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Depot Rail Trail Phase 1 Completion Notice
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2016 10 17 Spencer Depot Trail Ph. 1 Finish Photos 024_220.gifDepot Rail Trail Phase 1 Completion Notice: We are pleased to announce that the Phase 1 Depot Rail Trail Restoration and Improvement project has been completed and the trail is OPEN to the public.  It is beautiful !!!  (Link to: Scenic Photos 2016 Rail Trail Phase 1 Improvements).  Please check it out and enjoy a wonderful day out there.  We would very much like to thank the DCR Recreational Trails Program (RTP) for the Phase 1 Grant and thank you very much to a host of workers and local volunteer organizations and individuals including the Spencer Trailways, the Snowbirds, the Spencer Conservation Commission, our contractor E.M. Thibault Excavation, Inc. and the Spencer Highway Department for all their hard work and exceptional efforts.  The Phase 1 work included major drainage improvements, vegetative clearing/cleanup, new trail head gates, regrading and shaping of the entire trail, the installation, grading and compacting of several hundred tons of millings and much more.  The improvements are overwhelming. Future goals and objectives are to continue the restoration and begin Phase 2 accessibility enhancements in 2017. At our May 2015 Town Meeting the citizens of Spencer voted to set aside $25,000.00 into a Capital Account dedicated for use on the trail with the goal of obtaining additional DCR Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant funds to complete Phase 2.  In August 2016 we received notice that we were awarded the Phase 2 grant by DCR and the RTP in the amount of $50,000. Again, special thanks to the DCR RTP and the many volunteers and Town staff that have assisted with these efforts and especially the recently completed portions of the Phase 1 project. (Left Photo - Depot Rail Trail Bicyclist - October 2016, photo by Steven J. Tyler)

DEPOT RAIL TRAIL is a 2 mile walking trail along an abandoned railroad bed that once provided rail service to downtown Spencer. It runs from South Spencer Road to Chestnut Street. There is a trail designated parking area is at the southwest trailhead (65 S. Spencer Rd) just before the railroad bridge and Lyford Road. Also, public parking in the Elm Street downtown parking lot is within 2 blocks northeast of the Chestnut Street trailhead.  Click here for a Spencer Trails and Recreational Map




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