When we conceived of Amesbury Trails, it quickly became apparent that the group would have many different aspects.
We begin with education, so that the public grows aware of the natural spaces around us; where they are, and what to do when they get there. We accomplish this goal by holding guided events, to get people out for that critical first visit. Also, by creating maps, improving signage and boundary markers, visitors can see where the trails and parcels begin and end, and know what's allowed and what's not. We also endeavor to educate visitors about the natural world. You will see educational programming led by knowledgeable locals. The public will begin to recognize and appreciate the diversity of our forests, fields, rivers, and lakes.
Once folks are out there using and appreciating natural open spaces, we hope they will want to help protect and improve them. That includes everything from trail and park cleanups, to stewardship, trail building, and even working towards improving the protection status on open spaces that do not already enjoy permanent protection.
Alongside education, we also want to build a community around open space. We envision Amesbury as a city known not just for Flatbread Pizza, but for its commitment to open space recreation. We've already had visitors coming in from out of town to enjoy our trail events. I believe folks will continue to visit Amesbury to paddle the tranquil Powow, swim at Lake Gardner, walk the fields of Woodsom, and hike the trails of our forests.
Achieving our goals requires expertise and input from a diverse group of people with specialized interest and knowledge. We hope you'll want to be part of it too. To get involved, contact us using the email below, or simply check out the Facebook page and drop by for one of our events. And see you on the trails!
-Ken Aspeslagh, Founder
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