LEAP develops gardens, trails with help of community


FARMINGTON — A community collaboration has helped LEAP develop its community gardens and fit trail system

LEAP is a local nonprofit organization whose mission is, in part, to help people live happier and healthier lives. Since 1980, LEAP has provided support to adults with cognitive disabilities.

More recently, as part of its wellness program, LEAP has developed community gardens and a fit trail system on its Farmington Falls Road property. A stewardship forest management plan and educational forest are in development, and there are dreams of a farmers’ market providing fresh fruits and vegetables and jobs for people of all abilities.

The projects, developed by volunteers and funded through grants, donations and fundraising, are open to the public. There are walking trails and a series of fit stations scattered along the trails where people can work out different muscle groups to create a whole-body workout.

The stations flow through the natural terrain of the forest and include the accessibility station, warm-up station, strength station, aerobic station and contemplation/cool-down station.

Executive Director Darryl Wood said, “People of all abilities should be encouraged to participate in their own wellness, and we are proud to have the accessibility station start the route.”

With Franklin Savings Bank and Hammond Lumber Company providing funding and raw materials, the stations were designed and constructed by the carpentry and construction students at Foster Tech.

For more information on LEAP, and to learn more about its mission and services,  visit www.leapcommunity.org.