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The improvements are designed to harden the trails from deterioration from storms. The glen has about 19 miles trails.

Adams Con Comm Approves Greylock Glen Trail Improvements

By Brian RhodesiBerkshires Staff
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ADAMS, Mass. — The Conservation Commission has approved improvements and fortifications for existing trails in the Greylock Glen.

The trail work, to be done by Pinnacle Trail Design, will make the trails stormwater resistant by fortifying them with gravel, stonework and other fixes. The project is funded by a $54,000 state Department of Conservation Recreation grant obtained by the Thunderbolt Ski Runners, who have worked with Pinnacle to create and maintain trails over the last several years.

"The weather has come, a lot more traffic has come. We've noticed some areas that could use more sustainability," said Josh Chittenden, representing the Thunderbolt Ski Runners at the commission's Thursday meeting. "And so, we looked at a grant and looked to Pinnacle for their expertise and to help fix some of these trails."

Chittenden noted that traffic on the trails has been high recently. Deanna Smith of Pinnacle Trail Design said they tried to look for the highest priority areas to improve.

"This year, obviously, it's been an exceptionally dry. But in previous years, some of these trails are perennially wet," she said. "They're very susceptible to run off and erosion just with regards to where some of them have been aligned and constructed."

Smith explained that specific fixes should vary from trail to trail, depending on what is needed.

"Some potential trail fixes for these areas include, but are not limited to, raising the tread and rock work," she said. "Low-impact sustainable trail design methodology. But nonetheless, it will hopefully fix up some of these trails so that they can be a little more robust and sustainable."



The board was supportive of the trail improvements. Commission Chair James Fassell said he thinks it is critical that the town maintain the trails at the glen.

"While they're having a recreation center being put at the foot of Greylock Glen, it is my opinion that this is what is going to bring people to the glen," he said. "People are going to use these trails."

The Greylock Glen has a total of 19 miles on 27 trails encompassing all ability levels. Most were put in by the state at a cost of about $3 million as part of the Phase 1 development of the glen and another two to three miles were added by the Ski Runners a couple years ago.

When asked about marketing the trails to residents and potential visitors, Smith said the proposed improvements should help bring people to them.

"One of the unique things about purposeful mountain bike trails is they kind of advocate for themselves," she said. "... I think just having positive feedback from riders and seeing trails that are purpose built for mountain biking and hiking that are sustainable goes a long way resonating with folks."

Commissioner Jeff Randal said he walked several of the trails to be improved. Only two of them, he said, fall under the commission's jurisdiction.

In other business, the board reorganized and unanimously voted to reinstate Fassell as chair. The group picked David Lipinski to be vice chair.

"I enjoy doing this, especially since we've gotten such a good board and such a full board now," Fassell said.


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Suspect in High-Speed Adams Chase Arrested

ADAMS, Mass. — A suspect test-driving a pickup truck who led police on a wild high-speed chase on Tuesday was arrested in Adams early Wednesday morning. 

The incident began at about 11:41 a.m. on Tuesday when an officer conducted a motor vehicle stop on Howland Avenue. During the stop, the operator was positively identified and was determined to have a suspended license. When ordered out of the vehicle, he fled, said police, leading law enforcement on a multijurisdictional pursuit toward the town of Florida.
 
A number of people posted about seeing the black pickup truck enter the Walmart parking lot; a video shows the driver surrounded by cruisers as they try to exit the parking lot at the light. Witnesses say the pickup backed into cruiser to get around the block. 
 
The driver headed up West Shaft Road and toward Florida with Adams and North Adams Police in pursuit. The pursuit was called off at the city line. 
 
The suspect was able to elude police but his vehicle was found abandoned in a remote location in the Savoy State Forest. It was later learned this vehicle was being test driven from a local auto dealer. With the assistance of the State Police Airwing, K9 Unit and drone unit, officers canvased the wilderness for the suspect but were unsuccessful.  
 
Officers received information at about 3:14 a.m. on Wednesday that the suspect was in the area of Glen Street. Police say he fled on foot as officers secured a perimeter.  
 
K9 Adam and his handler Sgt. Curtis Crane began an area search. K9 Adam was able to locate the suspect hiding in a back yard, but the suspect again ran — straight into officers on the perimeter who took him into custody. 
 
The suspect faces a litany of charges pending from the previous day's encounter as well as the early morning contact with officers. Additional charges are pending as well from North Adams Police Department and their involvement in the apprehension.
      
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