Wellesley trails system rovick april 2010

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Overview of Wellesley Trails Committee and related trail network / projects (best viewed in "slideshow" mode, in order to view overlaying Animations on several slides)

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Wellesley trails system rovick april 2010

  1. 1. Wellesley Trails System Peter Rovick Member – Wellesley Trails Committee www.wellesleytrails.org
  2. 2. 14 Trails Spanning > 25 miles http://www.wellesleyma.gov/Pages/WellesleyMA_Trails/gistrailmap.pdf
  3. 3. Mission & History <ul><li>Mission: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop, promote and maintain the town's trails network </li></ul></ul><ul><li>History: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Formed in 1993 as an official committee of the NRC, and planning and feasibility studies were initiated </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NRC formed the Bike Trails and Walkways Study Committee in 1992, under the chairmanship of John G. Schuler </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Studies to connect neighborhoods and schools with safe walking and bike trails </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Key Dates: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1999: First trail signs designed & installed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2000: Color-coded maps completed, map houses installed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2003: www.wellesleytrails.org comes online </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2008: Conversion of all our trail maps to GIS was completed (In cooperation with the Town NIS GIS analysts) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2009: The Charles River Link was dedicated, a 16-mile, 6-town regional trail connecting Newton through Wellesley to the Bay Circuit Trail in Medfield. </li></ul></ul>http://www.wellesleyma.gov/Pages/WellesleyMA_Trails/about
  4. 4. About Us <ul><li>Members: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>11 volunteers, including one liaison from the NRC (Natural Resources Commission) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Volunteer subset of the NRC </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What We Do: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop, maintain, & enhance trails </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consider safety, address parking & access, mark new trails, maintain map houses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lead seasonal walks (4 each every Spring & Fall) </li></ul></ul>http://www.wellesleyma.gov/Pages/WellesleyMA_Trails/about
  5. 5. In Conjunction With…. <ul><li>Wellesley NCR – Natural Resources Commission </li></ul><ul><li>Wellesley DPW – Dept. of Public Works </li></ul><ul><li>Massachusetts DCR – Dept. of Conservation & Recreation </li></ul><ul><li>CRWA: Charles River Watershed Association </li></ul><ul><li>Other Local Trails Committees (e.g. Natick & Weston) </li></ul><ul><li>Wellesley Conservation Council </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Guernsey Sanctuary <ul><li>Loop Trail to Sabrina Lake </li></ul><ul><li>Once part of William Baker’s 1871 amusement park </li></ul>
  7. 7. Boulder Brook
  8. 8. Carisbrooke ReservationTrail
  9. 9. Charles River Link <ul><li>A 16-mile trail </li></ul><ul><li>First proposed in Fall 2002 by the Wellesley Trails Committee to the Bay Circuit Alliance </li></ul><ul><li>Goal: linking downtown Boston with the Bay Circuit Trail in Medfield </li></ul><ul><li>Trail dedicated on 06JUN09 </li></ul><ul><li>www.charlesriverlink.org </li></ul>
  10. 10. Guided Trail Walks Discover a new trail! <ul><li>Four walks every Spring and Fall </li></ul><ul><li>Town history, flora & fauna, geological features </li></ul><ul><li>Spring 2009 Walks: Saturdays at 9 am </li></ul><ul><li>May 1: Beard Trail </li></ul><ul><li>May 15: Centennial Reservation Trail </li></ul><ul><li>May 22: Crosstown Trail </li></ul><ul><li>June 5: Boulder Brook Reservation Trail </li></ul>
  11. 11. More Than Walking Trails… <ul><li>Biking (no motorized vehicles) </li></ul><ul><li>Running/Jogging </li></ul><ul><li>Cross-country skiing </li></ul><ul><li>Dogs welcome! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Must have leash </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Please pick up after your dog </li></ul></ul>www.greatruns.net
  12. 12. Nature in Your Backyard

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