Ribbon Cut on Rehabbed Rail Trail
Above, Rail Trail activists and supporters as FBRTC President Cobi Frongillo cuts a ceremonial ribbon, flanked by State Rep. Jeff. Roy on Saturday morning.
While the rain held off for the ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly resurfaced section of the Southern New England Rail Trail (SNETT), the chilly wind made those still wearing winter coats look like the smart set. A crowd of nearly 30 activists, many affiliated with the Franklin-Bellingham Rail Trail Committee (FBRTC) , started gathering about 15 minutes before the 11 AM time scheduled the event.
Several minutes after 11, FBRTC President Cobi Frongillo arrived, parting the Grove Street Traffic as he bounded over from the parking lot and mounted a boulder to deliver his brief remarks, in which he thanked everyone for coming, pitching monthly FBRTC trail walk (and the virtues of getting involved).
Frongillo also recognized State Rep. Jeff Roy, Town Councilor Glenn Jones and Town Engineer Mike Maglio for their contributions and support. Frongillo then assembled the crowd for a photo op and solicited help in holding the ceremonial ribbon so it could be cut for any cameras on the scene.
He then apologized that he couldn't stay and bade most of those present a good walk or hike heading down the SNETT.
According to FBRTC the project has been a long time in the making: "The resurfaced section of the Franklin Bellingham Rail Trail was completed in late 2023 and runs from Grove Street in Franklin to Prospect St. The trail is used by walkers, joggers, cyclists, and skaters of all ages and abilities, providing a safe and enjoyable outdoor space for residents to stay active and enjoy the beauty of their surroundings.
"The resurfacing of a section of the trail has been a top priority for local officials and community members alike. The previous surface was worn, uneven, and prone to flooding making it difficult for some users to navigate safely. The new surface is smooth, even, and durable, providing a comfortable and safe experience for all who use the trail."