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|Upcoming Volunteer Events|
The Trails Committee has an Adopt-A-Trail Program that seeks individuals and groups willing to perform quarterly trail maintenance. Please see the Adopt-A-Trail webpage for more information.
|Cranberry Dam Trail Rebuild|
|A huge thanks to the volunteers in June! We had a handful of high school and college-age volunteers (among others) and we accomplished a lot! See the before and after photos below. More photos can be seen on our Facebook page.|
|Kurchian Woods Boardwalk|
|In 2011 the Town was awarded a Recreation Trails Grant from the State to rebuild the boardwalk at Kurchian Woods. The boardwalk is now complete. Thanks to the many volunteers, to the Reading Municipal Light Department, and to Reading's DPW for their help! We hope residents and visitors will check out it out. 380 feet of boardwalk is a fun start to a scenic hike. Trail maps can be found here.|
|Bare Meadow Trail Improvements|
In 2009, the Conservation Commission and Trails Committee received a Recreation Trails Grant from the State to improve two sections of the Ipswich River Greenway in Bare Meadow Conservation Area. Reading DPW and volunteers filled several low, wet spots in the trail. Other volunteers installed two benches along the Mattera Accessible Trail in honor of Understanding Disabilities founder, Judy LeBlanc.
The following spring and summer, volunteers built two sections of boardwalk in Bare Meadow completing the Greenway to Haverhill Street near the North Reading line. Over 400 hours of volunteer time was contributed. Bond Brothers, an Everett-based construction management firm, contributed staff and equipment.
|Mattera Accessible Trail & Bare Meadow Wildlife Viewing Platform|
In the fall of 2008, volunteers built a wildlife viewing platform in Bare Meadow Conservation Area. Funding was provided by a $5,000 grant from local retailer Recreation Equipment Incorporated (REI). The platform can be reached from the recently built accessible trail from the Mattera Conservation Area. Low to the ground and wheelchair accessible, it provides a comfortable vantage point overlooking Bare Meadow. Hikers, bird watchers and star gazers, casual users and organized groups will all enjoy this new amenity.
Over 300 hours of volunteer time were contributed to building the platform, removing buckthorn (an invasive species that degrades wildlife habitat), and improving trails. Many more hours were contributed by Town staff and volunteers prior to the event. The project was planned and coordinated by Reading’s Trails Committee; the design was contributed by Reading resident Mark Wetzel and his son Jeff Wetzel. Special thanks go to REI and to Friends of Reading Recreation .