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GWLT Series: Bovenzi Park

It’s taken quite a bit of time to get this post up, and by now over a month later, there is most definitely snow on the trails. But all the more reason to get out the snowshoes and take a walk in the woods!

Bovenzi Park resides at the end of a cul-de-sac right off of I-190 on Sunrise Ave. That is the trailhead that we accessed the park from, but there is frontage elsewhere.


The park itself is quiet notwithstanding its location directly next to a major interstate highway. The trails are a bit tricky to navigate, but there are blazes to help guide the way. There are two major trails: the East-West and the North-South paths, with some random spur paths off to the side. We took both major paths and we found that the North-South was easier to follow and made for an enjoyable post-work jog through the woods.

There’s nothing quite like exploring the trails in your own city that you never knew about!

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GWLT Series: Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary

Earlier this year, I became a board member of the Greater Worcester Land Trust. As the youngest member on the board, this was a somewhat intimidating prospect at first, but I’ve slowly become accustomed to the position. It has been a rewarding experience that has opened my eyes to conservation and recreation in ways I never would have imagined. 

The GWLT is a non-profit conservation organization based in Worcester, Massachusetts that has helped to preserve myriad properties in and around the city. One such property is Broad Meadow Brook. Deemed “Your Sanctuary in the City,” it is a Massachusetts Audubon Society property, but the Land Trust holds a Conservation Restriction on the Property.

On a beautiful blue Christmas day, Lauren and I parked at the visitor center on Massasoit Road and began our jog through the pristine city wilderness. There wasn’t a drop of snow left on the ground sans a few icy patches here and there. We took the Holdredge Trail to the Frog Pond Trail and then cut over to the Sprague Trail up the hill and caught up with the Power Line Trail.

The Power Line Trail had perfect footing, so we opted to take it all the way to the Cardinal Trail, where we made a brief stop at the Quarry Overlook and then headed back down toward the Troiano Brookside Trail, which follows along the scenic Broad Meadow Brook on a nearly flat trail.

We followed the signs back toward the visitor’s center over the Lady Slipper Trail, with a run of just over 4 miles. It’s definitely a place I plan on coming back to and am grateful there is such a place located in the heart of the city.

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