The goal of the Haggetts Pond Rail Trail project is to improve the existing trail along the railbed near Haggetts Pond to make it more welcoming and usable to all town residents. The paved trail proposed at the site will be ADA accessible, providing opportunities for persons of all abilities to enjoy Haggetts Pond and the pristine environment that surrounds it. When completed, the trail will be the first Town-sponsored accessible and ADA compliant trail in Andover, making it a cornerstone of accessible recreational opportunity in the community.
The proposed trail will span approximately 1.6 miles, from Bellevue Road to High Plain Road. The project contemplates the addition of parking areas at Bellevue Road, Haggetts Pond Road, and High Plan Road to improve access to the trail. The project also includes the construction of a new boardwalk that will offer a scenic vantage point of the pond.
The project is currently in the design phase. It is anticipated that construction of the project will take place in 2024, pending approval of permitting by the Conservation Commission.
Project Funding Approximately $1.2 million is available for construction of the Haggetts Pond Rail Trail. In June, the Town was awarded a $500,000 grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts through the MassTrails Grant Program. The Town has also allocated funding available through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) for the project.
Public Meetings September 11, 2023, 7:00 PM - Robb Center, Lifelong Learning Room August 16, 2023 - Memorial Hall Library - View Recording