The Watertown-Cambridge Greenway is an effort recently launched with the joint purchase of a former B&M Railroad line, the Watertown Branch, by the City of Cambridge and the state's Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to create a multi-use pathway and greenway. This purchase which includes former rail road right-of-way from Concord Avenue in Cambridge, through the Fresh Pond Reservation, under Huron Avenue and into Watertown will be developed into a pedestrian and bicycle path which will help complete the important regional connection linking the Charlies River path system and the Minuteman Bikeway.
The City and the DCR will work jointly, along with the community to develop a design for this path. At the current time, state design funds are being identified to begin this process. No construction timeframe has yet been identified. The corridor runs from the Fitchburg Line (MBTA commuter rail) in Cambridge, past Fresh Pond and ends in Watertown, MA near the Charles River. A portion of this rail corridor in Watertown has already been converted to the rail trail by the DCR. The completion of this project would create on off-road trail connection between the Minuteman Path and paths along the Charles River.
See a map of the right-of-way purchased by the City of Cambridge and DCR.