Ross Announces Grants for State Parks – Natick and Wayland receive funds for rail trail and Lake Cochituate

Boston – State Senator Richard Ross is pleased to announce the awarding of three grants to benefit conservation and recreation projects. The towns of Natick and Wayland will receive $96,000 to support three initiatives including, the Massachusetts Central Rail Trail – Wayside Bridge and the Cochituate State Park. These grants come from a fund under the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).


The Town of Wayland will use the $60,000 DCR grant to develop final rehabilitation plans and permits for bridges along the Mass Central Rail Trail – Wayside Bridge (MCRT). This project will allow for easier pedestrian access and passage along MCRT. Additionally, Wayland will be investing $12,000 in the development of anti-pollution measures in Lake Cochituate as required by the United States Environmental Protection Association and Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.


The Town of Natick, through the Natick Conservation Commission, will receive funds to research and identify watersheds along the shores of Lake Cochituate. Identifying watersheds will reveal the geographic areas where the lake is most vulnerable to pollution. Unveiling watersheds paves the way for pre-emptive action against pollution of the lake and surrounding areas.


“Increasing transportation and recreational opportunities for the commonwealth has always been a priority of mine. I am pleased to see these funds go towards implementing significant improvements to local recreational spaces,” said Senator Ross.


DCR Partnership Matching Funds Program awarded funding for projects in:


Municipality                Grant

Natick                        $24,000

Wayland                      $72,000


The funds for this program stem from the DCR Department of Conservation Recreation Partnership Matching Funds Program as allocated in the FY18 budget, which was supported by Senator Ross. This program matches the contributions of municipalities, non-profits and conservation advocacy groups. Senator Ross has been a long standing supporter of environmental conservation efforts. Most recently, Ross co-sponsored legislation to protect endangered species, limit the use of harmful chemicals, and promote critical ecosystems.



Please contact the office of Senator Ross with any questions or concerns at (617) 722-1555 or



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