Thompson Park ‘Friends’ open new trail

Thompson Park ‘Friends’ open new trail

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - A group of volunteers is working to give people more space to play at Thompson Park in Watertown.

About a dozen people with the ‘Friends of Thompson Park’ are making way for a new trail. They cleared brush Sunday as part of a series of volunteer work days.

The walking trail, spanning more than two thousand feet, will start from the Thompson Park Vortex sign by the Charles Hyde Exercise Trail and connect with the Olmstead Trail.

“What these trails do is provide access to parts of the park that really don’t get utilized very much.," said Ken Mix, chairman of Friends of Thompson Park.

"This park is 355 acres, but most of the activity occurs around the playground, and the splash pad, in that area there. So we’d like to get more utilization in some of the more remote areas of the park.”

The Friends of Thompson Park will continue cleaning up the trail on Sunday, July 7th from 1 to 4 PM. They plan to work on it until November.

Everyone is welcome to participate. The most useful tools to bring are lopping shears and pruning saws. If you come, park in the lot by the zoo entrance and then follow the Exercise Trail until you reach the “Area 51” sign.

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