Sturbridge: The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers as part of the Army’s Celebrate Earth Day 2010 is asking area residents to come out and volunteer to help work on the trails of the local community on Saturday April 17th from 8:30 AM to noon. The Corps has partnered with the Sturbridge and Brimfield Town Trail Committees and the Grand Trunk Trail Blazers to oversee several projects to improve the local trail systems. Volunteers of all ages and skills are invited. This is the 10th annual spring trail day hosted by the Corps.
With the recent construction of the Grand Trunk trail out to the Ed Calcutt Bridge in Westville Park this past spring several portions of the trail system need shoulder work, and slope stabilization. Other projects include flood and winter debris pick-up, brush trimming, and spreading loam and seeding trail shoulders. In Brimfield, the trail committee will be working on similar projects getting that section of the Grand Trunk trail ready for their 5K run/walk event also set for April 24th. Also in Sturbridge the Trail Committee will be hosting trail projects at the Heins Conservation land including trail cleaning from this past winter, and trail surface improvements. In total over 15 projects are being planned between the four organizations and sites.
Sign –up that day begins at 8:30 AM in the Park at Westville Lake for Corps volunteers At the Heins Conservation access, 197 Leadmine Rd in Sturbridge. Brimfield volunteers are asked to meet at the trail head parking lot on 5 Bridge Rd in Brimfield. All work tools will be supplied. Please bring work gloves, your own bottle for water, dress for the weather, and wear sturdy shoes. If heavy rain on the 17th the event will be held on Sunday the 19th, same time and schedule. Bottled water and coffee will be available. A pizza lunch will be provided to all participants at noon, thanks in part to the Grand Trunk Trail Blazers.
Any one with questions on this event or for volunteers and crew leaders who are encouraged to sign up before the event by calling Corps Park Ranger Tom Chamberland at 508-347-3705 or email atThomas.a.chamberland@usace.