeal and Planning for 2018

Hi all. I’m curious who might be on the BFRT today. I have to walk our awesomely cute and friendly dog Holly, but otherwise, not really into single digit and below outside activities.

Last year I sent out the year-end appeal on December 31st, which means I’m way ahead of this year, right?

In 2018 we will need funds to pay for kiosks, benches, porta-johns, trail signage, replacement pedestrian crossing system, maintenance of website and customer relationship management system, insurance, and the ribbon cutting party for Phase 2A in Acton, Carlisle & Westford. Who knows what else? Help pay for the design of access off of the Phase 2B Route 2 bridge (which we’ve learned definitively will not be part of the Phase 2B project, but an add-on project – so “Bridge the Gap” efforts will live on in some form); the final design in Sudbury, design of the connection from the current northern terminus at Cross Point through the Cross Point parking lot and across Industrial Ave to the right-of-way Gervais Automotive purchased and will be paving; somehow, someway start a big fundraising campaign to purchase the Phase 3 right-of-way from CSX in Sudbury.

So please donate or renew your dues-paying membership, or start a dues-paying membership.

For new memberships or to renew a membership:
https://secure.brucefreemanrailtrail.org/np/clients/fbfrt/membershipJoin.jsp

To donate:
https://secure.brucefreemanrailtrail.org/np/clients/fbfrt/campaign.jsp?campaign=6

Or if you would prefer to send a check, mail it to:

Friends of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail
PO Box 1192
ConcordMA 01742

Individual Membership $10
Family Membership $25
Sponsor $50
Conductor $100
Engineer $250
RR Tycoon $500+

The Friends of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail, Inc. is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) organization—membership fees and donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

More from me soon.

If you have any questions feel free to contact me directly at tmichelman@gmail.com or 978-580-6190.

Best regards,

Tom Michelman
President – Friends of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail
www.brucefreemanrailtrail.org
978-580-6190
tmichelman@gmail.com

Looking to get More Involved with the FBFRT in 2018?

If you have made a resolution to get more involved with the BFRT and the FBFRT in 2018, we are having a planning / Board Meeting on the evening of January 4th.  If you would like to learn more / attend, please contact me (Tom Michelman) at 978-580-6190 or tmichelman@gmail.com

September 2017 - Paving near Old Marlboro  Road and Cottage Street

September 2017 – Paving near Old Marlboro Road and Cottage Street

January 2017: A view of the bridge from Rte 2A - Photo: Larry Bruns

January 2017: A view of the bridge from Rte 2A – Photo: Larry Bruns

Powder Mill Culvert construction - August 2017. Photo credit: John Wood

Powder Mill Culvert construction – August 2017. Photo credit: John Wood

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View maps for the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail
Download a Phase 1 Trail Map with Parking Information here (PDF) Phase 1 is in Lowell, Chelmsford, and Westford.

Download a Phase 2C Trail Map (PDF) Note: Phase 2C in Concord is not complete. For safety purposes, using the trail is prohibited until construction is completed.