The trail entrance is adjacent to the Hess gas station. A memorial to Crowley, the lighting and site work there were paid for with $50,000 in community preservation money.
That section runs essentially perpendicular to the 4.6-mile route from Lahey Clinic out to the Middleton line.
Mayor Ted Bettencourt said the new lights will help illuminate the trail surface during pre-dawn and dusk hours and add another measure of safety for anyone out on the trail.
“This was a blighted area of the city that has been completely transformed into a valuable recreational resource,” Bettencourt said, referring to the new spur. “It is a wonderful example of how community preservation dollars can be utilized effectively.”
The section of trail will also eventually be paved, similar to the rest of the Peabody Independence Greenway.