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Bedford Town Trail Walk: “Town Loop” to the new Washington Street Pedestrian Bridge, Saturday July 13 at 9:45 am, led by Clem Larson
July 13, 2019 @ 9:45 am - 12:00 pm
Please join the Bedford Trails Committee for a free “Town Loop” Trail Walk to the new Washington Street Pedestrian Bridge, on Saturday July 13 at 9:45 am, led by Clem Larson. Note that (due to the July 4 holiday), we delayed the trail walk from the normal first Saturday of the month to July 13 instead. Starting at the parking lot behind the Bedford Free Public Library, we’ll cross Town Campus and pass by Town Hall, to the Narrow Gauge Rail Trail and to the Railroad Depot at Depot Park. We’ll walk down to the end of Washington St. at the new Washington St. Pedestrian Bridge. We’ll follow a new trail, crossing the Elm Brook Conservation Area and Minuteman Bikeway Extension rail trail, passing by the John Glenn Middle School, and take the Jenks Nature Trail back to the Library. The walk is a little under 3 miles long, and takes about 1-1/2 to 2 hours.
The newly-completed (December 2018) Washington Street Pedestrian Bridge is a key link from the surrounding neighborhoods to the Town center, especially for students. The 42-foot long fully engineered pre-fabricated steel pedestrian bridge goes over the Elm Brook at the westerly end of Washington Street. This permanent structure replaces a private bridge, and improves access to the Minuteman Bikeway Extension and school campuses through a trail that was created in the spring. The Bridge project was completed using $175,000 in Bedford Community Preservation Committee funding.
Dedicated in 2012, “The Jenks Nature Trail began when Bedford Tree Warden Charles Jenks is believed to have planted saplings from Boston’s Arnold Arboretum and created a smaller arboretum for the town along the former cow run that ran along what is now Mudge Way”—see https://www.wickedlocal.com/article/20120413/news/304139642