May 31, 2018 Joe Berkshire

Parsons Marsh: Construction Update

May 31, 2018

This summer BNRC will break ground on its first accessible trail building project at Parsons Marsh in Lenox. (Another BNRC property, the Old Mill Trail in Dalton and Hinsdale, has an accessible trail that was constructed by the Housatonic Valley Association.)

Community support for this conservation and public access project has been incredible! This is a cooperative trail project between Berkshire Natural Resources Council, the Town of Lenox through its Community Preservation Fund, and the Massachusetts Recreational Trails Program, the latter two allocating $235,000 and $75,000 respectively toward the project. BNRC, with you and fellow supporters, funded the design and permitting work to get the project “shovel ready.”

The accessible trail project is an intensive one! Due to the nature of the work, BNRC’s Parsons Marsh reserve will be closed for the duration of construction, from now until approximately the end of August. Please be patient as the professional trail construction crew, Peter S. Jensen & Associates, works their magic on the site.

We will host guided walks at various times during the summer when we can safely show you the progress that’s been made. Please call BNRC at 413-499-0596 or email Mackenzie at to let us know you’re interested in attending one of the walks, and we’ll be in touch when they are scheduled.


Soon the pond at the Parsons Marsh Reserve will be made accessible with a carefully graded footpath. It will be a lovely site to enjoy a picnic or lunch break.