Dedham Trails Day is Saturday, May 20, 2017!

Join us for a family fun festival celebrating trails on land and water at Dedham Trails Day, Saturday, May, 20, 2017 from 10am-1pm at the Dolan Recreation Center, 269 Common Street. The event will feature free kayak, stand-up paddleboards (SUPs) and fly-casting demos with L.L. Bean, as well as face
painting, free food, live music by Sweet Haven and Friends, plus activities for the entire family provided by local community groups and businesses.

This multi-event day offers a Sprint and Splash (5K Trail run and 2 Mile Paddle) and a 5K Trail Run/Walk. All races are family friendly and begin at NewBridge on the Charles Campus and wind through their scenic trails to Whitcomb Woods and the Dolan Center trails, ending at the Dolan Center where the festival will be going on from 10am-1pm. Bring your friends and family for some friendly competition playing corn hole, life-sized jenga or tic-tac-toe. Great swag bags for all race participants with items from Clarks, Showcase Cinemas, Hanna Anderson, Crabtree & Evelyn, J.P. Licks, Aquitaine, Yard House and much more!

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Dedham Heritage Rail Trail Feasibility Study Presentation

The Dedham Heritage Rail Trail is a community-led effort to transform a 1.5 mile stretch of abandoned railway into a new linear park and cultural greenway. The proposed project would convert the abandoned railway into a pedestrian and bike path, which will incorporate public art and community gardens, as well as connect the adjacent neighborhoods to each other and to Boston. Join us on Tuesday, June 13th, 7pm at the Dedham Middle School for a presentation of the study by consultants Weston & Sampson.

Dedham Heritage Rail Trail Feasibility Study

If you would like to support this initiative, please contact the Friends of the Dedham Heritage Rail Trail by visiting their website at or email

2017 Dedham Park and Recreation\Open Space Master Plan

The purpose of the project is to develop a comprehensive Parks and Recreation and Open Space Master Plan for the Town of Dedham. The goal of the project is to develop a mutually supported plan that provides guidance for future development and redevelopment and maintenance of the town’s parks, recreation programming, which also includes open space, trails, facilities, natural features and landscape. The Master Plan will guide policy development, delivery of services, prioritize demands and opportunities, and generate a strategic action plan to be updated every seven (7) years. It will support expansion opportunities for ground-breaking amenities by creating a facility and space needs assessment using population growth, and be rooted in innovative strategies including all-inclusive public engagement and cross-boundary/collaborative approaches. In addition, the project will seek to incorporate accessibility and environmental & conservation opportunities.

The Park and Recreation\Open Space Master Plan Committee has chose Horsely and Witten as the vendor for the project.

To stay in the loop with the process, subscribe to Parks and Recreation Commission Event emails, as well as Parks and Recreation News on the Town of Dedham's eNotifications page.