The Open Space Committee and the Trails Working Group, under the auspices of the OSC, have made a number of field trips to the Indian Brook School and the Manomet Recreation Area to tramp the ground, see what is there, and look for possibilities for improvement to a trail network. The Trails Group plans a work party starting at 10 AM on Saturday, November 7 to clear the existing trail, which begins behind the children’s playground in the rear of the Manomet Rec Area. Working with the Forest Rangers, some chainsaw work will be done on the existing trail, and the extension of the new trail will begin.
Working with the Forest Wardens and David Gould from the Department of Marine and Environmental affairs, it has been decided to extend the existing trail across Indian Brook Road ( a dirt road) and on to the shore of Shallow Pond. For now, there will be only an in and out trail, not a loop. The hope is to amplify the trail into a loop at a later date, creating a route that will head south from Shallow Pond, then along the Indian Brook & marsh, and rejoin the existing trail just south of the westernmost ball field. The trail will get some signage and trail markers. It is hoped that the new extension will incorporate a length of an abandoned but charming cart path, which runs more or less parallel to Indian Brook Road.
Further, the Trails group would like to mark and clear out the short path connecting the Indian Brook School yard to the Rec area, near the base of the telecommunication tower. Lastly, there is a wide and nicely laid out forest path that loops from behind the school itself in a wide arc and connecting back to the open field near the basketball court. Perhaps at a later date, that path could be connected to the Rec area paths.
Take a Hike.
The Old Colony Memorial recently published an article “Wheel Friendly Hikes” prepared by the OSC about woodland trails that are barrier free and paved; intended for strollers, wheelchairs, and other recreational wheels like children’s scooters and bicycles. This is to highlight the open space environment for those who need wheels to get out there.
Fun Family Hike.
The OSC will sponsor and guide a Covid- compliant hike open to the public at the Hio Hill Preserve, on Old Sandwich Road, south of the intersection with Ship Pond Road, on Sunday Nov 8 at 1 PM. Masks mandatory, even though it is outside.
Trail Guide to the Nature Preserves of Plymouth
Work is progressing on a booklet about most of the trails in the Town owned conservation properties, which will include trail maps, photos and a description of the features.
Pollinator Protection Plan
The Staff Planner for the OSC, Patrick Farah, is completing planning for this endeavor which will establish pollinator supportive wild flower gardens on verges and roadsides of Town land.
Bring Your Ideas!
The Open Space Committee welcomes input from the citizens about any ideas or projects that they would like to see, to improve access and encourage recreational use of our wild and open spaces.