Ware River Park Earth Day Cleanup

The Hardwick Conservation Commission has been working to clean up Ware River property as part of its responsibility to oversee the Town’s Ware River lands. The Commission worked with Mass DEP to secure the permitting paperwork and approval for the Ware River Park project. This is a cooperative partnership project between the Town, the East Quabbin Land Trust and now the Chicopee 4 Rivers Watershed Blue Trails.

The first phase of the project involved treatment and removal of invasive plant overgrowth by Vegetation Control Services (VCS) from Athol. The first volunteer clean-up day on March 26th was a huge success with over 25 volunteers that picked up litter and debris, cut invasive plants and installed the canoe landing at the Gazebo area of the park. The next project is to work on the East end of the Ware River Park which is located across from the St. Aloysius cemetery. The vision for this parcel is to establish a trail to the Ware River shoreline for a canoe landing, fishing, picnics, wildlife observation and photography. To honor Earth Day, volunteers are needed for another Ware River Park Cleanup Day on Saturday, April 23, 2022 from 9 am-Noon to clean up litter and debris and cut brush. If you would like to volunteer to help out, please contact the project leader Becky Bottomley at b2b3bottomley@gmail.com.

Last updated 04/4/2022