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March 12, 2014

Danvers hopes to reroute part of rail trail

Path would avoid Agway parking lot, go through Putnamville Park

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“We think an 8-foot-wide, 50-foot-long boardwalk would do that,” Lincicum said of the wetland crossing. The trail would run into the playground and parallel to the present trail.

Travis Reardon, a tree climber with the DPW’s Forestry Division, is designing a landscaping plan. The play set would be moved to different location, a gazebo would be built, and a parking lot for 11 cars would be added.

Colin Butler, an Eagle Scout candidate with Troop 16, would help build railings for the boardwalk, and one of Eagle Scout Tim Jordan’s train axle benches would be moved into the park.

The first phase would be to build the boardwalk and run the trail through the park. Senior Planner Kate Day said the boardwalk would cost about $15,000.

The second phase would be to work with Recreation Department on other amenities and make sure the path is graded properly so that it is accessible to all.

“The Recreation Department is very pleased with what’s happening,” Beth Klemm, a member of the Danvers Recreation Committee, told selectmen at a recent meeting.

Agway is onboard and has promised to volunteer labor and materials, Lincicum said.

The town has won a grant from boot and apparel maker Timberland, based in Stratham, N.H., which has taken this on as one of its Earth Day volunteer projects. Timberland plans to organize a team of more than 50 volunteers to work on the park for eight hours and provide $4,000 for materials.

“We plan to send approximately 50 employees to help build a bridge (part of the rerouting of the existing rail trail) and revitalize the underutilized park,” said Ali Pike, a senior interactive designer for Timberland.

Town Manager Wayne Marquis said the Timberland grant is highly competitive, and the town is grateful for it.

“They do wonderful work, from what I’ve been told,” Marquis said. He said without the grant, the town would not be able to accomplish its plans for Putnamville Park.

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at eforman@salemnews.com or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.

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