Trail Projects in Andover
The Andover Trails Committee has completed a number of projects and also has current projects and planned future projects. Select the links to the left for more information about our completed projects. If you are interested in participating in any of the current or planned projects, please visit the volunteer page.
COMPLETE! Bay Circuit Trail in the Doyle Link Reservation With a DCR grant that we received to fund the materials, we've now re-routed the Bay Circuit Trail near the northern edge of the Doyle Link Reservation to create an exit further west along High Plain Road. This has the positive impact of moving a portion of the BCT off of High Plain Road and into the Doyle Link Reservation. This new BCT trail section will be officially opened and dedicated in the summer of 2016.
COMPLETE! Mary French Reservation. In the summer of 2013, we teamed up with the Andover Conservation Commission to upgrade 300 feet of the walkway through the amazing Mary French Reservation. This new section replaced the original existing walkway that had slowly withered under the elements.
COMPLETE: Merrimack River Bridge. The Andover Conservation Commission has completed a new bridge on the Merrimack River Trail to replace the failing bridge that we helped take down in November 2009. Thanks Bob Decelle for leading the effort!
COMPLETE: Truss Bridge at the Vale Reservation We are so proud of the work we did in cooperation with AVIS on their Vale Reservation along the Shawsheen River to construct an amazing truss bridge over an oxbow of the Shawsheen River.
COMPLETE: Boardwalk and viewing platform in Mars Swamp / Ward Reservation The Andover Trails Committee, in conjunction with The Trustees of Reservations and the Bay Circuit Alliance, applied for and received a grant from the DCR to construct an elevated boardwalk and viewing platform across Mars Swamp in the Ward Reservation in Andover. In addition to serving as a new future route for the Bay Circuit Trail in this area (moving it off of Prospect Road and off of Route 125), there is an integrated platform / seating area for relaxing and bird/wildlife viewing.
Planning: Trail at new Fosters Pond Reservation Timing TBD. We are planning to work with the Andover Conservation Commission to assist with access trail creation in the new Fosters Pond Reservation that was purchased in 2010. Please send an email to [[email protected]] if you would like to volunteer for this project.
Planning: New Trail at Serio's Grove. Timing TBD. We'll be working with the Andover Conservation Committee to build a new trail in the Serio's Grove Reservation along the Shawsheen River to create easier and better fishing access at the river bend near the campsite. Project to include standard trail building techniques, including the installation of several light bog bridges to cross wet areas along the way. Please send an email to [[email protected]] if you are interested in volunteering for this project.
Planning: Bay Circuit Trail along High Plain Road Timing TBD. A project has been identified to move a section of the Bay Circuit Trail in Andover off of High Plain Road and into the woods between Route 495 and the compost site on High Plain Road.. This project still needs to be scoped but is likely to include standard trail building techniques, including the possible need light bog bridging to cross wet areas along the way. Please send an email to [[email protected]] if you are interested in volunteering for this project.