Concord River Greenway

     The Concord River Greenway Park (also know as the CRG or Greenway) is a multi-use trail through the green heart of Lowell.  Parts of it run along an old railroad bed, while it contours the scenic, tree-lined, north-flowing Concord River.  The Greenway is an excellent place to enjoy being outdoors, recreate, exercise and enjoy observing a biodiversity of wildlife from otters and foxes to hawks and mergansers.  We anticipate, in the long range vision of the park, a link from the Greenway to the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail (the BFRT has a trailhead by Showcase Cinemas in Lowell) See trail connection map here.  We can use your help via membership support.  To learn more about the history and science of the Concord River Greenway, visit the Greenway Classroom pages.

Concord River Greenway Photos

Concord River Greenway Project Background

A long-range goal of the Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust has been to create a greenway park along the Concord River. The park, in its completion, will link the city’s largest park area, Shedd Park and Rogers Fort Hill Park, to the center of the city and a network of walkways that have been developed by the Lowell National Historic Park.

The Concord River Greenway way is also an integral part of the Bay Circuit Trail, which is a network of trails around greater Boston, from Duxbury on the South Shore to Ipswich on the North Shore. Development of the trail is being spearheaded by the Bay Circuit Alliance.

The Concord River is a scenic, natural, cultural, and historical resource of national importance. Its natural beauty amid the city of Lowell is like a hidden jewel providing serenity and retreat from our modern lives.

This linear park will have the main feature of a multi-purpose trail constructed primarily on an abandoned railroad right-of-way paralleling the river. The project seeks to:

  • Preserve the natural beauty and character of the Concord River
  • Preserve the historic corridor that includes mills, dams, an arch bridge, and is the famed section of the river that Henry David Thoreau portaged due to its rapids.
  • Provide a safe, viable transportation alternative between Lowell's neighborhoods and downtown.
  • Provide a missing link in the Bay Circuit Trail, a 200-mile trail from Newburyport to Kingston, and connect to the Friends of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail from Lowell to Framingham.
  • Connect Lowell's largest open spaces, including Rogers Fort Hill Park and Shedd Park with Lowell Cemetery and the city's cemeteries.

We invite and encourage your support as we build the Concord River Greenway.

Visit the Concord River Greenway


Aerial Map

Parcel Map

Directions to the CRG - Davidson Street Trailhead

Directions to the CRG - Lawrence Street Trailhead

CRG Trail Map & Guide: Lawrence Street Section (PDF)

Learn more about the Concord River Greenway

Article: River Voices, protecting open spaces and urban watersheds, see p. 14 (PDF)

Presentation: Greenway Multi-lingual Signage (PDF)

Mass Audubon Survey of Concord River (PDF)

Historic Wayside Signage for Greenway (PDF)

The Greenway as an Outdoor Classroom

Greenway Checklist of Birds (PDF)

Landscape Design for the Davidson Lot (PDF)

More News and Updates (PDF)

CRG Ribbon Cutting

June 12, 2010 marked the ribbon cutting of the Greenway, during the year's River Fest: Art Goes Green event.  Several local Greenway supporters came out to celebrate the ribbon cutting, including City Manager Bernie Lynch, Senator Steven Panagiotakos, LP&CT BOD President Dr. Mark Romanowsky, Bill Martin of the Lowell City Council, and Brian Martin of Congresswoman Niki Tsongas' office.  The ribbon cutting officially marks the opening of improved access to the Concord River for all to enjoy its scenic beauty and rich history.  Thank you to all who joined us for this RiverFest event!  And of course thank you to all who made the event possible, volunteers, partners and sponsors.  As we celebrate the Concord River in Lowell, we hope you will find more opportunities to get out and enjoy one of Lowell's greatest treasures.

Greenway construction is still in the works.  Plans to connect the Lawrence Street end with the downtown end of the Greenway are in motion.  The next step will be to construct a foot bridge from the existing path off Lawrence Street to Centennial Island, which will offer a loop trail.  In the meantime, we are also planning and looking forward to connecting Centennial Island to the downtown area of the Greenway.  Look for action to begin soon!  The City of Lowell is overseeing construction of the Greenway. 

In a nutshell: There have been 2,700 linear feet of path constructed as part of the Greenway so far.  As part of this construction, 53,300 square feet of green space has been created or refurbished.  This includes areas of lawn, shrub, and tree plantings, as well as mulched beds.

Get Involved!

Volunteers play a critical role in helping us care for and monitor our properties. If you would like more information about any of the properties or would like to VOLUNTEER AS A LAND STEWARD please let us know (978)934-0030. Action projects, in addition to regular site monitoring, on this property could include: 

  • Landscape- care & basic maintenance, such as weeding, pruning, mulching, plantings
  • Litter Collection
  • Invasive Plant Management
  • Graffiti (watch for and report to LP&CT office)

Cooperating partners in the effort to create the Concord River Greenway Park include:

  • Back Central Neighborhood Association
  • Bay Circuit Alliance
  • Belvidere Neighborhood Association
  • Centennial Island Hydroelectric
  • City of Lowell
  • Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
  • LDFC/Lowell Plan
  • Lowell Heritage Partnership
  • Lowell Heritage State Park
  • Lowell National Historical Park
  • MA DCR Recreational Trails Program
  • Massachusetts Riverways Program
  • National Grid
  • Northern Middlesex Council of Governments
  • Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
  • Northern Middlesex Council of Governments
  • Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
  • Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance/NPS
  • Riverside Community Council, Sacred Heart Neighborhood Improvement Group
  • Trust for Public Land
  • U.S. EPA New England

"This program is supported in part by a grant from the Lowell Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency"