GOLDENS BRIDGE, N.Y. – After a yearlong renovation, the Brownell Preserve and its 2 miles of cleared hiking trails is set to be reopened during a dedication ceremony on June 5.
Those wishing to attend the ceremony should meet at Fox Valley Park (off of Route 138 in Indian Hill) at 11 a.m.
A bus driven by Lewisboro Town Supervisor Peter Parsons will then transport the group to the preserve, where Lewisboro Town Councilman John Pappalardo is to perform the ribbon cutting, according to a statement
The wilderness preserve, which also is home to numerous water crossings and the maple syrup harvesting operations of Crown Maple Syrup, has undergone a substantial refurbishment funded by the Lewisboro Land Trust and a private donor. The town also has added a parking area to the preserve capable of holding six vehicles.
Naturalist Jim Nordgren is to lead a 90-minute hike of the preserve after the dedication ceremony. It is recommended that those who join the hike wear supportive shoes or boots.
Project Manager Mike Surdej is also expected to be on hand to answer any questions about the renovation process.
The Brownell Preserve, Lewisboro’s first, was donated to the town in 1984 by Katharine and George Brownell. For more information on the site and the dedication ceremony, visit the Lewisboro Land Trust online .