Concord -- Take a hike – join Five Rivers Conservation Trust on November 5 for a guided hike between conserved properties – Winant Park and Marjory Swope Park, in west Concord. Hikers will hop on a shuttle to the starting point, grab an apple out of the basket, and hike back through woodlands and hillsides. Hikers should arrive any time between noon and 1:00 pm to catch a shuttle. The hike is 1.6 miles on the connector trail between the two parks with an option for an additional 1.7 miles around Winant Park. Hikers will encounter sustained uphill and downhill terrain with ledgy areas along the way. Ron Klemarczyk, the City’s forester and Sarah Thorne, a teacher and conservationist will help hikers learn about the natural and cultural history of the land at two educational stops. Each group will have a leader who knows the way. At the end of the hike, participants will feast on Carter Hill cider and donuts and Contoocook Creamery cheeses, all from Five Rivers conserved farms.
Beth McGuinn, Five Rivers Executive Director, said “Five Rivers and the City of Concord have collaborated to provide great hikes on and between conserved lands close to home. This hike can serve as an introduction to trails that are available any time and is used regularly by families, hikers and runners who appreciate the extensive hiking opportunities right here in the state capital.”
To ensure a good experience for all attendees, space is limited and registration for the hike is required by Friday November 3 at www.5rct.org> Events. The suggested donation is $5 at the event. The shuttle cannot accommodate dogs. For more info please go to the above web site or contact Five Rivers at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 225-7225 and ask for Andrea.
Winant Park is 85 acres of forestland, conserved in 2009 by the family of former NH Governor John Winant, Five Rivers Conservation Trust and the City of Concord, with parking and trail entrance located on St Paul’s School property. The park includes many trails and fantastic views of the City of Concord.
Marjory Swope Park is 77 wooded acres, created in 2011 through the generosity of John Swope, who donated the property to the City of Concord and a conservation easement to Five Rivers Conservation Trust, to honor his late wife Marjory, who lead the Concord Conservation Commission and the Association of Conservation Commissions for many years
In 2016, the city trails committee added the trail between these two properties, extending a trail network that is used by outdoor enthusiasts year round. St Paul’s School and private landowners along Coventry Road made these trails possible by allowing the public to cross their land.
This hike is offered by Five Rivers Conservation Trust, co-hosted by the City of Concord and sponsored by Revision Energy.
Five Rivers Conservation Trust is a nonprofit member-supported organization that works with communities and landowners to protect land with important conservation values. Five Rivers’ goal is to ensure that future generations can experience, utilize, and benefit from the farms, forests, wetlands, and fields that characterize our landscape today. The organization works in seventeen communities in New Hampshire’s greater capital region and has conserved 71 properties, totaling over 4400 acres.