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Old Town Center Trail Opens, Features Poetry

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CABOT – The public is invited for the grand opening of the Cabot Old Town Center Trail on Wednesday, May 29, at 3:30 p.m. at the Old Town Center trailhead, directly behind the Willey Building at 3084 Main Street.

What was once an informal trail leading from Cabot Village up to the Old Center of town is the newest trail to be added to the Cabot Trails Network. Cabot School was the lead collaborator in adding a poetry element to the trail.

Eight Cabot High School students wrote poems that create the poetry on the trail exhibit. Sixteen original poems will be displayed along the Old Town Center Trail. Students also constructed wooden stands to display the poetry.

“The poetry on the trail project blends creative writing and outdoor recreation to create a new way to experience Cabot’s outdoors through the eyes of local poets,” said Cabot Trails member Gary Gulka.

The grand opening agenda includes an informal presentation by the Cabot Trails Committee that will  include the historical significance of Cabot’s Old Center of town and an introduction to the poetry on the trail project by Cabot High School students.

Young local poets will lead community members on small group walks along the trail to experience the trail and poetry.

“The Poetry on the Trail Walk adds a new layer to enjoyment of Cabot Trails,” said Cabot Trails Chair Dana Glazier. “I’m excited because visitors and residents will not only experience our beautiful outdoors, but also a bit more of what makes our town special – collaborations like this.”

The Old Town Center Trail was made possible by a grant from the Vermont Department of Forest, Parks and Recreation. Grant funds have provided trail building equipment, volunteer training, parking improvements at trailheads and trail signage.

The Cabot Trails Network is composed of almost 12 miles of trails, mostly on private land, for Cabot residents and visitors.

The trailhead for the Old Town Center Trail is located behind the Willey Building and begins at the kiosk next to the playground. The trail is about one mile long and runs up to the Center of Town cemetery (established in 1799). Past the cemetery the trail continues a little further to where it meets Old Center Road.

For a trail map, visit cabotvt.us/trails-committee and for information, email [email protected]

Hardwick Gazette

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