, Salem, MA

August 22, 2013

Letter: Many shape Beverly trails

The Salem News

---- — To the editor:

In addition to Beverly’s beautiful seaside parks, the city also boasts a network of trails through public preserves throughout the city. This woodland open space is one of Beverly’s most valuable resources.

Our committee would like to publicly recognize and thank the organizations and individuals who have so generously volunteered their time to expand and improve these trails during the past year.

Boy Scouts from Troops 2 and 6 have been major contributors. A Troop 2 workday under the direction of Scoutmaster Mario Tricomi was devoted to a major clean-up of Sally Milligan Park. Five Eagle Scouts, with the assistance of their troops, provided trail building and improvements:

Matthew Ackerman, Troop 2: a new access trail from Standley Street to the Beverly Commons Woods along a right of way by Sweeney’s greenhouse;

Ben McDonald, Troop 2: improvements to the trail from Bridge Street onto Greens Hill by the Bass River;

Justin Tramonti, Troop 2: a new loop trail from Eisenhower Road into the Whitehall woods;

Ian Beckman, Troop 6: a new loop trail that runs from Leech Street to Bathing Beach Lane along the Bass River;

Gabriel Buchsbaum, Troop 6: four natural history interpretation signs: two at Sally Milligan describing its vernal pool and glacial erratics, one at the Whitehall open space describing its vernal pool, and one at the J.C. Phillips Nature Preserve describing its esker.

The New England Mountain Bike Association, under the direction of Dan Streeter, along with Essex County Greenbelt, also made major trail improvements: a new trail linking the Beverly Commons outer trail to Wood Road and a 150-foot boardwalk around wet area near the Stoneridge gate to Beverly Commons.

The North Shore Academy completed an impressive cleanup and signage-improvement project at the J.C. Phillips Nature Preserve.

Local mountain bikers, a Waring School senior class group, neighbors and OSRC members built the trail from Tall Tree Lane over Fox Hill.

All are welcome to explore and enjoy these beautiful areas. Please go to our website for more information including trail maps.

Nancy Coffey

Vice chair

Beverly Open Space and Recreation Committee