Let’s begin by saying something about Londonderry Trailways. Londonderry Trailways is a nonprofit volunteer organization that works to establish and maintain recreational trails in town. This is the organization that is responsible for the construction of the walking path connecting the Middle School to Moose Hill School. Last summer the organization secured the rights to the abandoned Manchester-Lawrence railway corridor for the Town. It is a 6.4 mile section of corridor that is being turned into a recreational path. The Londonderry trail will eventually connect with the Derry and Windham rail trails.
To make the trail accessible to everyone in town it needs to be paved. The flat surface will allow parents to push strollers and Seniors to walk with sure footing. No one will need to be concern for passing traffic. This recreational trail will be a four-season asset for the community where children will ride bicycles and friends and neighbors can take a walk.
Volunteers have cleared the trail and Trailways has paid for grading, and the engineering fees. Now it is time to pave a one-mile section of trail which will run from the North School parking lot to the Exit 5 Park and Ride parking lot. Unfortunately there are no federal or state monies available. Last spring citizens at the planning sessions for the Master Plan made it clear that they wanted safe walk able trails so Trailways put forth a warrant article to pave a one-mile section. The cost is $21 dollars for a $300,000 dollar home. That’s not a bad price when compared to a tank of gas to drive elsewhere for recreational fun. In other towns where a rail trail exists property values have increased.
The paving process could begin quite soon if the Warrant article passes. The rail trail needs your support on Tuesday, March 12th. A yes vote will give everyone in Town a new recreational asset.
Submitted by PollyAnn Winslow