In the heart of Reisterstown lies a diamond in the rough, and RIA's Woodland Trails volunteers are reclaiming what will soon be a beautiful park and outdoor amenity for our entire community.
Trailblazing a path that has been neglected for far too long, we envision the Franklin Woodland Trails as a popular destination for family picnics and recreation, letting our children enjoy the great outdoors, a small creek and quaint bridges that help all of us get back to nature.
Only steps away from Main Street, this network of nature trails can transport us into a whole new world.
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Our town trail system began with a letter to the Board of Education in 1959 and then in the Fall of 1972 Kenneth Mays, Principal and Carroll Swam, 6th-grade teacher at Franklin Elementary School surveyed the land...
6th-grade students removed man-made debris and cleared some rough walking trails -- Chris Larkins remembers raking during school recess.
The faculty committee was organized with other community members and a forester was involved. The GOAL was to have outdoor classrooms AND community enjoyment and they understood that as Reisterstown changed and became more suburban there would be an even greater need to preserve places for children and adults alike to be close to nature.
Enter Jeanne Andrews, a certified Master Naturalist and Librarian who in 2018 had a vision, joined the board of Reisterstown Improvement Association and the work started. The gallery below shows our vision of what the Franklin Woodland Trail can become with continued community involvement and support. We still have a way to go... but, we can get there together.
Northwest Recycling true to their promise donated 20 yards of mulch that volunteers spread covering from the trail head by the bridge to the end of both forks as it reached the stream. Thanks to everyone.
A special clean up day was held filling a dumpster from Northwest Recycling ready to fill with wood debris was provide and the challenge was on ... can we fill it?? Volunteers tried very hard to meet that challenge.
Work continued throughout 2019 and 2020 to add more trail lines, clear more areas, start the children's area and prepare everything for a Spring 2021 Grand Opening. Come join the fun!