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Spring /Summer 2006

Hikes /Outdoor Events

The Leominster Land Trust and the Leominster Recreation Department are co-partnering in planning hikes and trail work days for the 2006 calendar year. Additional events may be offered at various times.

COST: Free (unless noted) -Hikers gather informally and hike at your own risk
Please let us know if you are planning on joining us on each hike so we can notify you of any changes in the schedule. Please watch the local newspaper or call the Recreation Department at 978-534-7529 for an update on the hiking schedule.

Cancellations: Hikes are canceled if it rains. Please call Deanne Comeau at 978-537-3018 or the Recreation Department office for an update

We recommend that hikers wear proper hiking gear; take a lunch or snack, water, sunscreen and insect repellent.

Sat., April 22 Petersham- Nichewag Trail
9:00 a.m.
Participants will meet at the Recreation Department Office parking lot at Barrett Park for 9:00 a.m. to car-pool to the properties of the Trustees of Reservations in Petersham, MA. Beginning at the Nichewag Trail Terminus, we will hike through the Swift River Tract to North Common Meadows. Dick O’Brien, Mass. Regional Director of the Trustees of Reservations will lead. Hiking time is about 4 hours.

Sat., May 20th – Wachusett Reservoir
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Participants will meet at the Recreation Department Office parking lot at Barrett Park for 8:30 a.m. to carpool to the Wachusett Reservoir until 12:00 p.m. Kelly Freda, an Environmental Analyst for Department of Environmental Conservation and Recreation and a member of the Leominster Conservation Commission, will lead. On the hike she will talk about the Wildlife in the area and the history of the Wachusett Reservoir. It is a gentle walk; hikers of all ages are welcome. Please bring water, snack, sunscreen, bug repellent and binoculars. Eagles and loons are now present there.

Sat., June 3th- National Trails Day
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
This is an opportunity to get the trail in order for the summer. Trail work will be done in groups on particular segments from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Participants will meet at Barrett Park to receive assignments, take gloves, loppers or your favorite trail tool. Please consider the importance of our trails- volunteers needed.

Sat., August 12th Monoosnoc Morning Trail Hike
9:00 a.m.
Hike the newest section of the Monoosnoc trail from Samoset School to Sholan Farms and then to Wachusett Street. Meet at the Samoset School Parking lot near the upper soccer fields on DeCicco Drive at 9:00 a.m.

THE WOMEN’S HIKING SERIES, led by members of the Leominster Recreation Department and the Leominster Land Trust Trails Committee in conjunction with Leominster Conservation Commis-sion, offers hikes for women through Leominster Monoosnoc Hills once a month. Additional hikes may also be offered at various times of the year. (Call 978-534-7529 for monthly updates and meeting points.) Hikers should wear hiking boots; bring water to drink, a light snack, binoculars, and bug repellant.

DAYS: Leominster Hikes are held the 2nd Thursday of every month
TIME: 9:00 a.m. until approximately noon
COST: Free -Hikers gather informally and hike at your own risk.Please watch the local newspaper or call the Recreation Department at 978-534-7529 prior to each hike to check for changes in the schedule.

April 13th –Exchange Street Beech Forest
Meet at the end of Exchange Street

May 11th –High Ridge Conservation Area in Westminster; Meet at Barrett Park and car pool to trail in Westminster

June 8th – Moore State Park on Route 31 in Paxton, MA, Hike one of the trails on this 700-acre former estate while enjoying the views of the pond, water-falls, brook, blooming rhododendrons and azaleas. Meet at Barrett Park in Leominster to car pool.

July 13th -Wachusett Street to Elm Street on the Monoosnoc trail. Meet on Wachusett Street at trail

Aug. 10th -Barre Falls Dam-Hike the trails through sections of the 557 acres of Federal public land
Meet at Barrett Park to Car Pool to Barre.

September 14th - Elm Street to West Street on the Monoosnoc trail. Meet at the end of West Street and car pool to Elm Street trail.

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