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Beaver Meadow opens new snowshoe trail, skating pond

A red sign that reads “No Golf” stuck out of the snow at Beaver Meadow Golf Course yesterday, but other signs pointed visitors toward more winter-oriented activities now available on the snowy fairways.

Beaver Meadow’s traditional cross-country ski trails opened at the course with the beginning of the new year, and Concord Parks and Recreation Director David Gill said the city has added a snowshoe trail and a new skating pond this season.

“It’s really a winter destination this year,” Gill said.

The city council earmarked about $50,000 two years ago to combine two smaller ponds near the entrance to the course into one single pond, Gill said. The hope was to attract more visitors throughout the year, not just golfers during the warm summer months.

“Everybody’s used to skating at White Park, everybody’s used to playing hockey at White Park,” Gill said. Beaver Meadow’s skating pond “is new.”

The pond is not open for hockey and Beaver Meadow does not offer equipment to rent, but all of the course’s winter activities are free to use. Both the pond and the trails are open from dawn until dusk.

The nearby Beaver Meadow Bar & Grille is also open on the weekends for refreshments from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., golf course manager Sid Chase said.

And after this week’s winter storm, Chase said the season for cold-weather sports had really begun.

“We have snow, that’s true,” he said.

Sarah Roberts, 35, and Denise Archambault, 64, live just around the corner from the golf course. They were on the snowshoe trails yesterday morning under clear blue skies.

As they unstrapped their snowshoes at the end of the trail, the women said they had decided to take advantage of the sunny – and somewhat warmer – winter day.

“We woke up, and it was above (zero),” Roberts said.

The two enjoy snowshoeing at different parks across Concord, they said. But after their morning at Beaver Meadow, Archambault said she had a new favorite.

“Here,” she said.

(Megan Doyle can be reached at 369-3321 or mdoyle@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @megan_e_doyle.)

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