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MCS Ribbon-Cutting

Ribbon-Cutting for the Milt Frye Forest Nature Trail

Nestled within the lush surroundings of Marion Cross School, an update is creating a buzz among students, faculty, and the community alike. The recently opened ABA-compliant trail offers a picturesque pathway winding through the forest, providing access to all, regardless of mobility.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the trail was attended by parentsschool and SAU staff, along with our partners from the Upper Valley Trails Alliance.  All in attendance celebrated a project that took years of planning and hard work. The trail is not just an updated amenity; it's a symbol of inclusivity and accessibility.

school staff and Upper Valley Trails Alliance staff at the ribbon cutting

Designed to comply with the Federal Accessibility Standards for Outdoor Developed Areas in conjunction with the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA), the trail offers a safe and smooth journey for everyone. Its gentle slopes and sturdy surface make it mobility friendly, allowing all members of the community to enjoy the beauty of nature without limitations. 

Updating the trail was born out of a desire to create an environment where everyone feels welcome and included. We wanted to provide a space where everyone, regardless of physical ability, could enjoy the outdoors. This trail represents our commitment to inclusivity and diversity.

The benefits of the trail extend beyond the school grounds. It provides an opportunity for students to learn about accessibility and inclusivity firsthand. By interacting with the trail, students develop empathy and understanding, laying the foundation for a more inclusive society.

The project was made possible through collaboration between the school, the Town of Norwich (land owner), Jack & Dorothy Byrne Foundation Inc., and the Upper Valley Trails Alliance. It's heartwarming to see the community come together to make this project a reality. This trail will benefit generations to come.

The trail has already become a popular spot for students and community members alike. Whether it's a leisurely stroll, a nature walk, or an outdoor classroom, the trail offers something for everyone.

As we look to the future, the new ABA-compliant trail serves as a reminder of the power of community and the importance of inclusivity. It is a testament to what can be achieved when people come together with a shared vision. With the trail now open, Marion Cross School looks forward to welcoming everyone to enjoy the beauty of nature, regardless of their physical abilities. 


In the News at MCS, image of ribbon-cutting ceremony at the trail


ribbon cutting at MCS, staff and supporters
Principal Gonyaw with the ribbon-cutting attendees in the background