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Great Open Space Projects Planned for Tewksbury

Postby bferrari on Mon Sep 18, 2017 11:32 am

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Friends of Tewksbury Open Space,

Please mark your calendars as our first ever 'Halfway to Earth Day' event is planned for Saturday, October 21st! We really do need all the help we can get to continue to advance the great environmental initiatives that are going on in Town as well as to continue to support the environmental groups and leaders that are making a positive impact here in Town. Here are the exciting projects we have planned for the event:

  • Chandler Well Field Boardwalk Construction-volunteers will be working to complete the construction of a 200’ boardwalk that spans the Heath Brook while also cleaning this beautiful piece of land that is along the proposed Bay Circuit Trail in Tewksbury
  • Long Pond Restoration- the rain gardens and bioswales that play a crucial role in Long Ponds storm water filtration process are going to continue to be maintained
  • State Hospital Cemetery Reclamation- the great cleanup and revival efforts of the Tewksbury Hospital Pines Cemetery are going to be continued
  • Shawsheen River Clean Up Efforts-members of the Shawsheen River Watershed Association are going to be cleaning up several areas along the Shawsheen River.
  • 2000 Whipple Road Recreation Park-The 'Friends of Shawsheen Launch’ are going to be working in collaboration with the High School's International Club to continue to transform this piece of land along the Shawsheen River into a multipurpose recreation park that includes kayaking, fishing, and bird watching.
  • Community Garden Improvements-help is sought to build an arbored bench, rebuild a set of 3 compost bins, plant a bed of garlic, stain a picnic table, and assemble 5 lasagna beds
  • Trash Pick Up- Join the Beautification Committee to pick up trash on Tewksbury roadways. Choose a spot that needs work or see our list of hot spots. One hour can make a big difference.
  • Bligh St Boardwalk Construction- An Eagle Scout will be completing a boardwalk that connects the Tewksbury portion of the Bay Circuit Trail to the Andover trail system

All of these projects need help! If you are interested in getting involved please use this link to sign up for one of the above listed projects https://goo.gl/W798d4. If you have any questions please reach out to me directly. I look forward to another great event and hopefully seeing you all out there!


Sincerely,

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Re: Great Open Space Projects Planned for Tewksbury

Postby Friendofthetown on Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:57 am

Sign up for one of the great projects in town! We have such great open space and trail potential in town, new boardwalks, and the shawsheen river is being opened up more in Tewksbury- get out and get involved!
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Re: Great Open Space Projects Planned for Tewksbury

Postby swamper on Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:49 pm

There are SO many 'good and worthwhile' volunteer projects to get involved in around Town and meet some great like-minded people. We may not always be able to do anything to curtail all the building but at least this is something POSITIVE to put your efforts toward that WILL make a difference so people can utilize the remaining open spaces we do have! Please consider helping out at this 'Halfway to Earth Day' event. Sign up for one of the MANY projects to choose from here: https://goo.gl/W798d4 Thanks. 8)
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FOLLOWUP: HALFWAY TO EARTH DAY

Postby bferrari on Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:50 am

PHOTOS HERE: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Byec6 ... mx3OVA0M00



Tewksbury Open Space Group,

I couldn’t be more grateful for all of you that were able to come out and make our first ever Halfway to Earth Day a huge success this past weekend (estimated over 250 people)! The projects we were able to complete have advanced the health and usability of our Open Space resources tremendously. Here is a link to the pictures we have uploaded so far from the event https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Byec6 ... mx3OVA0M00 . We have only uploaded about 70% of the pictures so far with more to come soon (still need to upload the Cemetery, SRWA cleanup, Beautification Clean up, and Garden Club Muster Park). I have also attached a few pictures and I also know that volunteers have uploaded pictures to social media via the hashtag #halfwaytoearthday.

With that said, here is a summary of all of the hard work we were able to accomplish this weekend:

Chandler Well Fields
· 25 residents helped construct a new 205’ boardwalk that provides residents off of Chandler St. access to the Chandler Well Fields.
· A 30 yard dumpster was filled with debris that was removed from the Chandler Well Fields

Thank you to the residents who came out and helped build this bridge on #halfwaytoearthday. A special thank you to Dave Marsh and Bruce Shick for your coordination and leadership on this project! Thank you to the Dugans for the use of your truck to remove all of the debris!

Rogers Park
A team of about 25 scouts under the leadership of Chris Zdinak came out to create a new trail loop that runs the exterior of Rogers Park and goes through amazing geological features

Thank you Chris Zdinak and your scout buddies (as well as your parents) for your hard work. It looks great!

