Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

June 27, 2013

Boy Scouts deserve praise for trail work


The Andover Townsman

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Editor, Townsman:

As a regular user of Andover Village Improvement Society trails, I wanted to express my appreciation for efforts being made by both AVIS and the Boy Scouts for upgrades to the Vale Trail in Ballardvale.

While on the trail recently, I came across work crews on two of the new pedestrian bridges spanning the wetlands and streams along the winding path. Eagle Scout candidates Mike Davidson and Jordan Shuh are working with AVIS to design and construct these new timber bridges. I was immediately impressed with their work ethic and their appreciation for the engineering and construction that goes into making these bridges both beautiful and safe for those passing by. These two fine young men are great examples of our youth giving back to the communities that they grew up in.

If you have not yet seen the trail, it is worth a visit. Parking and access are available from the north end of the MBTA commuter parking lot in Ballardvale. The path is easy to navigate and winds through woodlands, across streams and into open meadows as you approach Horn Bridge.

Many thanks to both AVIS and the Boy Scouts for their work in Ballardvale!

Chris Huntress

17 Tewksbury St.