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Friday, October 22, 2004


Many hands are needed for boardwalk construction project

The River Trail is one of the most beautiful walks in Carlisle, running for miles along the Concord River through the Foss Farm conservation land, Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, and the Greenough conservation land. Its full use has been limited to winter and droughts by two large wetlands crossings, at least for those who value dry feet. That will change in the next two weekends as the Trails Committee and other volunteers build two large boardwalks across the wettest areas. The Trails Committee needs help from the community for these large projects. In particular, they are seeking skilled carpenters, general laborers, and people to provide refreshments for the workers.

On Saturday, October 23 (rain date Sunday, October 24), the group will meet near the community gardens at Foss Farm at 9 a.m. The Foss Farm parking lot is 0.3 mile northwest of the Concord River bridge on Route 225 (Bedford Road). Follow the signs from the end of the lot to the community gardens, either driving or walking (0.5 mile). The first activity will be carrying in concrete parking bumpers, which serve as foundations for the boardwalk, then positioning and leveling them. Next to be tackled will be nailing together the framework of pressure-treated wood. Finally the synthetic wood decking will be screwed onto the framework. A generator will be on site for electric drills, as there are 3,200 decking screws to drive. In addition to carpenters, general laborers are needed to carry materials to the site as needed and for digging work.

The work will go on through most of the day, so volunteers can come and go as their schedules permit. For those who wish to drop off refreshments (bottled water, cider, donut holes or cookies, sandwiches and pizza for lunch are suggestions), there will be a table near the community gardens.

On Saturday, October 30 (rain date Sunday, October 31) we will meet at the O'Rourke farm barn at 9 a.m. From Route 225, take Maple Street north. Turn right at the next driveway after 338 Maple Street, at Great Meadows NWR sign, between stone walls; take the right fork past the house to the big metal barn. If you come after 9 a.m. park at the barn, sign in and follow the signs to the work area, about 0.5 mile. This boardwalk will be supported on steel posts rather than concrete bumpers because the water is deeper, but the wood structure is the same as above. Again, work will continue all day. Those bringing refreshments should drop them off at a table at the barn.

Some of the work areas involve mud and standing water, so waterproof boots are highly recommended. Useful tools for both days include shovel, pickax, loppers, sledgehammer, heavy duty extension cord, power drill, 1/8" drill bit and square #2 driver bit, hammer, level, tape measure, nail apron, pencil, square, wood chisel, sawhorses, or Skil saw.

To volunteer or for more information, call Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680 or Pray for dry weather!

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