Viva Fall River

Diman students, hiking group connect to improve Fall River’s Bioreserve

Apr 3, 2024 | Recreation / Outdoors

Dan Medeiros, The Herald News
Published April 2, 2024

FALL RIVER — On Blossom Road, in a 19th-century timber-frame wagon shed, a half-dozen kids from Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School were busy building bridges connecting Fall River’s past to its future. 

The carpentry students under instructor Jeff Cabral were building the frames for bog bridges — lengths of pressure-treated lumber that will be topped with planks and installed in the Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve to help hikers cross muddy trails.  

City forester Mike Labossiere said they’ll build about 600 feet of bridge. 

“We’re at a high water mark for how much Diman has been helping us out this year,” he said. 

These picnic tables were built by students of Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School, and placed off Blossom Road in Fall River. The materials were donated by the Appalachian Mountain Club's Southeastern Massachusetts chapter.
Colin Furze photo credit

Just outside the barn, at the Water Department’s Watuppa Reservation headquarters, sat two brand-new picnic tables, also built by Diman students. Another two are at a nearby parking lot that marks the start of a series of hiking trails.  

The materials for the tables were donated by the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Southeastern Massachusetts chapter, which is…