Long Pond
Two teams split up to take on five rain gardens that were successfully maintained. These rain gardens are crucial in enhancing the ponds water quality.
Several bags of trash were removed from the ponds buffer zones

Thank you to Stefania Gallo for providing the coordination and leadership in maintaining the rain gardens and everyone that came out and helped her! Thank you to Paige Impink and her girl scout troop for heading the trash pickup around the Pond.

Shawsheen River
The Shawsheen River Watershed Association had members on land and in the river cleaning up. They were able to successfully remove two lawn chairs, mattress springs, oil filters, tires, fire extinguishers, cans, bottles, nips, and much more!

Thank you Laurie Hartwick and Justin Damon for organizing the cleanup efforts of the SRWA and all the additional volunteers who came out and helped as well.

Tewksbury Pines Cemetery
Approximately 100 volunteers were at the cemetery clearing brush, raking, and restoring the cemetery. If you have not had a chance to check out this cemetery please do as the efforts out there have been remarkable.

A special thank you to Tom Marshall and Joanne Trudelle for organizing the restoration efforts of the Tewksbury Pines Cemetery.

2000 Whipple Road
A new native perennial garden consisting of over 40 native plants was installed
A new trash barrel was installed
A new kiosk was installed

Thank you to Jackie, the International Club, International Club Advisor Sra. Graca Dudley, Damien Dugan, Laurie Hartwick, Bruce Shick, and Kathy Macinnis for your continued efforts on this parcel and your hard work on Saturday!

Beautification Town Wide Clean up
75 bags of trash were removed from all over town

Thank you to the Beautification Committee for coordinating these efforts. Special thanks to Paige Impink for your leadership!

Community Garden
All of the garden beds were successfully cleared and mulched

Thank you to the Community Garden and Laetitia for your continued leadership!

Muster Park
The monuments surrounding landscape was successfully maintained by the Garden Club

Thank you to the Garden Club for your ongoing efforts in maintaining this park!

Bligh St
A new 90’ boardwalk was installed along the Bay Circuit Trail that now provides Tewksbury residents immediate access to the Andover Trail System

Hats off to Bruce Shick for coordinating the construction of this boardwalk as well as leading the execution of construction!


If you get the opportunity please go check out some of these sites and look at the great work being done by residents in Town.

Thanks again to everyone that came out as I truly had a blast working with all of you!

A special thanks to Nicole Hutcheon, Shannon Sullivan, Caitlin Morris, Paige Impink, and Jeanine Tamboli for helping plan the event. And a very very special thank you to Stefania Gallo and Bruce Shick for helping to coordinate all projects and making the accomplishments on this day possible!

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Re: Great Open Space Projects Planned for Tewksbury

Postby swamper on Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:16 pm

First of all can I just give kudos and much due respect to our young, enthusiastic Town Planner Kyle Boyd? I would even go as far to say this 'kid' (and I say that because he is the same age as my own) is the BEST thing to happen to this Town in quite some time! Imagine a Town Official (in a sense) who doesn't just 'sit on their hands!' Kyle has spearheaded this volunteer movement which is GROWING exponentially into a force that can and do GET THINGS DONE. People may not realize what a HUGE deal this is when a connecting boardwalk now actually links us to the Baystate circuit trail system in Andover.....something that's been TALKED ABOUT but hadn't 'gone anywhere' for YEARS! In the very beginning Kyle (who is not a resident) brought up some guy friends to help get things started and THEN the First Earth Day event and subsequent and highly successful guided hikes took place over the course of the summer with Kyle and Stefania (our Town conservation agent) at the helm. The participant count exploded and the Town side has since networked with the separate citizen movement to restore the Tewksbury Hospital Pines Cemetery to join forces in this all encompassing POSITIVE endeavor for the Town. The energy is contagious and I feel a connection and commitment was made by concerned individuals from all parts of Tewksbury wanting to make a difference in true community spirit and I hope it continues! That being said, a HUGE thank you to ALL the residents across the board who participated....we NOW have the momentum to keep things going and are slowly but surely seeing the fruits of our labors! LAST BUT CERTAINLY NOT LEAST.....please REMEMBER that the FUNDING PART for these studies (in the case of Long Pond restoration) and materials to make these projects happen are thanks to our own Community Preservation Act.....an aspect that I feel is often overlooked and under appreciated. Just check out the photos in the link above in Bob's post....you will be amazed at these transformations to our Open Space areas! Stay tuned! 8)
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Re: Great Open Space Projects Planned for Tewksbury

Postby bferrari on Fri Oct 27, 2017 1:50 pm

Open Space Group,

Here is an updated link with all of our ‘Halfway To Earthday’ pictures:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/ ... sp=sharing

Thanks again to everyone who came out and made this day a huge success!

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