Sun Shine: Friends of Newton Hill are friends to all Worcester residents

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Volunteers construct the final two platform boxes for the fitness circuit at Newton Hill.

Brittany Legasey / Friends of Newton Hill

Volunteers construct the final two platform boxes for the fitness circuit at Newton Hill.

It takes a keen eye to spot a gem when it’s not polished.

Rick Miller, a transplanted Vermonter who moved down the street from Newton Hill in the late 1990s, had that eye.

The city had stopped caring for Newton Hill around the 1920s, Miller said. “It was a completely wooded forest. All the original trails were overgrown. There was vandalism, homelessness…”

Walking the hill, though, Miller saw the potential. A little work — OK, a lot of work — could make Newton Hill a prized spot in Worcester.


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