The Revere portion of the Northern Strand Trail is expected to be open next spring thanks to a major grant from the federal government. Department of Conservation and Recreation Commissioner John Murphy and Massachusetts Recreational Trails Advisory Board Chairman Dick O’Brien announced that Bike to the Sea was awarded a grant worth $116,202.
This is the fourth Recreational Trails Grant awarded to Bike to the Sea. Previous grants helped build the trail in Everett, Malden and Saugus. When the Revere portion of the trail is open next year the Northern Strand Trail will be 7.5 miles long with a contiguous route from Everett, through Malden, Revere, and ending on the Lynn line in Saugus. Lynn is the last part of the trail that still needs to be approved by the city of Lynn and then built.
The non-profit organization Iron Horse is working to remove the railroad ties and to install a smooth gravel surface in Revere. Plans to pave the trail there are on hold until more funding can be found.