Officially running on Sunday, Feb. 10, from noon to 3 p.m., will be two three-mile guided hikes of 90 minutes each. A hike to Boston Hill will leave at 12:30 p.m. and a hike to the Judy Trail, also part of the 700-acre reservation, will leave at 1 p.m.
The day will provide even those familiar with the Ward Reservation with something new. They can get their first look at the property since a number of trees were cut down to recreate a grasslands bird habitat.
The Reservation was able to use about $400,000 to cut down trees that had taken over a former field, said Rollfs. The work also makes the Boston skyline visible from more of the property, including from the base of operations for Winter Fun Day.
“There’s a few people around who can remember what it looked like in the 1950s, [when it was still grassland] including John Kimbell who lives in the house where the Winter Fun Day is held,” said Rollfs. “It’s a really neat spot and a great view.”
The Charles W. Ward Reservation is one of more than 100 properties owned by conservation organization The Trustees of Reservations, and all are open to the public.
People can park at the Ward Reservation entrance on Prospect Road, east of Route 125, in Andover. There will be signs pointing to the nearby activities. Because of the limited, unpaved parking lot, Rollfs asks people to carpool when possible.
For more information, call Adam Rollfs with the Trustees of Reservations at 978-886-5297 or email email@example.com.
WINTER FUN DAY
Sunday, Feb. 10
noon to 3 p.m.
Charles Ward Reservation, a property of The Trustees of Reservations
Prospect Road, east of Route 125