Shrewsbury Trails Committee starts the New Year off with hike


By Melanie Petrucci, Senior Community Reporter

Paul and Helen Dexter of Boylston with their dog Rascal. Photo/Melanie Petrucci

Shrewsbury – What better way is there to start the New Year than with a brisk hike? Over 50 residents of all ages participated in a First Day Hike at the Lake Street Park, which was organized by the Shrewsbury Trails Committee. After an overnight rain storm, the weather for the hike was perfect – breezy, not too cold and mostly sunny.

The committee took the idea of getting the earliest possible start on a healthy New Year, which has been promoted by America’s State Parks, and a number of hiking and other outdoor groups.

“We wanted to get people out in the community and so we decided that a First Day Hike would be an awesome way to do that,” said committee member Jesse Shaw. “We just want everyone out and to enjoy the weather and enjoy the day.”

Well over 50 people, including many children and their furry four-legged friends, participated. They had a choice of a guided walk or to venture out on their own on a damp but well-marked trails. Maps were provided and hot cocoa was also available as their reward.

Jill Cochrane and her friend Charlotte Holly thanked the Shrewsbury Trails Committee for hosting this event; echoing that it was a great way to start the New Year. They even picked up garbage along their way.

For more information about the Shrewsbury Trails Committee, email [email protected].

Photos/Melanie Petrucci

Charlotte Holly (l) and Jill Cochrane.
Shrewsbury Trails Committee members Jesse Shaw (l) and Rick Gill with his dog Harper.
Paul and Naomi Gannon and their 16-month-old daughter, Beatrice.