Outdoor recreation in Andover just notched another milestone with the merger of two exemplary and complimentary organizations. Shawsheen Greenway, an emerging force in promoting the use and conservation of the Shawsheen River system, is combining efforts with Andover Trails Committee, a venerable promoter of Andover outdoors and co-author of the popular Andover Trails Guide.
“We’re combining into one non-profit organization under ATC’s mission to promote and support non-motorized trails within Andover” said Steve Golden, Shawsheen Greenway’s president. “I am excited about what we can accomplish together and our growing constituency.”
“Water trails are generally accepted as trails and are consistent with the ATC mission,” echoed Dave Bunting, ATC president. “The Shawsheen Greenway team brings tremendous vitality and vision to further develop and support our town’s tremendous outdoor community and network.” Since its initiation in 1991, ATC has completed a number of high profile projects and has current projects underway, including improvements to the Bay Circuit Trail. In addition to publishing the trails guide, ATC works to increase access to recreational trails, runs trail events, and organizes volunteers to work on trails.
Formed in 2017, the Shawsheen Greenway provides an array of community activities and projects on the Shawsheen River in alliance with Town Departments and key local organizations. Restoration of the Shawsheen, once the historic heart of Andover, remains a key priority. The river is a 27-mile-long tributary of the Merrimack River, flowing northward from Bedford through Billerica, Wilmington, Tewksbury, and Andover before joining the Merrimack in Lawrence.
“The River has never had stronger support in the community” added Golden. “We have come a long way and now together we must provide leadership in defining what actually can be done.” The next year will feature more public recreational events and volunteer opportunities. A communication plan is underway to create a combined website and social media presence likely under the “Andover Trails” moniker.
ABOUT ANDOVER TRAILS COMMITTEE
The Andover Trails Committee is a citizens group with members from the Conservation Commission, the Appalachian Mountain Club, Andover Village Improvement Society, the Bay Circuit Alliance, The Trustees of Reservations, and just plain folk who appreciate the outdoor recreational opportunities of Andover. The committee works to increase the public's access to recreational trails by publicizing trail events, seeking volunteers to work on trails, raising funds for trail improvements, and working with regional groups to create trail networks. To learn more, visit www.andovertrails.org or email email@example.com.
ABOUT SHAWSHEEN GREENWAY
Shawsheen Greenway is non-profit organization dedicated to restoring the Shawsheen River to its full potential as a recreational and educational treasure. The Shawsheen River was once the historic heart of Andover, serving as its economic spine where many mills and farms flourished on its banks and an important recreational resource as well. A 27-mile-long tributary of the Merrimack River, the Shawsheen River flows from Bedford northward through Billerica, Wilmington, Tewksbury, and Andover before joining the Merrimack in Lawrence -- six towns total. The Shawsheen Greenway was formed in 2017 to provide stewardship of community activities and guide implementation of projects in alliance with Town Departments and key local organizations. To learn more, visit www.shawsheengreenway.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.