Our previous blog post highlighted the beauty that can be found along the John Kieran Nature Trail, and the great man it has been named after. Now we would like to share with you some of the updates that the Friends would like to see along the trail within the upcoming years, while keeping its natural and majestic feel.
The location of the John Kieran Trail provides us a unique opportunity to allow everyone to utilize this trail. If we were to make the John Kieran Trail accessible to all, it must adhere to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards. The steep grades while hiking alongside the Lake and roots and rocks sticking out from the dirt trail are some of the small issues that the new updates to the trail must cover. The Friends would also like to address the access points to the Lake along the trail that are subjected to erosion when it rains.
Our goals for updating the John Kieran Trail are to resurface the trail with dirt to allow for a more firm and stable trail while keeping its current natural feel as a dirt path. Resurfacing the path will also provide the trail with better drainage so that it does not stay as muddy as it currently does after rainstorms. We would like the access points to the Lake to be stabilized by installing stone steps down to the water. This will cause less sedimentation in the Lake from these points. Sections where the trail is too wide will be narrowed with new plantings along the side of the trail and sections where such plants as poison ivy make the trail too narrow will be removed so that two people can walk along the trail at one time.
Our last goal, which has already begun, is to keep all of the small social trails between the John Kieran Trail and the Putnam trail closed, as they impede on both plant and wildlife habitat and this area has accumulated high amounts of garbage due to its misuse. The work for some of these projects has been found through capital funding secured by Senator Jeffrey Klein and is in the planning stages. Our comprehensive plan and goals to update the John Kieran Trail will preserve this space we love while providing the chance for everyone to view the wonders along the trail.