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BeavertonWoods 

Location: Off of West Center Street.

Area: 4 acres.

Gift of: The Richards family 2006.

Directions: Route 24 to exit 16 and East on Route 106.  About 2 miles ahead is the trail head on the right.  Across the street from the west Bridgewater Council on aging senior center.

Parking: There is no dedicated parking area for the site there is public parking located across the street at the senior center and Howard elementary school.  Additional parking is at the Town Park on River Street. 

History:  Al Richards was the former owner of the beaver nursery and Garden center in conjunction with a name this park contest in the local public schools the conservation commission chose a student suggestion Beaverton Woods is the name of this Parkland site. 

Resource Area Description:  Within this parcel is located two intermittent streams.  They are seasonal.  In addition, there is the shore of a seasonal pond.  In dry months of the year the seasonal pond becomes a wet meadow.  The vegetation is diverse and the wildlife is abundant if you stay in one place quietly for a short time.  Often you will see or hear a red-tailed hawk who uses this area as its habitat  

The Beaverton Woods Trail connects the Howard Elementary School, the Council on Aging Senior center, and the West Bridgewater Public Library to the Town River, the Bay Circuit Trail and War Memorial Park.

Beaverton Woods provides a level trail for bog bridges, through a mixed forest dominated by oak, maple, and white pine. The trail offers scenic views of adjacent farmland and leads to a small pond used as an outdoor classroom for local high school and university students. The trail also leads out to River Street, providing a beautiful vista of the Town River.  When standing at the entrance on River Street, you are standing on a portion of the Bay Circuit Trail that runs through West Bridgewater.

Planned Resource Area Improvements:  The area is a nice bit of open space considering it's in the center of the town.  A few benches are to be installed for bird watching and relaxation.  Benches at the seasonal pond and on the upper part of the site are planned for the future.  Construction of steps up and down for the foot bridge is also planned.  Trail signs along the paths and at the River Street entrance are planned too.