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Volunteers Gather at Horton Woods for September Work/Walk Party

In an impressive display of teamwork and camaraderie, volunteers recently gathered at Horton Woods for the September Work/Walk Party organized by Saco Bay Trails.

The ambitious project, which took place on September 9th, involved constructing a bridge along the scenic Blue Heron Trail.

Preparations began the night before as the team transported necessary lumber along the trail. With the materials in place for the morning, volunteers wasted no time assembling the bridge, working diligently to ensure its completion.

Ryan Gorman, President of Saco Bay Trails, mentioned that determining the ideal location for the bridge was a challenge. 

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Previously, the Blue Heron Trail had a steep ascent onto a neighboring private property, which graciously allowed public use.

To offer a more picturesque and enjoyable walking experience, the decision was made to reroute the trail. 

Wyatt Williams, a member of Troop 310 of Saco, undertook the task of cutting the trail as part of his Eagle Scout Project, making this transformation possible.

Under the guidance of John Riordan, a dedicated board member and retired engineer who designed the bridge, a group of 15 to 16 volunteers began construction. Board by board, they built a sturdy bridge to enhance the trail experience in Horton Woods.

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Ryan mentioned that everyone present, including board members, contributes their time and expertise voluntarily. This ensures that all donations received directly support trail maintenance and improvement.

The significance of accessible trails, especially during the challenging times brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, cannot be overstated. Ryan understands this firsthand due to his involvement in scouting during his childhood and his recognition of the importance of outdoor spaces.

Saco Bay Trails is committed to enhancing connectivity within the community's trail systems. By creating more loops and extended walking options, they aim to provide diverse opportunities for people to engage with the outdoors.

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Their tireless efforts are driven by the belief that fostering a strong sense of community connection through these trails is crucial.

The September Work/Walk Party at Horton Woods was just one example of the ongoing work carried out by Saco Bay Trails. Their regular work parties, held on the second Saturday of each month, bring together dedicated volunteers who share a passion for maintaining and improving the trail network.

The bridge-building project at Horton Woods is a testament to the power of collaboration, the joy of outdoor exploration, and the enduring spirit of volunteerism.

Through their collective efforts, Saco Bay Trails and its dedicated volunteers are making a lasting impact on the accessibility and enjoyment of local trails.

To learn more about their efforts of to join their cause, visit their website at: https://www.sacobaytrails.org/

 

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