Malden Legislators Applaud $153,000 MassTrails Grant for Spot Pond Brook Greenway

The Malden legislative delegation—Senator Jason Lewis, Representative Steve Ultrino, Representative Paul Donato, and Representative Paul Brodeur—is pleased to announce that the city of Malden has been awarded a $153,056 MassTrails Grant. This grant funding will be used to pay for the design, engineering and permitting of the Spot Pond Brook Greenway, a proposed multi-use path alongside Oak Grove station.

The Spot Pond Brook Greenway (SPBG) project will extend an existing shared use path along MBTA and DCR property adjacent to the MBTA’s Oak Grove orange line station in Melrose and Malden. This stretch of the trail will take advantage of the MBTA’s ongoing roadway and parking lot reconstruction project at Oak Grove station, and the design of the roadway project has been modified by the MBTA to allow room for the construction of the shared use path.

“This grant is great news for our ongoing efforts to improve access and safety for pedestrians and cyclists at Oak Grove station,” said Senator Jason Lewis. “I want to thank in particular Ward 4 Councillor Ryan O’Malley for his hard work and advocacy in helping the city to secure this grant.”

“We welcome these funds from the Commonwealth as we continue to develop alternative ways of transportation and increase the amount of environmentally friendly recreation for our residents,” said Representative Steve Ultrino. “All the stakeholders have worked extremely hard to plan this innovative approach allowing them to be a recipient of these funds.”

“I applaud all involved in securing this grant,” said Representative Paul J. Donato. “It is yet another example of interested parties working together to better our community.”

“Multi-modal access to quality transportation is a major asset our residents value,” Representative Paul Brodeur said. “This grant will complement our ongoing efforts to improve the facilities at and around Oak Grove and I am grateful to have played a role.”

Funding for MassTrails Grants comes from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) capital budget, and from the motor fuel excise tax on off-road vehicles including ATV’s and snowmobiles, which is provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Surface Transportation Act, in coordination with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT).