Londonderry’s first paved mile of the rail trail was open this past weekend as the leading organization, Londonderry Trailways, cut the ribbon at the trailhead. Union Leader Correspondent April Guilmet covers the story.
Londonderry Rail Trail hits milestone
By APRIL GUILMET
Union Leader Correspondent
For the many supporters of the Londonderry Rail Trail project, the first mile began with some very eager steps Saturday afternoon.
The trail’s first completed mile opened with much fanfare during a ceremony held in the North Elementary School parking lot, which is the location of the Sanborn Road trailhead.
Dozens of residents, along with various state and town officials, braved the chilly temperatures to walk the maiden mile, with others perched on bicycles or walking their family dogs.
The first mile of completed rail trail, which was finished in mid-November, runs from Symmes Drive at Exit 5 to Sanborn Road.
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Londonderry Trailways invites the public to celebrate the opening of the first completed mile of Rail Trail on Saturday, November 30, 2013 at noon at the trailhead off Sanborn Road at the North Elementary School parking lot.
The celebration will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony and walk on the Rail Trail. Participating in the ceremony are: Londonderry Town Manager Kevin Smith, a representative from the State Department of Resources and Economic Development, State Senator Sharon Carson, Londonderry Commerce and Visitors Center, Rail Trail Project Manager, Bob Rimol and Londonderry Trailways Secretary, John Daley, MD.
The first mile of completed Rail Trail runs from Symmes Drive at Exit 5 to Sanborn Road. The construction project began September 9, 2013. The work, supervised by the Town’s Public Works and Engineering Director Janusz Czyzowski, was done by the Daniel T Ladd Construction Company of Loudon, New Hampshire. The project was completed as scheduled by mid November and came in on budget. The Rail Trail was funded by a Warrant Article passed at the March 12, 2013 election.
Bob Rimol, Project Manager, says, “I hope community members will come out on November 30th for the ribbon-cutting and a walk on the new trail. This is their trail and we want to thank everyone who made this possible, and to enjoy celebrating together!”
The event will be held rain or shine. For more information on the Rail Trail project and other trails in Londonderry please go to the Londonderry Trailways website.
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.
Londonderry Trailways is hosting a Rail Trail Clean-Up Day and is inviting all to lend a helping hand this Saturday, April 28, 2012! The cleanup effort will begin at 8 AM on the corner of Auburn Road and Independence Drive, located just across the street from Poor Boys Diner. The work will end at about 11 AM.
This year, volunteers will clean the northern section of the trail, from the diner to North Elementary School. This three-mile stretch will provide work for all skill levels and ages, from simple trash removal to fishing couches out of ponds.
Meeting Spot for Saturday's Rail Trail Cleanup
Those interested in volunteering should wear boots and gloves and bring bug spray and sunscreen. There are also some sections of the trail that are wet, so a few people with long boots or gators to remove trash are needed.
It is also requested that anyone with access to pickup trucks or trailers that can drive on the trail bring them. The trucks and trailers will be used to haul trash off the trails, as well as help with larger items including construction debris and tires. The trash will be placed at one location on Independence Drive so the Town can easily access it.
Volunteers can meet Londonderry Trailways on Independence Drive. To get there, take Rockingham Road to Liberty Drive where the new Irving Gas Station is located. Take the first left onto Independence Drive.
Volunteers will be clearing the Rail Trail, indicated by the blue line on the map.
Londonderry Trailways will be hosting a Rail Trail cleanup this weekend to remove any fallen trees and bushes from October’s early-season snow storm. The cleanup will be held on Saturday, November 19, 2011 and volunteers will meet in the parking lot of Poor Boys Restaurant near Exit 5 at 9 AM.
Anyone interested in helping should bring gloves, eye protection and plenty of water. There is also a need for chain saws, loppers, ropes, ladders and pick-up trucks. The work should take about two hours to complete.
The Rail Trail currently runs through the towns of Salem, Windham, Derry, Londonderry, and Manchester. Londonderry Trailways will be working on the portion that runs from Poor Boys alongside Liberty Drive south to Route 28 near Seasons Lane. The cleanup will be led by Bob Rimol. Learn more about Londonderry Trailways.
Looking to spend more time on the trails here in Londonderry? There are over 1,000 acres of open space and more than 30 miles of trails in town. Click here to learn more and view maps.