Hanson Pines walking tour scheduled for Sept. 6

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Hanson Pines, officially "Dominicus Hanson Park," is a 30.5 acre community-owned forest located adjacent to Spaulding High School. (Courtesy photo)

ROCHESTER - The Rochester Recreation Department is planning a walking tour through Hanson Pines so the public can learn about the park's Forest Management Plan.

Hanson Pines, officially "Dominicus Hanson Park", is a 30.5 acre community-owned forest that lies adjacent to Spaulding High School. 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 Sept. 6 at 5:30 p.m. (Rain Date: Sept 8) There is no cost to attend, however, registration is required. Click here to register.

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