DANVERS ROTARY CLUB
2006 CHOATE FARM RECREATION PROJECT
The Danvers Rotary Club recently began construction on a new recreation area at the Choate Farm Conservation property on Locust Street. Development of the area is a three-phase process including construction of a parking lot, and installation of signs, picnic tables and benches. The final step will be to upgrade the existing haphazard trails and develop new hiking trails. The trails will provide a hilltop view of the Putnamville Reservoir.
As her President’s project, Danvers Rotary Club President Becky Kilborn presented plans to the Danvers Board of Selectmen and the Danvers Conservation Commission to revitalize the area. In June 2006, the Selectmen endorsed the plan and thanked the Danvers Rotary Club for their “continued efforts to maintain Danvers’ reputation as a very special place to work and live”. The Conservation Commission approved the project with sincere thanks to the Danvers Rotary club for a “very generous gift”.
The Choate Farm Conservation area is a 22-acre site, which was purchased by the Town of Danvers for open space in 2001. It is a beautiful property with open grasslands and a large hilltop wooded area. A peach orchard was planted within the last few years with future plans for a peach festival at the property.
The Danvers Rotary Club saw the potential of the scenic conservation site as an excellent place for outdoor enjoyment in the town. The parking lot ground breaking was attended by Conservation Commission Chairman David Saunders, Town Manager Wayne Marquis, Danvers Rotary Endowment Chairman Ralph Ardiff, and Danvers Rotary Club President Becky Kilborn.