Former cranberry bog open for visitors in Manomet

Manomet has a new place to go for a walk.

A small parking area, and a smaller sign marking a trail, has been built at the former cranberry bog off Beaver Dam Road that Town Meeting purchased last fall.

At the moment, the improvements to the 127 acre property are limited to the parking area and the fact the public can now walk the cart path that circles the bog, but more ambitious plans are in the works, according to Environmental Affairs Director David Gould.

Dubbed “Tidmarsh West,” the bog was part of the almost-complete Tidmarsh Farms restoration project, currently the largest wetlands restoration project in the state.

The town has secured a $50,000 grant from the state to start restoring the bog to its natural state, Gould said. It’s also eligible for a federal grant worth $374,000 to use for that work.

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