The Towns of Warren and Bristol have joined together in this effort to investigate a trail connection which would link neighborhoods, open space and schools between the two towns via a bicycle and pedestrian path on the electric easement of the National Grid.
The Town of Bristol recently acquired over 100 acres of land that is now protected open space known as “Perry Farm”. National Grid’s power line easement runs through this land and currently has a path beneath the lines once used by residents as a walking trail and now by National Grid for maintenance. The Town of Bristol’s Conservation Commission has begun mapping and blazing trails in the Perry Farm property which will be the central connection linking the Town’s east and west trail system.
In Warren, these power lines continue northward to Belcher’s Cove, with almost all the land beneath the power lines under the ownership of National Grid. The Town of Warren is also working on an east-west trail system to connect neighborhoods in Touisset and eastern Warren into central Warren across the Kickemuit River. The National Grid Easement trail would offer both towns an opportunity to integrate walking and biking with recreational land uses. Specifically, these opportunities include:
- Creating non-auto alternatives for local travelers to reduce congestion
- Repurposing underutilized land to create neighborhood amenities
- Creating access for people who do not drive and supporting a truly walkable/bikeable network
- Capitalizing on shared open space
Director of Community Development
Town of Bristol
10 Court Street
Bristol, RI 02809
phone: 401-253-7000 ext. 126