Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


February 7, 2013

Snow expected in time for Sunday's Winter Fun Day

People don’t need snow to enjoy the Ward Winter Fun Day this Sunday, Feb. 10. The Charles W. Ward Reservation’s 14 miles of trails and its views of Boston will be available regardless of the weather.

But, let’s face it, Winter Fun Day is a whole lot better when there’s white stuff on the ground – and the forecast is calling for significant snow to arrive Friday.

“There’s just so much more for people to do: cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, and for the kids it’s so much better to go off and sled while the parents are relaxing around a warming fire,” said Adam Rollfs, property manager. “Fresh show makes it much better.”

The Winter Fun Day is an annual opportunity for community members to be introduced to all that the property has to offer – even during colder weather. While people can enjoy each other’s company for group hikes, skiing and sledding, they can also explore the area on their own, and find a secluded spot with a breathtaking view that they can return to another time.

“That’s one of the great things about the property. I like to be off by myself and you can go up on Boston Hill and not see anyone all day,” said Rollfs. “You can be isolated from the noise of Route 125 and 28 and not hear anything except the chickadees.”

Winter Fun Day will provide more social opportunities, including the chance to toast s’mores and hot dogs over the warming fire. Hot chocolate will be available.

Throughout the day there will be short hikes around Holt Hill and the site’s unusual “quaking bog” of floating vegetation. Atop Holt Hill is the view of the Boston skyline for which Ward Reservation is known locally. History says that on June 17, 1775 Andover residents climbed the hill to watch Charlestown burn during the Revolutionary War’s Battle of Bunker Hill.

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