City opens boardwalk at Lake Williams


City opens boardwalk at Lake Williams
Residents and city officials check out the new boardwalk at Lake Williams, which was officially opened on Monday, May 6. (PHOTO/MAUREEN SULLIVAN)

MARLBOROUGH – The boardwalk at Lake Williams is now open.

On Monday, May 6, Mayor J. Christian Dumais joined former Mayor Arthur Vigeant and Conservation Agent Priscilla Ryder in a ribbon-cutting ceremony. 

“The boardwalk is open after months of hard work,” said Dumais, who credited Congresswoman Lori Trahan for securing federal funding for the project.

Vigeant credited City Engineer Tom DiPersio for coming up with the idea for the boardwalk several years ago.

“I was a little skeptical at the beginning,” he said. 

Once he got a look at the floating boardwalk in Franklin, Vigeant became a supporter.

“It came out fantastic,” he said.

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Lake Williams is 113 acres of water and land in the heart of the city. The now two-mile-long trail loop runs through the woods near the lake shore through young woodland and mature stands of trees, across wetlands on boardwalks and provides a view at the top of the hill. 

The floating boardwalk provides an additional half mile of trail and water views to enjoy. 

“We’re excited to open it,” said the city’s Conservation Agent, Priscilla Ryder.

Those who missed the opening ceremonies are invited to join Dumais in a sunset hike on Tuesday, May 7, at 6 p.m. The hike will start at the Williams Street entrance, and loop around the entire boardwalk and trail. It is expected to last under an hour.

Residents who wish to attend should park at the Marlborough District Court House at 45 Williams St.


The boardwalk will be open seven days a week from dawn to dusk. 

The following is not allowed on the boardwalk: pets (service animals allowed); bicycles, scooters or skateboards (wheelchairs allowed); smoking; fishing; swimming

View a map of the lake and boardwalk at

For questions on the boardwalk, please contact the Mayor’s Office at 508-460-3770. For emergencies, always dial 911. 

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