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Lake Williams Trail Opens with help of Scouts

Eagle Scout candidate Brenton Sullivan and summer interns were among those who made a one mile trail around Lake Williams a reality.

Eagle Scout candidate Brenton Sullivan was among those who made a one mile trail around Lake Williams a reality.

"People in the community can come and walk along Lake Williams. I feel that is very helpful," said the 16 year-old Sullivan who did the work with 20 other scouts from Boy Scout Troop 2. "It opens it up and people can enjoy Lake Williams."

The one mile trail that wraps around a portion of Lake Williams was constructed through a combined effort by the DPW and Sullivan. It was a project many had pushed for throughout the years, according to Mayor Arthur Vigeant.

“The Lake Williams Trail would not have happened without the collaboration and efforts of many people. I’m grateful that their hard work has given Marlborough another beautiful place to enjoy the outdoors,” said the mayor.

This new trail meanders through our wooded watershed near the waters' edge, over a boardwalk and wetland, across the Lake Williams spillway bridge and
climbs to a high point at its northerly end. At the top of the hill the trail provides a great view across the lake before looping back on itself, said officials.

“As part of his Eagle Scout project and with the help of his family, friends and fellow scouts, Brenton proposed and constructed a boardwalk system where the
trail crossed a large wetland and a bridge across the concrete spillway to Lake Williams," said Commissioner of Public Works Ron LaFreniere.

The DPW forestry and parks crew as well as the Conservation Commission summer interns also worked on the project.

“It’s great to see our investment in a summer jobs program pay off. The students did a tremendous job on the trail,” said Mayor Vigeant.

The trail one way is approximately one mile long and will take the average person a little less than an hour to make the two way trip.

Walking, jogging, cross country skiing and snowshoeing are the only permitted activities at this time. Because the lake is the city's water supply, many activities are prohibited as noted on signs along the trail including hunting, fishing, pet walking, swimming and boating.

Lee Atherton October 19, 2012 at 12:01 PM
Where do we find it?
Sam Bonacci October 19, 2012 at 01:08 PM
The trail starts near the courthouse at the clearing towards the lights. There will be a trail map up on the conservation commission portion of the city's website soon.
Lee Wright October 19, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Great job, Brenton, and to the rest of the folks who worked on this. I hope there's an easy-to-see sign at the entrance so that people will take advantage of this. And thanks to Sam for the write-up. (Sam: "Eagle Scout" in Ron's quote should be capitalized.)
Catherine October 20, 2012 at 07:37 AM
Great job!
Jennifer Z October 20, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Great job! We took the hike today and saw many people on the trail. We weren't sure where to park, but it was a great time on a gorgeous warm Fall day!

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