In 2013, the Town of Hopkinton purchased the Hughes property at 192
Hayden Rowe Street, for use for active & passive recreation,
and for open space. There is a large open area by the street (former
house site and yard), a section of the former railroad bed, and an
extensive wooded area with a rough trail. The Trails Club has led walks
on the property every year since it was purchased, but otherwise it has
been largely unused.
At the 2016 Town Meeting, funds were approved for the creation of a dog
park on the property, and for improvements to the trail. The Trails
Club is working to coordinate those improvements, and seeking
additional funds for the work. This page will provide information about
the project as it progresses.
January 30, 2019:
Work on the
Hughes trail at 192 Hayden Rowe St. has ended for the winter, with a
parking lot and roughly 2100 feet (0.4 mi) of trail constructed to base
coat; 350 feet to the end of the Hughes property. Hope to get some
Scout help this coming spring on bridges and a couple side trails.
Right now, it's a nice walk. As one of the contractors noted, "This is
a beautiful patch of woods!"
January 13, 2019: Time for a long-overdue update. A dog park is no longer being considered for the Hughes property. Instead,
the dog park is now proposed to be sited at the Fruit Street property.
Work has begun on the trail improvements. The trail is now completed to
base coat across the upper field, into the woods, and through the
wetland area. A new-to-use technique is being employed in the
wetland area of placing a woven fabric directly on top of the existing
surface and then placing the roadbase material on top of that.
This avoids the need to remove the top organic layer, which would be a
concern in that area. We are hoping to get through this area this
season, as future work is primarily in upland, and therefore less
affected if there is a rainy spring.
Some answers to questions raised at the January Club meeting:
have been rumors of more tree cutting planned for the southern
portion of the field, adjacent to the Deer Run neighborhood. Are these
is a tree down across the pedestrian path from Deer Run that will be
cleared at some point, but no other tree cutting is planned.
Q: What are the plans for the Hayden Rowe parking area?
current gravel area is primarily to facilitate the construction work.
The parking lot on Hayden Rowe will have 4 official spots but there is
room for more cars. It will remain base coat material.
Whether or not the parking lot will be expanded will depend on trail
and other uses. For example, there is still a consideration that
the garden area north of the parking area would be used for a community
garden. In that case, more parking would likely be needed.
There is room for such an expansion. There are no current plans
for trees or other screening, but this project is still a work in
progress and those concerns have been passed along.
The Trails Club's
revised design for trail improvements at the Hughes property was taken
to the Community Preservation Commission last evening. The new design
is for a "lollypop" loop trail entirely on the eastern portion of the
land, with the western section of the existing trail left as-is. The
work to protect the wetlands, including the construction of a bridge,
is no longer part of the proposal. The CPC voted unanimously to
accept the Trails Club's funding request for the project.
: An informational
meeting on the project was held at the Hopkinton Town Hall to share the
designs and get feedback from the community. The original plan was to
make the entire existing trail into a stone dust surfaced trail,
similar to the Center Trail. Many concerns were raised, mostly about
the foot traffic into the surrounding neighborhood. Based upon those
concerns, the design was revised to keep the changes on the eastern
portion of the property and to leave the western section of the trail
largely untouched except for some work to protect wetlands in the area.