RiverFest 2018

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Act, the National legislation passed in 1968 that made protection of the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord Rivers possible. 

Framingham Events
Saturday, June 16, 2018
All events are free, and take place rain or shine!


1. Sudbury River Ponded Section Paddle
8:00 am to 10:00 am

Enjoy a calm canoe paddle, and learn about the history of the river in Saxonville and current threats from invasive aquatic vegetation. Led by Ron Chick, Chair of the River Stewards Initiative of the Friends of Saxonville. RSVP to reserve a canoe at ronchick@comcast.net, or you may bring your own. Meet at 151 Central Street. Park on Central or a side street.


  2. + 6. Saxonville Historical Walking Tours (2 Tours)
9:00 to 10:00 am and 4:00 to 5:00 pm

Join Jennifer Doherty, Historic Preservation Planner with the Framingham Historical Commission and Historic District Commission on a walking tour of Saxonville focusing on its significant architectural and historic features. RSVP at 508-532-5455. Meet at the old Danforth Street Bridge.


  3. Self-Guided Walk of Carol Getchell Nature Trail
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Enjoy a self-guided Discovery Walk along the Sudbury River on the Carol Getchell Trail Boardwalk. Follow the laid out signs to immerse yourself in a natural flood plain associated with the Sudbury River. Then continue to the end of the trail at Sudbury Landing and visit our table at the Old Danforth Street Bridge and construct your own levees and dams in our flood plain model. You can begin your walk at Little Farms Road or at the Sudbury Landing entrance to the trail. The Conservation table will be set up from 10:00am to 5:00pm for people to come and go throughout the day. Call the Conservation Office at 508-532-5460 for more information.


  4. Saxonville Falls to Floodgates
11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Join the Friends of Saxonville for an historical overview of the history of the Saxonville flood control gates and the levee featuring Kevin Swope, author of “The Saxonville Mills”. Able-bodied visitors will walk up stairs onto the levee embankment that protects Saxonville from potential flooding and down a grassy slope to the Mills parking lot. Finally, we will descend a short flight of stairs to view Saxonville Falls from beneath the Central Street Bridge. Wear sturdy, nonslip footwear and bring a bottle of water and sunscreen. Meet at the Saxonville Fire Station on Watson Place (park in the adjacent Mills lot to the left). For more information, contact Herb Everett at 781-801-8824.


  5. Sudbury River Headwaters: Lake Cochituate to Cochituate Brook
1:00 to 3:00 pm 

Join a naturalist from the Framingham Conservation Commission for a walk along Cochituate Brook Trail to Lake Cochituate for a bit of history and information about the area. We will walk in grassy and wooded areas. Wear sturdy, nonslip footwear and bring a bottle of water, sunscreen and mosquito/tick repellent. Meet at Reardon Park, 4 Maymont Drive in Framingham. Leashed dogs welcome. For more information, contact Clayton Hutchinson at 508-532-5460.

For information about other events on Saturday/Sunday, visit www.sudbury-assabet-concord.org.


Saxonville - The Sudbury River runs through it

Saturday and Sunday, April 7 and 8, 2018
Noon to 5:00 pm.
Mills Tours 2:00 pm
1 Watson Place
Framingham, MA

The river has been in crisis for several years due to highly invasive aquatic vegetation.


During the summer, the ponded section of the Sudbury River in Saxonville is 93% covered with non-native invasive vegetation negatively affecting life on the river for native plant and animal species, and recreational use. For more information, click here.






In April 2016, the Friends of Saxonville launched a new committee named the "TrailHeads" which is dedicated to the trails of all types in the Saxonville area. The committee includes several members of the Cochituate Rail Trail (CRT) committee. Because the CRT is essentially done and open, and because the Friends of Saxonville is already involved in the area trails, the Friends wanted to combine the experience and talents to continue the efforts to develop quality recreational trails.

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Athenaeum Hall is a 19th century Saxonville historical landmark. During its storied past it had many uses, including hospital, jail, newspaper press room for The Saxonville Mirror, polling place and school. It was also used as a hall for dances, lectures, plays, religious services, sporting events, veterans' meetings and wedding receptions.

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Saxonville Video

by Ender Gokay of Mediterranean Turkish Cuisine, 08/09/2017