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Pictured are Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts from Scotch Plains and Fanwood resting after long afternoon of trail building at Brookside Park.

Scotch Plains Scouts Build New Trail in Brookside Park

HAPPY TRAILS TO YOU...Brookside Park in Scotch Plains just got a new trail to the north of the playground equipment running to the Winding Brook, a tributary of the Robinson's Branch of the Rahway River. This trail is part of an extensive upgrade of the park. The new trail will eventually hook up to an existing nature trail that runs the length of the brook on the eastern side of the park which borders on Memorial Park in Westfield.

Two bridges crossing the brook will create a circuit for joggers and will provide much-needed crossing spots for Scotch Plains residents which will, in turn, help to curb stream bank erosion.

On April 9 and 10 over 85 Girl and Boy Scouts and their leaders and some parents all chipped in to create the first half of a new woodland trail at Brookside Park. The girls from Junior Troop No. 96 laid logs to edge the trail while Daisy Troop Nos. 579, 935, 341 and 877 and Brownie Troop Nos. 342 and 52, and Coles School Cub Scout Den Nos. 1, 7 and 9 laid the wood chip trail. Cadettes from Troop Nos. 1 and 751 and Seniors from Troop No. 561 helped the younger girls and boys with their tasks.

Two Boy Scouts: Michael Anderson and Stewart Slaugh assisted by sawing and clearing the path for the trail to come through. Over a quarter mile, approximately half of the trail, was laid in the two days by the Scouts. Plans are under way for the completion of the trail.

This project was organized by Marcia Anderson, a local landscape designer and Scout leader, with the support of the Scotch Plains Departments of Parks and Recreation, Public Works and the Environmental Commission.

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