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By Steve Waddicor | Agent in Fall River, MA
  • You never know what you’re going to see when walking along the Taunton River.

    Posted Under: General Area in Fall River, Parks & Recreation in Fall River, In My Neighborhood in Fall River  |  November 11, 2011 10:58 AM  |  480 views  |  No comments

    You never know what you’re going to see when walking along the Taunton River. I like to take walks most mornings and my favorite place to walk is the Fall River waterfront from Bicentennial Park at the foot of President Ave to the  Gates of the City plaza on Ponta Delgada Boulevard. I like this particular walk because there is always something different to see. For the past few weeks boaters have been taking their boats out of the water for the season at the State boat launch. It is interesting to see some pretty good size sailboats and cabin cruisers being hauled onto land on the back big trucks. Sometimes a tugboat will be pushing a barge of some sort up the Taunton River, or a coal tanker will be manuvering just south of the Braga Bridge getting ready to unload at the Brayton Point power plant. Some days there is nothing out of the ordinary, but maybe an egret or heron feeding along the shore, or a comorant diving under the water in search of a snack. I try to anticipate where it may surface again some  40 or 50 feet away from its starting point.  

     

    Fall River Line State Pier

    Today I was not sure what I was seeing as I approached the Fall River State Pier. A number of turcks pulling ENORMOUS  flatbed trailers with HUGE white “long things” were all around the area from Battleship Cove to the Gates of the City. Each flatbed was holding one massive structure which had to measure 15 feet high, and half the length of a football field long. I couldn’t imagine how anyone would be able to transport something so long away from the waterfront and down city streets.




     

    After gaulking at the site for a while I finished my walk and headed home. Fortunatly my the Fall River Herald News was waiting for me with an explanation of what I had just seen. Aparently the recently refurbished State Pier played host to a 450 foot vessel from China yesterday. Its cargo were the pieces of a 415 foot wind turbine being delivered this weekend to the Industrial Park. Apparently what I saw were the 150 foor blades of the turbine. Pretty impressive.

    Fall River Turbine blade

    Fall River Turbine blade

     

    For more about the Greater Fall River area, visit my website at  www.stevew-homes.com  or contact me directly at 508-558-8035.

  • Summer has hit the Greater Fall River area

    Posted Under: General Area in Fall River, Quality of Life in Fall River, Parks & Recreation in Fall River  |  July 19, 2011 12:57 PM  |  343 views  |  No comments

    Summer has hit the Greater Fall River area with heat and humidity, but don't worry there are plenty of places to cool off. Residents of Fall River and surrounding communities all have unequalled access to swimming, fishing, boating and long walks on the ocean.

    A short drive southeast of Fall River the most popular and by far the largest beach in the area is Horseneck State Beach. From Interstate Route 195 take an 11 mile drive down Route 88 and cross the bridge over the Westport River and enter a piece of heaven. According to the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation this nearly 2 mile long, almost 600 acre reservation is one of the most popular facilities in the Massachusetts State Forests and Parks system. The sandy beaches bordered by windswept dunes are just what you need to cool off and unwind. New nature conscious showering and changing facilities and concession are within steps of the parking lots and beach. Day and season passes are available.

    Gooseberry Island Westport Ma Catamarans   


    Just down the road, a bit further east is Gooseberry Island. Connected to the mainland by a causeway, you can walk the rocky beach perimeter of the 73 acre island and take in the views of the Elizabeth Islands and Buzzards Bay, or look to the west at the Horseneck shore and beyond to the mouth of the Westport River and Little Compton, R.I. Day or night, from sunrise to sunset you can beat the heat and enjoy spectacular views on the shores of Westport. Westport town residents can take advantage of Cherry & Webb Town beach and the East Beach on East Beach Road. (Parking requires a sticker available at the town hall).



    From Gooseberry Island you can follow the East Beach road, past the Westport Town Beach onto Horseneck Road for about 1 ½ miles then turn right on Old Horseneck Road. Follow this to the end to Barneys Joy Road and you will arrive at a hidden jewel in Dartmouth called Demarest Lloyd State Park.  Here an 1800 foot salt water beach at the end of the Slocum River estuary is a place of beauty and fun. Calm water for swimming abuts shady, grassy picnic areas and wildlife habitats.

     The "Bucket" Gulf Hill Dairy Dartmouth MA

    Also available in Dartmouth is Apponagansett Park at 77 Gulf Road. Here children can swim and splash at a calm, sandy beach overlooking the scenic harbor, or enjoy the playground and basketball courts just steps away. The beach, park and picnic areas are open to the public. Don't miss the great ice cream at the Oxford Creamery-Gulf Hill Dairy  "bucket" right here at the beach! 


    Located just across the bridge in Padanaram there is a public boat ramp into the harbor. You can also cool off and take in the scenery of the Paskamansett and Slocum Rivers. Canoes and kayaks can be launched at Paskamansett Park at 879 Russells Mills Road or Paskamansett Landing at 287 State Road., and Russells Mills Landing at 50 Horseneck Road. Paskamansett River Dartmouth MA


    All this and more is just waiting to be enjoyed by the residents of the greater Fall River area. So take advantage and cool off in the summer heat!


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    To learn more about the Greater Fall River area, visit my website at www.stevew-homes.com or contact me directly at 508-558-8035.

 
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