Cross Country & Nature Trail
History of the Course
The MDRC, in collaboration with the Moorestown School District and other community organizations, led an effort to put in a Cross Country & Nature Trail around the Moorestown High School fields and woods. This has given the Boys and Girls Cross Country teams a home course for the first time in over a dozen years. It also provides a nicely maintained path for high school and middle school athletes from all sports to run on. And it is a resource the whole community can take advantage of for running and walking!
The first step was put in place in October, 2006 with a wood chip trail around the new fields on Bridgeboro and Westfield Roads. This was completed by the generous donation of time, material and equipment from Leonberg Nurseries, along with funds from MDRC and over 50 volunteers from the Cross Country teams. This effort was acknowledged by the Moorestown School District.
The second phase was completed in 2007, providing a wood chip trail behind the Stadium and around the back fields. These are low lying areas that are soggy much of the year and now can be used year-round for walking and running.
The final step was a proposal by the School District to have a trail through the wooded sections around the school property. Since this trail would go thru wetlands, we finally got approval by the State Department of Environmental Protection after 2 years of review (yes, two whole years!).
At the 2006 Turkey Trot, the Moorestown Cross Country teams raised over $7,000 for the Nature Trailt as well as support for their team expenses. In addition, Harvey Howard of Family Fun Day and their Platinum Sponsors RBC Dain Rauscher and Long & Foster Real Estate presented a matching gift of $5,000 for helping to build the Nature Trail. The Moorestown Alumni Association also gave a $3,000 double-matching gift.
The Moorestown Newsweekly printed the following article in October, 2006: