Londonderry to Receive Paved Trail thanks to Grant

Aug 28, 2013 No Comments by

Londonderry Trailways is pleased to announce it has been selected by The New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development, Parks and Recreation Division for a $100,000 matching funds grant for the Rail Trail Peat Bog section. The Rail Trail is being built on the abandoned Manchester-Lawrence railway corridor. When all sections are completed it will be a 6.4 mile multi-use, four season greenway which can be used for walking, biking, cross country skiing and other activities appropriate for a ten foot linear paved surface.

The Land and Water Conservation grant is funded by the National Parks Services, and the monies will be used to help pave Section 3 of the Rail Trail. Section 3, a 1.4 mile parcel of the Rail Trail which begins at Liberty Drive, (just east of Exit 5), and the Londonderry/Derry townline at Seasons Lane. Phase 1 of the Rail Trail runs from the Exit 5 Park and Ride parking lot to North Elementary School will be paved by November 15 and is funded by the Town Warrant Article and individual and corporate donations. Section 2 will run from the Park and Ride to Liberty Drive.

Trailways Project Director. Bob Rimol, was pleased that the State selected the Londonderry Rail Trail in a highly competitive process. Rimol noted, “ Opening the Peat Bog Section of the trail will not only provide access to beautiful wooded areas but will also provide access to pristine waterways.” For three years Trailways volunteers have been cleaning up the wetland area in the Peat Bog Section. Rimol added, “Opening this section brings the Londonderry trail closer to connecting to the Derry and Windham trails.” The Rail Trail system will eventually connect towns, neighborhoods and will become part of the 150 mile Granite State Rail Trail which will run from Lebanon, NH near the Vermont border to Salem at the Massachusetts border.

Trailways has three years in which to comply with the provisions of the grant. Trailways must raise matching funds. Anyone interested in supporting the Rail Trail may donate online or find more information at www.londonderrytrailways.org . Checks may be mailed to Londonderry Trailways at P.O. Box 389 Londonderry, NH 03053.

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