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Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust, Inc.
March 23, 2011

The Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust is an amazing organization because it succeeds in turning bold creative ideas into real accomplishments that benefit everyone who lives in or visits the City of Lowell. Here are just a few of its accomplishments that I've been privileged to enjoy personally over the years: It's development of the Concord River Greenway, which I can walk to in minutes; its commitment to regular cleanups along the Concord River and other green spaces in the city; its beautification work at parks in all city neighborhoods including Rogers Fort Hill Park where I volunteer; its "2000 Trees for 2000" campaign that planted well over 2000 trees throughout the city by the year 2000... and the Trust continues to plant trees; its outdoor environmental education programs for school children, adults, and families (I've enjoyed its White Water Rafting, Winter Tracking, Bird Watching, and Maple Sugaring events); its protection and preservation of land for much needed pocket parks in Lowell including Jollene Dubner Park near my neighborhood. The Trust has built extensive community partnerships and friendships over the years with all of Lowell's neighborhoods groups, numerous civic and non-profit organizations, schools, and City Government. It's this passion and commitment to community and wanting to make Lowell the best place to live that makes the Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust my favorite non-profit in this city!

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

... at Rogers Fort Hill Park where I volunteer. The Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust has been our greatest supporter over the years in our work to restore and improve the park. Specifically, the Trust has planted more than 30 trees at the park and organized an Arbor Day even; led educational programs at the park including an annual Maple Sugaring Workshop; and marshaled many volunteers over the years to help us with seasonal cleanups and beautification projects.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

...make it even bigger and give it more money! It's amazing how much its small staff accomplishes year in and year out.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Helped the trust at a cleanup along the Concord River; Helped plant trees donated by the Trust at Rogers Fort Hill park; helped at the Trust's annual Maple Sugaring workshop at Rogers Fort Hill Park; participated in its annual city-wide beautification day.