Passive Recreational Easement Granted by McConnell Family

By Kim Siebert MacPhail

On Monday night, the Selectmen accepted a public easement declaration from the McConnell family of 97A North Road that will allow passive recreation access within their property, adjacent to the Lindau Farm conservation land, from North Road through the woods to Paul Revere Road.  The easement is over an old road bed, along a “way” known as Old Middlesex Road.

“There is a path there that is fairly well worn now,” said Selectmen Chair Cathy Cordes. “This is going to make it legal and also gives us the ability to go in there and make it clear.

“The Trails Committee has been very diligent about trying to come up with [trail] loops and connect with easements wherever they need to. This is the result of that work,” Cordes added.

The Conservation Commission has already accepted the terms of the easement that include the establishment and maintenance of a five foot wide trail and the ability to place bog bridges across seasonally wet areas, as needed. The agreement allows access through the property but protects the McConnell family from liability in the event that someone using the pathway incurs injury.

To read about the short and the long loop circuit trails that the Trails Committee and others have been working to establish, visit:

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