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Friday, June 20, 2008

Great Brook Farm State Park adds bridge at canoe launch

Hikers who use the Beaver Loop and Pine Point Loop trails at Great Brook Farm State Park have doubtlessly noticed the new bridge which spans the brook near the North Road canoe launch. The new structure was built to replace a smaller footbridge. “The old bridge was too low,” Park Supervisor Steve Carlin noted. “It was taken out by flood waters. The new bridge is much higher and will allow hikers to cross the brook safely even in the spring.” Since the old bridge needed to be replaced, the safety of cross- country skiers was addressed at the same time. Before the new bridge was built, skiers needed to travel along North Road to get around the brook. “The new bridge was designed to be wide enough for the cross-country ski grooming equipment,” added Carlin. With the new design, cross- country skiers will be able to use tracks laid across the bridge and avoid North Road.

The state park’s new bridge will accommodate cross-country skiers. (Photo by Mollie McPhee Ho)

During construction of the new bridge, several large boulders were placed across the area that had been used as a canoe launch. According to Carlin, canoers can still use the area. “The canoe launch area is still under design. We hope that the boulders will be removed by next spring. In the meantime, people can still launch from the area but they need to carry their canoes from the parking lot just past the launch area.” It is also necessary to lift canoes over rocks at the water’s edge.

Carlin reminds Carlisle residents that free parking permits for all Massachusetts State Parks are available to any resident 62 years and older. “Massachusetts Senior Pass” permits can be picked up at park headquarters in the old brick schoolhouse on the corner of North Road and Lowell Street. For more information, call Great Brook Farm State Park at 978-369-6312. ∆

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