Subsection (b) of section 5 of chapter 44B of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2018 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding the following paragraph:-
(4) With respect to land for recreational use, the community preservation committee may recommend and the legislative body may appropriate funds for the acquisition of land held for railroad purposes to be used by the city or town as a trail for recreational use and, notwithstanding subsection (a) of section 12, land acquired pursuant to this sentence may be subject to any property interest, including restrictions or reversionary interests, required to be held by the grantor or the United States pursuant to the National Trails System Act of 1968, codified at 16 U.S.C. section 1241, et seq. and, notwithstanding any provision of the definition of “real property interest” in section 2 to the contrary, land acquired pursuant to this sentence shall be considered a real property interest for purposes of this chapter.
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