Legacy Trail and Connector Paths, Weston
The Case Estates is home to a new network of paved and crushed stone pathways that connect the Case Campus with Ash Street. HSH provided all trail design, environmental permitting, coordination, and construction oversight for the newly installed 0.7 mile path. The pathway network includes:
- The Legacy Trail (0.3 miles, paved): Traveling from Alphabet Lane to the overlook site, which is a patio with a scenic view, benches, and dedicated engraved pavers.
- The Legacy Trail–Wellesley Street Connector Path (0.1 miles): Traveling from the Legacy Trail to the north side of Wellesley Street.
- The Wellesley Street – Ash Street Connector Path (0.3 miles): Traveling from the south side of Wellesley Street to Ash Street, where it will eventually connect to the Ash Street sidewalk and the Weston Reservoir when that project is complete.
As a set of hard-surfaced paths meeting US Forest Service Trail Accessibility Guidelines (FSTAG) standards and permitted by the Massachusetts Architectural Access Board (MAAB), the Legacy Trail and its connector paths provide access for users of all abilities. It also provides a way for residents to access and enjoy this beautiful 62.5 acres of open space, which was acquired by the Town in 2016.
A series of public meetings were held in December 2018 and January 2019 to complete permitting, gather input from various boards and the public, and finalize the design of the Legacy Trail and Connector Paths. Community Preservation Act funding was approved for the construction of these pathways by 2019 Annual Town Meeting. Plans are being developed to connect the Legacy Trail with the Weston Reservoir trail network.