Barrington Trails Team moving forward

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The newly formed Barrington Trails Team will host a kick-off project on Saturday Oct. 6 and anyone with an interest in community parks or conservation land is invited to stop by and lend a hand.

According to Helen Tjader, of the Barrington Land Trust, the new team is aimed at continuing the work of several local partners that contributed to trail improvements at Veterans Memorial Park over the last two years. Some of the groups involved in the project included the Town of Barrington, the Land Trust, the Bayside YMCA, the Barrington Preservation Society, the Barrington Conservation Commission, the Barrington Parks and Recreation Commission and the Boy Scouts, among others.

These partners were given guidance on how to proceed with the project by a National Parks Service consultant, which was covered under a two year grant through the Rivers and Trails Program.

Some of the amenities added to the site, said Ms. Tjader, include new kiosks and signs outlining trail routes. Work also included trail consolidation, re-location and creation, among other initiatives. 

Now, however, the grant is winding to a close. Ms. Tjader said the trails team will be focused on continuing unfinished efforts at Veterans Memorial Park in addition to expanding practices used at this site to other areas around town.

Ms. Tjader said these future efforts could include implementing aspects of the town’s open space plan and better informing the public of what local trails are available in addition to developing continuity among trails running through both town and trust owned land.

The trails team held an initial meeting last Wednesday night. Ms. Tjader said about 20 people were in attendance.

The upcoming project will be aimed at improving the Veterans Memorial Park trail entrance by filling and leveling pits with stone dust. Those planning to attend should bring a shovel and clippers if possible. Work will run from 9 to 11 a.m.

The next meeting of the trails team is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 17. As of this report, a location had not been determined.

To stay up to date on trails team news or the Land Trust, visit www.BLCT.org. Ms. Tjader can also be reached by e-mail at helen@acornnpsolutions.com or by phone at 480-8329.

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