With a population of roughly 37,000 Natick is ranked as one of the top Massachusetts suburbs in which to live.  Nouvelle and the surrounding area provide all you need for day-to-day living, with ready access to shops and restaurants.  Should you want to venture out in Natick, there is so much the town has to offer.

Natick Center, also known as Downtown Natick, is at the intersection of Central Street and Main Street and serves as the town’s civic and cultural hub.

Many public services and public land use are downtown. Municipal buildings like the Natick Town Hall, Natick Fire Department, Natick Police Department and Morse Institute Library are there, along East Central Street. Also directly downtown is the Natick Town Common, where many town events and community activities are held. In the 1990s new downtown construction of a town hall, fire/police station, and enlargement to the library gave the downtown a fresh new look. New municipal buildings exist alongside several historic buildings and churches, the restored Central Fire House, several banks, restaurants and small businesses.

In 2012 the Massachusetts Cultural Council voted unanimously to make Natick Center one of the newest state-designated cultural districts, the tenth district to win this designation from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Cultural Districts Initiative is designed to help communities attract artists and cultural enterprises, encourage business and job growth, expand tourism, preserve and reuse historic buildings, enhance property values, and foster local cultural development. Natick Center Cultural District is anchored by The Center for Arts in Natick, Morse Institute, Library, the Natick Common and, of course, the Natick Mall.

Natick also offers opportunities to get away from the workday hustle and bustle at sites such as the beautiful Cochituate State Park.

 

The Cochituate Rail Trail (CRT)

Bringing Our Region Together

The Cochituate Rail Trail is a beautifully-designed and functional 4 mile shared use path, connecting Natick’s vibrant downtown with the Natick Mall and Golden Triangle, crossing Routes 9 and 30 to connect to Framingham’s already completed portion that ends in Saxonville Village.

The CRT is ideal for commuters, walkers, runners, bicyclists, wheelchair users, hikers and others who enjoy the outdoors and seek a convenient, safe ways to travel. Route 9 no longer divides Natick in two, as it is possible for many residents to bike or walk for work, shopping, culture, exercise and recreation without using a car. Businesses benefit from increased access for customers and their workforce. Employees enjoy better health and well-being with a scenic and safe greenway for commuting and exercise.

The Cochituate Rail Trail has been an investment in our quality of life, and enhances the vitality of our region.

Construction of the Natick section of the CRT was completed in the summer of 2021.

The CRT in Natick temporarily terminates at Whitney Field, a newly rebuilt park and playing field. The Town of Natick will soon be designing an extension of the CRT to connect with the Natick Center MBTA Station, also under construction for full accessibility.