Friday, April 11, 2014

Kick Off Event To Celebrate SNETT’s DCR Healthy Heart Trail

The Hockomock Area YMCA is proud to host a community event on Friday, April 25 for the Southern New England Trunkline Trail’s (SNETT) Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Healthy Heart Trail Kick Off.

Franklin Bellingham Rail Trail Committee

The SNETT is one of the longest trails in southern Massachusetts, covers approximately 22 miles in length, and is almost entirely owned by the DCR. The trail begins in the Franklin State Forest on the east and extends to the Douglas State Forest on the west, and passing through the towns of Douglas, Uxbridge, Millville, Blackstone, Bellingham, and Franklin.

Hockomock YMCA
Hockomock YMCA
The trail is designated for use by pedestrians, equestrians or non-motorized vehicles and is being enhanced to improve walkability and increased recreational opportunities. DCR has designated trails statewide as Healthy Heart Trails, denoted by a green heart sign. These trails are typically around 1.5 miles in length and require an easy to moderate activity level.

The event will begin at 9:00am at the Hockomock Area YMCA’s Bernon Family Branch located at 45 Forge Hill Road in Franklin. Town officials, Friends of the SNETT, DCR officials, Franklin/Bellingham Rail Trail Association, many community leaders, and residents will be attending.

All community members are invited to attend. At 10:00am, attendees are invited to board a bus to travel to the SNETT for guided walks provided by the Franklin/Bellingham Rail Trail Association and Friends of the SNETT as well as participate in nature games with Hockomock Area YMCA staff. The event will conclude with a picnic lunch on the trail.

If you have event questions, contact Marissa Garofano, Director of Community Wellness for the Hockomock YMCA and at 508-772-1322 or

Healthy Futures Franklin
Healthy Futures Franklin

About Healthy Futures Franklin, a Program of the Town of Franklin and the Hockomock Area YMCA Healthy Futures Franklin, a Mass in Motion initiative, works locally to increase opportunities for Franklin residents to eat better and move more in the places they live, learn, work, and play. Franklin is among 52 cities and towns throughout the Commonwealth that are part of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Mass in Motion Municipal Wellness and Leadership Program. Healthy Futures Franklin is working to support the implementation of Complete Street Policies, Safe Routes to School, Community Gardens, Safe Areas to Play and Be Active, and improving school nutrition initiatives that will make the healthy choice the easy choice for residents of Franklin. For more information on Healthy Futures Franklin, please visit

About The Hockomock Area YMCA The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities in the areas of youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. At the Y, strengthening community is its cause. Every day, the Y works side-by-side with its neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn and grow. For more information about the Hockomock Area YMCA, please visit

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