Open Space Committee

Thank you to the volunteers who helped us with trail work on November 13!

The Open Space Committee would like to thank the volunteers who showed up at the Innis Trail with their gloves, clippers and loppers in hand to help us cut back the invasive bittersweet and multiflora rose along the trail.  Trees that had fallen on the McLaren Trail were also cleared and the Cobblers Brook trail got some much needed trimming.

The Open Space Committee is an all volunteer group. We have many opportunities for volunteers to help us maintain our trails.  Read more about our Volunteer Opportunities. 

Send an email to: if you are interested in becoming a Friend of Merrimac's Trails!

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TF trail walk 1
Saturday, October 16 was a great day for a fall trail walk in Town Forest! Thank to ecologist Tim Simmons for leading the walk and sharing his expertise about the history and trees of Town Forest.

Become a Junior Ecologist!

Learn about tree and bird identification, beaver habitats, animal tracking and more as you explore Merrimac's trails. Complete and submit your Activity Journals to the Open Space Committee to earn levels and prizes. For more information and to download Activity Journals and trail maps click here


Meetings are currently being held in Sargents Hall on the last Tuesday of the month. Click on the agenda for the time of the meeting.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to Identify and help to preserve open space, recreational and trail opportunities in Merrimac. We work to increase public awareness of these open spaces to make good use of them for a wide range of activities such as, organized sports, hiking, biking, walking, birding and horseback riding.


  • Carrie Rennie, Chair
  • Lucy Abisalih, Vice Chair
  • Dawn Ackerman, Treasurer
  • Sandra Venner, Secretary
  • Susan Simmons

Contact Us

Open Space Committee
4 School St
Merrimac, MA 01860