April 23rd,
Shawsheen River Greenway, end of South St., Tewksbury Shawsheen River Greenway Dedication: AVIS, the Andover Village Improvement Society, and the Town of Andover Conservation Commission recently acquired two parcels of land at the end of South St. in Andover along the Shawsheen River. The AVIS parcel was previously owned by the Tisbert family and the Town of Andover parcel was a portion of the solar farm. These two parcels, added to the original AVIS land donated by the Sanborn family in 1959, create a singular reservation along the bank of the Shawsheen River of 50 acres. You will see a change now that motorized vehicles are no longer allowed on the land and a new pedestrian trail system has been installed.

The Shawsheen River Greenway Dedication will be on April 23, with a rain date of April 24. The schedule for the day will be as follows:

11:00 am Hike the new trail system led by Sanborn Reservation Wardens, Burt Batcheller and Bob Rauseo.

11:00 am Bring your own canoe or kayak to launch at the new river put-in.

12:00 pm Bring your own picnic lunch with desserts and drinks sponsored by My Marketing Solutions.

1:00 pm Dedication of the Greenway and Dedication of Meg’s trail. The trail will be named in memory of Margaret Batcheller, a long time volunteer for AVIS and the Andover Conservation Commission.

2:00 pm Hike the new Meg’s Trail led by Sanborn Reservation Wardens Burt Batcheller and Bob Rauseo.

For more information on this event contact AVIS Land Manager David Dargie 978-996-4475

Directions: Go west on Dascomb Road, take Shawsheen Street in Tewksbury, left turn onto Bridge Street, left turn onto South Street, and park in the field at the end of South Street. Watch for AVIS signs.

Town Manager Andrew Flanagan speaks to the assembled crowd about the importance of the collaboration between AVIS and the Conservation Commission on the creation of the Meg Batcheller trail through the Sanborn and Lightning Tree Reservations.


Sanborn Reservation Warden Burt Batcheller speaks to a group while hiking on Meg's Trail as part of the dedication ceremonies held on 4/23/16 for the expanded Sanborn Reservation.


Many of the group of over 120 attendees at the Dedication Ceremony gather for lunch and to hear speakers who emphasized the importance of collaborating to protect the waterfront along the Shawsheen River.