, Gloucester, MA


April 12, 2013

Letter: State park status would protect Dogtown

To the editor:

The problem of maintaining trail signage in the Dogtown woods is well known to anyone who walks the trails.

There are volunteers who clean them and pick up the debris left behind by partiers and careless hikers and bikers, but repairing the work of the sign stealers is costly and, it would seem, nothing works.

Eagle Scout Alan Davis and his support team, knowing this, made a great effort to construct a vandal proof as well as informative trail marking system.

It was not easy for the sign stealers, but once again they pulled it off. What is worse —there are locals who support them, selfishly encouraging the vandalism.

The DPW does not have the resources to improve on the City’s policy of benevolent neglect of our woodlands, but public interest in Dogtown continues to grow.

Perhaps we should consider deeding it to the state for a managed park.



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