Nashua River Trail – Steps Toward Trail Access for Individuals with Disabilities
NCT submitted a grant application to The Bruce J. Anderson Foundation to provide partial funding to survey and mark the bounds of the Nashua River Trail. The survey marks the first step in making the trail accessible to individuals with disabilities. NCT’s Nashua River Trail property is located at the intersection of Shirley Street and South Road (Rte 119). Bordering the Nashua River, the trail is one of the most picturesque in Pepperell and is a very popular birding area.
NCT purchased the property in 2004 from the B&M railroad, however it has not been surveyed since B&M owned it. We need the property bounds defined so the public can fully enjoy all parts of the property, and so we can develop plans to make the trail readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities. Much of the existing trail is wide, flat and free of obstacles making it suitable “as is” for wheelchairs and other mobility devices. However, current access to the trail does not comply with Massachusetts DCR accessibility guidelines, necessitating alterations to meet this objective. It is not possible to effect the alterations and make the trail compliant without first defining the property’s boundary lines.