Rail Trail Committee


The Topsfield Rail Trail Committee is a Selectmen appointed committee of volunteers.

Created in April, 2005, the committee's purpose is to build and maintain the Topsfield Linear Common (TLC) recreational path in Topsfield.

The 3.9 mile path uses the abandoned MBTA railway corridor that connects Danvers with Boxford. The section from Washington St. to the Boxford town line is not finished but is well used. It is owned by the National Grid electric company for which we have a recreational license. We are working with National Grid to finish the trail with a stone dust surface to match the rest of the trail which is leased from the MBTA. The TLC connects the Topsfield Fair Grounds with the center of town and the Proctor School, and then continues to the Pye Brook Community Park. The TLC is also part of the Border-To-Boston trail as well as the East Coast Greenway which spans from the Florida Keys to Maine.

Responsibilities of the committee include constructing, maintaining the trail and applying for grants to fund the activities. Since the Rail Trail Committee has agreed not to ask the Town for funding the Friends of Topsfield Trails, a non-profit, provides some financial support

Board Members

Name Title
Joe Geller Chairman
Roy Baessler Member
Bill Rossiter Member