The mission of the Reading Trail Committee is to plan, develop, and maintain present and future trails in the Town of Reading. The goal is for the Town to create and maintain a connected, well coordinated system of trails to serve the residents of the community. The Committee works closely with the Conservation Commission and the Town Forest Committee on permitting and coordinating projects. The Committee also works with the Reading Open Land Trust (ROLT) on connecting town-owned land with ROLT properties.
The Committee recently completed work on a trail connecting Kurchian Woods to Sledge Woods. The trail passes through the Nichols Wood Lot owned by the Reading Open Land Trust and over a bridge funded by ROLT. Thanks ROLT!
In 2011 the Town was awarded a $13,800 Recreation Trails Grant to rebuild the boardwalk at Kurchian Woods. Over 500 hours of volunteer time went into the 380' boardwalk! Thanks to the volunteers, to the Reading Municipal Light Department for helping defray the cost of a dumpster, and to the Department of Public Works for fabricating "the bammer" and for trimming trees in the parking lot entrance.
Trail Maintenance and Suggestions
Trail users are encouraged to report trail maintenance issues or suggestions to ReadingTrails@ci.reading.ma.us or on the Committee's Facebook page. Individuals or groups interested in maintaining a specific trail are encouraged to check out the Committee's Adopt-A-Trail program (see link at top of page).