Civic groups, municipal departments, nonprofits, businessmen, land owners, and corporate sponsors along the Town River and Bay Circuit Trail in West Bridgewater and Bridgewater have formed a Committee to guide the Nunckatessett Greenway Project along. Representatives attend Nunckatessett Greenway Committee meetings to ensure that NG plans are in harmony with Open Space and Master Plans of all involved.
Bay Circuit Alliance
The Bay Circuit Trail and Greenway concept first arose in 1929, to link parks, forests, and other destinations as an “outer Emerald Necklace” around the metropolitan Boston area. This greenbelt extends more than 200 miles through 34 communities between Plum Island and Kingston Bay, facilitating access to open space for some 4 million people in Eastern Massachusetts. Part of Section 9 of the Bay Circuit Trail is in Bridgewater and West Bridgewater, and is an integral part of the Nunckatessett Greenway. Since its founding in 1990, the Bay Circuit Alliance (BCA) has served as the catalyst to make the Bay Circuit dream come true. BCA is a partnership of organizations and individuals, public and private, working to complete the Bay Circuit Trail and Greenway. Since 2012 the BCA has been enhanced by the cooperative leadership of the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) and The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees).
Appalachian Mountain Club
The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) promotes the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of the Appalachian region. Established in 1876 and headquartered in Boston, AMC is known worldwide for its visionary advancement of responsible outdoor recreation. This mission and its experience make AMC an ideal partner to help lead Bay Circuit Alliance efforts towards completion, enhancement, and long-term care of the Bay Circuit Trail and Greenway. AMC’s primary responsibility will be to support the Trails Management Advisory Committee.
The Trustees of Reservations
The Trustees of Reservations is the nation’s oldest statewide land conservation organization founded by open space visionary and founder of Massachusetts’ public park system Charles Eliot in 1891 to “hold in trust” and care for properties of scenic, cultural and natural significance. Supported by more than 40,000 members and donors and thousands of volunteers, The Trustees own and care for 108 spectacular “reservations” located on more than 26,000 acres in 77 communities throughout Massachusetts for current and future generations to enjoy. Trustees reservations contain more than 350 miles of hiking trails and connect to the Appalachian Trail, Cape Cod Pathways, Bay Circuit Trail, Mid-State Trail, New England National Scenic Trail, Monoosnoc Trail, Tully Trail, and the Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve. The Trustees work to promote healthy, active, and green communities across Massachusetts by providing hundreds of year-round programs, events, and engagement opportunities for all ages. Accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, The Trustees is an established leader in the conservation movement and a model for other land trusts nationally and internationally.
Town of West Bridgewater
West Bridgewater is a small residential town bordering on the City of Brockton, and located at the junction of Routes 24 and 106. This access along with availability of land has resulted in increased commercial, warehouse and industrial activity near the highway in this community which was once primarily agricultural. The town does, however, retain working farms which contribute to its scenic character.
Department of Conservation, West Bridgewater Town Hall, 65 North Main Street
Town of Bridgewater
Bridgewater is a charming, residential, suburban community. Located approximately 25 miles south of Boston, the town is accessible by bus, commuter rail and highway at the junction of routes 24 and 495. Originally an industrial and agricultural center, the town of Bridgewater was chartered in 1656. Its historic character and unique landscaping are prominent throughout the community, particularly in the downtown central common area. Today Bridgewater is a growing community of approximately 27,000 and serves as home to Bridgewater Correctional Complex and to Bridgewater State University and. Founded in 1840 as one of the first normal schools in America, BSU is a premier public university of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Offering a diversity of activities, Bridgewater maintains a caring, friendly, small-town, community atmosphere.
Parks & Recreation Department, Bridgewater Town Hall
Bridgewater State University
BSU is a premier public university of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Offering a diversity of activities, Bridgewater maintains a caring, friendly, small-town, community atmosphere. Bridgewater State University is located near the center of the Town of Bridgewater, and enjoys a long-standing relationship of service and reciprocity with the town. As a partner in the Nunckatessett Greenway, Bridgewater State University is in support of connecting the Greenway to our students, faculty and staff through educational, recreational and service learning programs. The Nunckatessett Greenway is an important asset in BSU’s toolbox for creating an environment focused on student success and is a benefit to us.
Contact: Susan McCombe, Director, University and Community Partnerships, Moakley Center Room 213, 100 Burrill Avenue, Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA 02325