Glendale Falls Gets a Trail Makeover For Families to Hike!
Trustees of Reservation Property Awarded Grant
Glendale Falls in Middlefield, MA
Exciting News for the Hilltowns! The Trustees of Reservations was awarded a Mass trails grant for the One Step at a Time Down Glendale Falls Project. It has been four years since a National Wild & Scenic Westfield River volunteer in the Walkin’ the Watershed program noticed a need for a clearer and safer route to the bottom of the stunning TOR Glendale Falls property in Middlefield MA. Many wonderful community members donated funds for simple wooden steps and countless volunteers came out to help install them.
“The areas that were too steep or lacked sufficient soil to place the steps were put on hold until we were able to secure funding for Master trail builder Peter Jensen to bring his crew in to create a low maintenance stone stair trail,” writes Volunteer Coordinator, Meredyth Babcock. “Over 70 stone steps and cribbing are planned. This exciting work will be happening during the month of October, 2012. We are still looking housing close to or at Glendale Falls. Do you have a large RV that you would donate to the cause for the month? We have a small budget for housing and would love to discuss the possibilities that I’m sure are out there!! Would you like to sign up to bring goodies and support the hard working crew?”
VISITING THIS FALL
If you plan to enjoy the falls this fall, do so this week as they will be closed for the month of October due to the flying rocks!! Meredyth will be posting updates on their Facebook page where she will also be posting their opening celebration once completed.
If you’d like to help the Wild & Scenic in other ways call Meredyth Babcock at 413-623-2070. The best ideas come from you who know and love the river so well!