“This is a true model for others. Some planners are very interested in Andover’s Greenway,” Hess said, adding the Vale Trail will be seen as an example for other communities.
Initiated in 2002, the project required the clearing of overgrown brush and rocks. AVIS members, volunteers, local Scouts and members of the Conservation Commission and other organizations in town all rolled up their sleeves to get the work done.
“The trail has seen 300 volunteers, 3,000 hours of labor and $30,000 of materials to complete this first section,” Hess said. “Sustaining this effort through the help of other town organizations will enable the Greenway to extend further in the future. AVIS has demonstrated how this can be accomplished.”
WHEN: Saturday, April 27, 2 p.m.; rain date Sunday, April 28
WHERE: MBTA Ballardvale parking lot, 196 Andover St.
WHAT TO KNOW: Hikers can park at the MBTA Ballardvale parking lot at 196 Andover St. and be ready to leave at 1 p.m. for a short hike to explore the southern end of the Greenway. A longer hike happens at 12:30 p.m. Gather at the intersection of Central Street and Abbot Bridge Drive to hike approximately 1.4 miles through the Shawsheen River and Vale reservations. Both hikes return to the north end of the commuter parking lot where the dedication ceremony begins at 2 p.m.