Neighbors’ access to Norton’s Woods, the grounds at the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, could return from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week by June 30, according to a letter sent Friday by the academy’s Pul Karoff. The letter in full:

June 10, 2010

Dear neighbor:

During March and again last weekend, we suffered, as did many of you, extensive damage to our property. We are now optimistic that, beginning the week of June 21, we will be able to address the most immediate problems caused by the rain and wind. If the work is completed on schedule, the Academy plans to reopen its gates from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week by June 30. At that time, members of the community, including their dogs, will once again be welcome on the property. Owners must keep their dogs on leash and remember to clean up after them.

Professional arborists have recommended that we remove a number of trees that are dead or dying due to flood-related root damage. Our plan is to remove the most precarious trees before the property is reopened. A portion of the lower woods will require additional work and will remain fenced off at this time. Please be aware that additional work may require intermittent closures. Signs will be posted in advance.

Since e-mail is an effective way to convey information in a timely manner, we would greatly appreciate it if you would add your e-mail address to our community mailing list at community@amacad.org.

We apologize again for the inconvenience these storm-related closures have caused. Thank you for your continuing patience as we work to ensure that the Norton’s Woods property is safe for the enjoyment of all visitors.

Sincerely,

American Academy of Arts and Sciences