Recreation Dept. to host educational walking tour of Hanson Pines on 9/6

Aug 29, 2023

The Rochester Recreation Department welcomes the public to join a walking tour through Hanson Pines to learn about the park’s Forest Management Plan.

Hanson Pines, officially “Dominicus Hanson Park”, is a 30.5± acre community-owned forest that lies just north of bustling downtown Rochester. The land was generously donated by Charles A.C. Hanson in 1915, in accordance with the wishes of his late father, Dominicus.

A century later, first-time visitors to the park encounter an unexpected scenic gem – trails that meander through groves of stately pine growing along the banks of the Cocheco River. The park’s oldest trees, established prior to the Civil War, are up to 180± years of age, soaring 125± feet in height, and measure 2 to 3 feet in girth.

The walking tour will take place on September 6th at 5:30 pm. (Rain Date: Sept 8th) There is no cost to attend, however, registration is required. Click here to register. The full forest management plan can be found here.

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