The Grills Preserve Trail Widening, Grills Preserve & Wildlife Sanctuary

September 21, 2013

By HHA Member Tom Helmer

The “Tomaquag Trail” runs through the Grills Preserve & Wildlife Sanctuary. The original plans called for a linkage between this trail system, spearheaded by the Hopkinton Land Trust, and a similar trail system developed by the Westerly Land Trail. Two of the three bridges that will make these trails complete are now “in” and functioning. They are the big “Polly Coon Bridge”, a hiking bridge spanning the Pawcatuck River, and the “Wine Bottle Brook Bridge”, recently completed over the Wine Bottle Brook.

(A BIG Thank You! to David Benn & Family! A separate page is coming soon to chronicle the construction of this all natural materials stone work bridge. A 5 photo slide show is included on this page as a preview of the “Wine Bottle Brook” page.)

The hiking bridge over Tomaquag Brook, and the elevated Plank Walk over it’s flood plain is scheduled for construction in the Fall of 2013. However, to accommodate the truck bringing in the bridge trusses and the flood plain pilings, the “Tomaquag Trail” has to be widened to allow passage of the truck and trailer.

This 28 photo slide show records the work done on Saturday, 9/21/2013.