Pownal seeks trails

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Thursday, November 30
POWNAL — The Recreation Committee is going to identify walking trails in the town, according to discussion at a meeting Wednesday night.

"We have been working to identify what they call 'passive recreation trails,' or walking trails," said Peter Hopkins, chairman of the town's Rural Development Committee. "We have a short-term goal of identifying four scenic walking routes."

Hopkins said the program will be working hand-in-hand with the Ancient Roads program, which is an attempt by the state to require towns to identify what is and is not a public road in their municipalities.

"We have the advantage of areas that are less-traveled by motor vehicles that are beautiful," Hopkins said, adding that "serenity and safety" were the focal points in identifying these trails.

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Hopkins said recent events opened eyes in the community.

"I think following the 'Taste of Pownal,' we've realized there's a pent-up demand for having fun in Pownal," said Hopkins.

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Hopkins also said ways to use the Hoosic River were discussed.

"We talked about the Hoosic (River) for a variety of recreational opportunities, most of which exist already, like fishing, boating and walking," he said. "We are looking for ways to better utilize a great New England fishery and boat route that is under-utilized."

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Preliminary talks about a winter carnival to be held in February were held.

"It depends on snow, of course — we have to do the best with what we've got," said Hopkins. "We're tentatively talking about having it on the Bartell property on Center Street. We're looking at a sliding course and a snowboarding course — both small, understandably."

According to Hopkins, the possibility of having the Pownal Community Church's Carriage Barn open for the event was also brought up.

"The Carriage House would be the warming center for the event, with things like hot chocolate available," Hopkins said.


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