2017 Open Space Accomplishments

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2017 Open Space Accomplishments

Postby bferrari on Wed Dec 27, 2017 5:54 pm

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Dear Open Space Group,

I would like to send you all my deepest gratitude for making 2017 an incredible year for open space improvements in Tewksbury. With your help, we were able to transform and shine a spot light on many of Tewksbury’s beautiful outdoor resources. Here are some of our accomplishments:

• A Shawsheen River park was created by volunteers at 2000 Whipple Road called ‘The Launch’. The river meanders itself around the park in a manner that provides a very tranquil atmosphere offering kayaking, fishing, and bird watching

• 3 boardwalks were installed by volunteers at the Chandler Well Fields which collectively have created a very scenic & wildlife rich hiking experience overlooking the Heath Brook

• Over 100 volunteers showed up to help Town Staff on Earth Day. It went so well that we held out first ever 1/2 Way to Earth Day Event where over 175 residents showed up to help make open space improvements! Both days over 100 volunteers showed up for the whole day to help improve open space land...incredible!

• For the first time ever, trail maps exist for our trails in Tewksbury including the trails on State Hospital land (if you request them we will send them to you as we are working to update our website...If you go to the kiosks on Pinnacle St you will find them there as well)

• Free guided hikes & paddles were offered for the first time ever this year. We had great turn outs including over 140 people for our first ever guided hike at the Chandler Well Fields (picture attached)

• A ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ was reached between the State Hospital, the Town of Tewksbury, and the Bay Circuit Trail allowing for specific trails on State Hospital land to be defined & marked via kiosks and trail markers. As a result of this two kiosks were installed by volunteers marking trail head locations at 1) the intersection of East & Maple 2) across from the model airplane flying fields on Pinnacle St.

• A boardwalk was installed by volunteers off of Bligh St. This boardwalk provides an entrance for the Town of Tewksbury into Andover’s very nice trail system as well as a future entrance for Andover into Tewksbury’s soon to be very nice trail system

• Long Pond was treated to reduce algae blooms, the rain gardens around the Pond were maintained & enhanced by volunteers (enhancing the Ponds health) and hydro raking occurred at Mahoney Park which has substantially increased the view of the pond

• A new trail loop was created at Rogers Park by volunteers

• The trails at Foster Park received a long overdue revival & enhancement as a river walk along the Shawsheen was established by volunteers

• I do not have an exact number but several hundred bags of trash were removed by volunteers from Tewksbury open space land

• An approximately 6 mile trail route along the Bay Circuit Trail in Tewksbury was nearly completed by volunteers. Once completed, residents will be able to connect and utilize the 230 mile Bay Circuit Trail network that goes from Plum Island to Kingston Bay!

By no means can any list capture all of this year’s accomplishments. The work that was put in behind the scenes by dedicated volunteers is legitimately what transformed the above list from a dream to reality. We had more new faces come out and get involved for the first time ever which is really inspiring. I am grateful for all of you and look forward to working with you all in the upcoming year!

If you know anybody interested in getting involved with open space in Tewksbury or anybody who you think could benefit from being a part of this email group please pass along their information. Additionally, if you have any questions or are interested in learning more about anything related to open space in Tewksbury please reach out to me.

Thank you all for making this such an amazing year!

Kyle Boyd

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Re: 2017 Open Space Accomplishments

Postby swamper on Thu Dec 28, 2017 2:34 pm

Kyle has managed to LEAD BY EXAMPLE and rev up the enthusiasm and participation of resident volunteers to accomplish more in the last six months on open space projects that had been talked about in this Town for YEARS but never seen to fruition until now! A breath of fresh air and we are lucky to have him. 8)
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