The Swampscott Rail Trail is about community. It is about a 2-mile linear park throughout our town for every neighborhood, every resident, and every age. The Rail Trail is about new and better ways to connect our neighborhoods and our residents. Swampscott deserves this.
In May 2017, the Swampscott Town Meeting overwhelming approved (by a vote of 210 to 56) a warrant article to approve moving forward with the Rail Trail and to provide funding for the design and engineering of the trail location as well as the costs for the acquisition of the easement rights. This warrant article was unanimously sponsored by the Board of Selectmen and supported by the Finance Committee, Capital Improvement Committee, School Committee, Planning Board, Open Space Committee and Conservation Commission.
Construction of the trail will not come from Town funds, but will be raised privately, via donations, in-kind services, and grants consistent with how other communities have funded their rail trails. A group of abutters to the proposed trail, as is their right under the Swampscott Town Charter, secured signatures in order to require a town-wide vote to try and overturn Town Meeting's overwhelming vote in support of the Rail Trail. The town wide election is scheduled for Thursday, June 29, 2017.