Volunteers needed to finish the marathon-length Panther Trail in Marlborough

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Young volunteers pose near the trail.

Marlborough – Construction of the Panther Trail in Marlborough, which is also part of the intercommunity Boroughs Loop Trail, began in earnest last fall and will be continuing this spring.

Five Boy Scouts and their teams of volunteers, with the help of the Rotary Club, AMSA students and the Carpenter’s Union Local 336, worked hard building trails and boardwalks as part of the Panther Trail/ Boroughs Loop Trail project. The Boroughs Loop Trail will be a 33-mile trail that winds through Marlborough, Southborough, Westborough and Northborough.  The Panther Trail will be a subset of that and will include a 26.2-mile trail winding through Marlborough connecting open space trails with sidewalks and bike paths to make a continuous loop around the city.

In total, in fall of 2018, approximately two miles of trail were constructed which included two sections of bog bridges, one small bridge, and one section of 165’ of helical pier boardwalk.

To be constructed in spring and summer of 2019 are four sections of trail including six bridges of various sizes and complexity, one mile of trail, two helical pier boardwalks and one regular boardwalk.  Three Scouts are lined up to do three sections, the Conservation Commission is now forming a Trails Committee and will be recruiting volunteers through the Rotary Club, running club and school groups. Anyone else interested in helping to complete the remaining sections are asked to come join a work crew for a day or for a project section.

If you, your group or organization are interested in helping with trail construction, contact the Marlborough Conservation Commission office at 508-460-3768 or [email protected].

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A dog “oversees” the work being done on the trail.