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Construction funded by all our donors and:

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Buy-a-brick sale for Groton site reopens until Sep.30, 2022!

Help finish our rail trail by donating $150 and adding an engraved brick to the Groton end of the rail trail.
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Donate a brick fundraiser for Groton end open again until Sep. 30, 2022!
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Donate $150 to our buy-a-brick fundraiser online here until Sep. 30, 2022.

The Groton bricks you order now will be installed in the spring of 2023 when the section from Crosswinds to Bertozzi is complete. The bricks will be installed with a kiosk near Bertozzi, at the trail ending in Groton.

The money raised by this fundraiser will go to matching funds for the final phase of construction, from Crosswinds in Groton to South Road in Townsend.

See all the previously donated bricks here.

Thanks to everyone who helped us raise funds for this rail trail! It is due to you that the first 1.8 miles of the trail is now complete!


A special thanks to all the businesses and individuals that donated at the granite bench or grantite pillar level, listed below on this page, and to the supporters who bought bricks during the 2016, 2018, and 2021 fundraisers. Thank you so much to everyone!

And finally, thanks to the organizations that supported out trails with grants: the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts, the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation, the MassTrails/Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the New England Grassroots Environmental Fund.


Still want to donate but not buy a brick? Your help is still appreciated! Donate on-line, by check, or use Amazon Smile:

Donate on-line
To donate on-line via PayPal, click the Donate button:
Donate by check
To donate by check, mail your check made out to Squannacook Greenways to:
Squannacook Greenways
88 South Harbor Road
Townsend, MA 01469
Donate by using Amazon Smile
Squannacook Greenways is now on Amazon Smile. Amazon Smile (smile.amazon.com) is a website where you can buy from Amazon at the same price you normally do, except Amazon will then donate 0.5% of your sale to Squannacook Greenways! You must first go to smile.amazon.com and log in with your regular Amazon account info. Type in Squannacook Greenways in the search bar and select it. Then log into Amazon using smile.amazon.com, and help build the Squannacook River Rail Trail! Watch the video below to learn more, or go to http://smile.amazon.com/about .
Riding the trail video
Click the 1 minute video above to learn more about using Amazon Smile to help build the rail trail.
Squannacook Greenways Granite Bench donors

Squannacook Greenways is honoring donors who have pledged $5000 or more with their names on granite benches to be placed along the Squannacook River Rail Trail. Please thank our granite bench donors when you see them! This fundraising is running on an on-going basis.

  • In memory of Faith Wilkinson
  • In memory of Terrence McNabb
  • Bill and Deb Reeves
  • Sebring Mechanical
  • Joan Wotkowicz
  • Bill and Cheryl Rideout
  • Steve Meehan (two benches)
  • In Memory of Mark F. Derome

Bench for grantite bench donors

Contact Bill Rideout if you are interested in discussing being a granite bench donor.
Squannacook Greenways Granite Pillar donors

Squannacook Greenways will honor donors of $1000 or more with their names on a granite pillar to be placed along the Squannacook River Rail Trail. This granite pillar will be ordered in July 2019.

  • John and Mary Barrett
  • Ken and Sue Gerken
  • Bill Wilkinson
  • Hirk and Louise Fortin
  • Evans on the Common
  • Jeff and Beth Dominick
  • The Kyte Family
  • Steve Meehan
  • Bruce Easom
  • Peter and Jean Cunningham
  • Sharon Gage
  • The Shambergers
  • Edward Tokarski
  • Arrow Septic - Mike Whittemore
  • Workers Credit Union
  • Dunkin’ Catalano Management
  • North End Subaru Mazda
  • Nashoba Paddler
  • Deluxe Corporation
  • Rollstone Bank and Trust
  • Will and Sharon Hackler
  • Townsend Center Realty
  • Bailey’s Bar & Grille
  • Squanicook Associates Real Estate
  • Apple Meadow Hardware

Grantite pillar donors

Contact Bill Rideout before the end of July 2019 to discuss being a granite pillar donor.
Squannacook Greenways Grants Awarded

Finally, Squannacook Greenways wants to sincerely thank those agencies who have awarded us grants. Without their help, this rail trail would never have been possible!

Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts

In June of 2017 we received a $15,000 grant from the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts. This critical grant pushed the construction fundraising to $106 thousand dollars, well past the 2/3 of our $150,000 goal. In addition, in 2013, the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts awarded an $18,000 grant to Squannacook Greenways that played a key role in Squannacook Greenways being the first non-profit ever to sign the MBTA lease.

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We have received two $10,000 grants from the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation, one in July 2016 and a second in July 2017, for a total of $20,000 grant to help pay for construction. Informed by intelligence, sensitivity, and the knowledge of many countries and cultures, Bruce J. Anderson was a serious and idealistic young man who cared deeply about the problems he saw around him. The Bruce J. Anderson Foundation was established in 1980 by Bruce's brothers and sisters to honor Bruce and support the causes he championed. The Bruce J. Anderson Foundation is a supporting organization of the Boston Foundation. Squannacook Greenways, with its goal of making life better and more active for all residents, but especially younger ones, is proud to have been chosen to receive these grants.

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In June 2019, Squannacook Greenways was awarded a $27,780 MassTrails grant to help cover construction costs pertaining to permitting requirements. This is in addition to the $6,100 grant from the Massachusetts Recreational Trails Program in August 2016. That grant helped cover cost associated with engineering and permitting. In 2007, the Department of Conservation and Recreation awarded an $20,000 grant to to pay for Townsend's portion of a preliminary environmental and engineering study by a professional engineering firm.

New England Grassroots Environment Fund logo

In 2008, the New England Grassroots Environment Fund awarded the rail trail advocates a grant of $1,000. The funds from this grant were used to pay for an informational mailing to Townsend households about the public meeting held by Fay Spofford & Thorndike (FST).
Other business donors

Thanks to other businesses who have also donated to Squannacook Greenways!

  • Middlesex Savings Bank
  • Hannaford Bags 4 My Cause
  • Amazon Smile