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Dover, MA – May 31, 2018 – As the busy summer season kicks off at Trustees parks, woodlands, farms, historic homesteads and gardens, and beaches around the state, the statewide nonprofit announces some important changes taking place at its Noanet Woodlands property in Dover.
Effective as of June 15, 2018, in line with many properties across the state, a parking kiosk will be installed near the Noanet Woodlands ranger station at the Powisset Street main entrance parking lot. The kiosk will be used to collect a $5/car parking fee. Trustees members park for free. Parking fees help support the statewide nonprofit’s mission to preserve and maintain community treasures for public use and enjoyment and offset expenses linked to ongoing stewardship and conservation needs at Noanet Woodlands. In addition, to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for all visitors, and to protect sensitive natural resources, visitors with dogs will be asked to keep their canine friends on-leash as of June 15, 2018 as well.
Noanet Woodlands is a family-friendly outdoor recreation site enjoyed year-round by area residents and visitors for multiple uses including walking and hiking, dog walking, horseback riding, trail biking, fishing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and birding. The property, which is open from sunrise to sunset is comprised of nearly 600 acres including a former historic mill site and 17 miles of trails, including one which leads to Noanet Peak offering spectacular views of Boston.
“We are so fortunate to be able to share Noanet Woodlands with the many visitors who come out year-round to enjoy this exceptional outdoor resource,” says D.A. Hayden, General Manager for The Trustees Charles River Valley management unit which includes 17 properties located in Dover, Sherborn, Medfield, Millis, Needham, Natick, Southborough, and Uxbridge. “As Noanet continues to be a beloved destination for friends and families, it is important for us to ensure a positive, safe experience for everyone while providing ongoing care and conservation of this special place.”
Parking kiosk details
Modeled after The Trustees parking program at Rocky Woods in Medfield and other locations around the state, the parking kiosk at Noanet Woodlands will collect parking fees to help pay for ongoing stewardship needs at Noanet Woodlands. Designed to be simple and brief, visitors follow a few easy prompts on the kiosk screen and print a permit to display on their windshields. Members enter their member number from their membership card, bypass the payment screen, enter a home zip code and print and display a free permit on their windshields to authorize their parking for the day. Nonmembers go through the same process with one additional step to complete the purchase of a daily parking pass for $5 before printing the permit. The kiosk accepts all major credit cards. Visitors may also choose to make a tax-deductible donation to The Trustees.
“Our parking kiosk program has been met with a very positive response over the past few years and visitor compliance has been excellent,” adds Mark Lindsay, Trustees Director of Visitor Experience. “We have been encouraged by all the visitors who have become members to support our nonprofit mission to preserve and protect open space.”
Free parking at Noanet and other properties is just one of many benefits of being a Trustees member.
Trustees members also receive first-hand news and invitations to special events and discounts on the following: programs and events; on-site shops and cafes; inns and campgrounds; beach and OSV permits. Membership is $50/year for an individual and $70/year for families. With 140,000 members statewide, membership is a critical source of support for The Trustees ongoing work.
Visitors can become Trustees members through the website, or at select properties, including the following in the Charles River Valley area: Noanet Woodlands and Powisset Farm in Dover; Rocky Woods in Medfield; and Chestnut Hill Farm in Southborough. Visit www.thetrustees.org/membership to learn more.
Noanet dog policy details
As a result of a statewide analysis of visitors to its properties, The Trustees will be asking visitors to leash their dogs at Noanet. Understanding dog walking is a wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends, The Trustees is also committed to prioritizing access and offering experiences for our more than 2 million visitors to all of our properties per year while also balancing important conservation goals for natural resource protection.
At Noanet where dogs have always been welcome, the need for an on-leash dog policy has been increasing over the years as the property continues to be a year-round recreation site serving hikers and walkers, as well as mountain bikers, equestrians, and bird and fishing enthusiasts.
“It’s so important to share our properties with everyone who enjoys the outdoors,” adds D.A. Hayden. “Noanet attracts people of all ages and interests. Keeping dogs on-leash will offer the best experience for all and help us to promote safety and greater protection of our fragile ecosystem.”
The Trustees strongly suggests the following general dog etiquette for property visitors with dogs:
* “Ask First!” – visitors with dogs are asked to please respect other visitors by first asking if they are comfortable with being approached by or having physical contact with their dog.
* “Dog Walkers Care” – visitors are asked to respect The Trustees mission by not allowing their dog to chase or harass other animals and wildlife.
* “Pick it Up” – visitors with dogs are asked to please help keep Trustees properties beautiful and clean by picking up and removing dog waste from the property or disposing of it in designated receptacles.
For specific dog policies at Trustees sites, visit the individual property page for more information at www.thetrustees.org.