Northborough considers building ADA accessible trail at Senior Center

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An existing trails cuts through the Northborough Senior Center property. The trail is not ADA compliant, however. (Photo/Laura Hayes)

NORTHBOROUGH – Northborough Town committees are proposing a number of trail related projects, which could be funded through the Community Preservation Committee

The list of projects includes the creation of a possible Americans with Disabilities Act accessible trail at the Senior Center.

Conservation Agent Mia McDonald told the Community Advocate that the Trails Committee has submitted an application to the Community Preservation Committee for funding to design such an ADA accessible trail at the Senior Center.

McDonald said there is already a trail constructed. But it is not up to ADA standards. 

“This will be the first accessible woodland trail in the Town of Northborough,” the CPC application said. “Mobility impaired individuals of all ages will be able to access and enjoy the forest of Edmund Hill.”

The ADA accessible walking trail would be 0.5 miles long and would be suitable for both wheelchairs and walkers, with a paved surface and rest spots.

A trail head kiosk stands at the Northborough Senior Center. (Photo/Laura Hayes)

The Senior Center is located at the northern entrance of the Edmund Hill Conservation Area. 

The Trails Committee is asking for $28,500, which would go toward a landscape architect who would take the preliminary designs and create construction plans.

Northborough’s push for an accessible trail comes as neighboring Westborough celebrated the opening of its new Gilmore Pond All Person’s Trail earlier this year. 

Shepherded and built by the Westborough Community Land Trust, that trail boasts state of the art accessibility measures along a quarter mile path around Gilmore Pond in town.