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September 16. 2013 6:26PM

Hopkinton Village Greenway to be unveiled to public

HOPKINTON — The Hopkinton Village Greenway, an idea that has taken two decades to bring to fruition, is finally ready for exploration.

The grand opening of the greenway, a 4.5-mile loop that encircles Hopkinton Village, will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m. A brief opening ceremony will be held at the Kimball Lake Cabins, followed by an inaugural hike around the Greenway.

The greenway passes through town forests and conservation lands with new trails on town property and private land.

The greenway connects with existing trails in the Hawthorne Forest, Ransmeier Woods and Kimball Lake.

The vision for the Conservation Commission is that a greenway trail will help encourage townspeople to get out in the woods and explore the town properties that surround Hopkinton Village.

“We’re excited to finally get folks out on the trail to see all the diverse terrain that’s been protected around the village” said Ron Klemarczyk, a member of the Hopkinton Conservation Commission. “The trail goes along the shore of a lake under huge pine trees, past isolated bogs, streams and wetlands, beside a deep gorge in a hemlock forest, and even past the old village dump.”

For hikers and runners who want longer distances, the links to the other town trails expand the woodland paths, and folks who like to get outdoors when the snow flies have new places to explore.

“The greenway trail makes these conservation lands more accessible for walkers and runners, as well as winter users,” said Lucia Kittredge, a member of the Hopkinton Open Space Committee. “It’s part of what makes Hopkinton such a livable community.”

It has taken 20 years for the Hopkinton Conservation Commission and Open Space Committee — with the help of voters — to create the greenway.

“Our vision for a greenbelt of protected land around Hopkinton Village began in the early 1990s,” Klemarczyk said. “It took years of work with Open Space Bond funds and generous private landowners to acquire the land necessary to make the trail.”

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