There was an existing unimproved trail around much of the existing reservoir off Dedham Street in Needham that was narrow with uneven terrain, many roots, and some advanced undergrowth as it meandered through wetland areas. Much of the trail was created for the construction of two drinking water wells back in the early 1900s, which have since been decommissioned. The reservoir supports various recreational interests including fishing, model boat racing, walking, and ice skating.
The main goal of this project was to provide a continuous ADA-accessible trail usable by residents of all ages and abilities with access to the water’s edge.
The design includes a 6-foot-wide continuous trail constructed of firm and stable materials including concrete, dense graded stone, and wooden boardwalks. A bridge crosses the existing spillway and provides the much-needed continual loop. Two fishing platforms are provided at the edge of the reservoir and benches are placed at strategic locations to provide comfortable resting areas with views of the surrounding wetlands. Alterations to the existing parking lot at the Public Services Administration Building support this new use.