At a July 29 meeting, the Friends of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail voted to increase a proposed gift to help pay for the design of the multi-town trail and presented the offer to Sudbury's Board of Selectmen on Aug. 20 during their meeting, which was live streamed by Sudbury TV.
The Board voted to consider the gift, now at $58,700, while Town Counsel Paul Kenny looks it over.
Friends President Tom Michelman told the Selectmen they plan to raise the funds to help pay for a half-mile portion from the Concord border to Route 117 by the end of the year.
Once completed, the entire trail will be 25 miles long, extending from Lowell to Framingham.
The kind of trail that will be built is still unknown.
Debbie Dineen of the Conservation Commission proposed four concepts at a recent Board meeting:
1. A full build trail;
2. A bypass trail;
3. A greenway trail;
4. Expanding the current walkway.
All came with various pros and cons, but Dineen recommended going with the greenway, based on directives from the Selectmen.
The greenway plan would cost about $300,000.