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Associates of the Mattapoisett Bike Path seeks donations to attach path to Marion

MATTAPOISETT — The Associates of the Mattapoisett Bike Path are asking for donations in the direction of the development of the “Marion Connector” that will be a part of the trail between the 2 cities.

We’re very excited that we’re so shut to creating this piece of the bike path a actuality,” stated Bonne DeSousa, President of the Associates. This multi-use path will present secure, off-road entry for runners, walkers and cyclists, not solely to Marion but additionally to trails resulting in the Tinkham Forest, to the Outdated Rochester Regional Excessive Faculty campus, and to a number of lovely wooded trails on Sippican Lands Belief Property. 

On the border of the cities, it’ll join with the same shared use path to be constructed sooner or later by the City of Marion. 

The city was not too long ago awarded a $110,000 state MassTrails grant for development of a bit of the bike and pedestrian path between the jap finish of Industrial Park Drive and the Marion City line, often called the “Marion Connector.” 

Whereas state funding for path initiatives has been reduce, the grant offers the city a possibility to proceed constructing the shared use path. 

Because the city is trying to mix the connector undertaking with its Industrial Drive reconstruction undertaking (already funded from federal and city cash), it’s trying to non-public sources to make up the remaining distinction.

The budgeted development price for the Marion Connector is $410,000. The city is permitted to match any non-town funds greenback for greenback. 

If the Associates can elevate $95,000 in commitments from non-public sources, the undertaking will likely be totally funded and could be put out to bid this December with the opposite deliberate Industrial Drive enhancements. 

Development of the Marion Connector might then start subsequent yr and open by the top of 2021.

The Board of the Associates has taken on this fundraising problem, already elevating greater than $50,000 in money and commitments for this undertaking, so solely $45,000 stays to be raised.

When the Marion pathway is constructed, DeSousa stated the connector will enable pedestrians and bicyclists to stroll, run, or trip from the harbor in Fairhaven to Level Highway in Marion on low site visitors roads or paved trails away from closely traveled roadways.

Donations could be made at https://www.gofundme.com/f/the-mattapoisettmarion-connection or by mail to Associates of the Mattapoisett Bike Path, PO Field 1336, Mattapoisett, MA 02739

The Associates is a 501 (c)(3) charitable group, so contributions to the Associates for the development of the Marion Connector are tax deductible to the extent permitted by legislation. The 

Associates will apply 100% of contributions towards the development of the Marion Connector.

Commitments payable throughout 2020 or 2021 will depend towards the required funding.

For extra data on the Associates of the Mattapoisett Bike Path, go to mattapoisettrailtrail.com.


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