“The Rail Trail is a great asset to the northern section of Londonderry,” said Gianni Verani, President of Berkshire Hathaway Verani Home Services, as he made a key donation to the Rail Trail on behalf of the realty company that he owns with his sister, Maggie Verani. “The Londonderry Rail Trail cannot be completed soon enough! From our office windows, which overlook the trail, we constantly see people walking, pushing strollers, and jogging on the Rail Trail even before it is completed,” added Gianni Verani.
Left to Right: Gianni Verani, President of Berkshire Hathway Home Services and Bob Rimol, Chair of Londonderry Rail Trail Committee. Photo courtesy of Londonderry Trailways.
Londonderry Rail Trail Committee Chair, Bob Rimol, in accepting the check said, “This donation comes at a critical time. This money will make it possible, with the addition of a few more donations, to complete Phase 2 of the Rail Trail this fall.” Phase 2 will open a new 3/4 mile section of trail which will run from the Park and Ride parking lot at Exit 5 to the intersection of Liberty and Independence Drives, ending behind the Irving Gas Station on Route 28. The trail goes beneath I-93 and runs a long side the Verani office building where there is a a picturesque pond. The Phase 2 extension to the trail connects with the completed section of trail which runs from the North Elementary School parking lot to Symmes Drive at Exit 5.
Donating to the Rail Trail is a good fit for the Veranis because their company and their family have deep ties to the community and conservation in Londonderry. Gianni’s father, Osvaldo Verani, worked to help preserve the Musquash area as a conservation area and his mother, Patricia Verani — a nationally-acclaimed artist, who sculpted the statute of Johnny Appleseed which stands in front of the Leach Library, the soldier figure on the Revolutionary War statue located on the Town Commons, and the statue of St. Bridget at St. Mark’s Church. She also designed the commemorative coin for the 250th anniversary of the settling of the community of Nutfield.
As soon as Phase 2 is completed, the Rail Trail Committee has its sights set on construction of Phase 3, a 1.4 mile segment continuing from Liberty Drive through the scenic Peat Bog section to Route 28/Seasons Lane.
Londonderry Trailways reports that construction on a three-quarter mile extension to the Londonderry Rail Trail is progressing on schedule. The Londonderry Rail Trail is a paved recreational trail being constructed on the site of the abandoned Manchester-Lawrence railway corridor. When completed, the trail will be 6.4 miles long and connect to the Derry and Windham Rail Trail to the south and the Manchester Rail Trail to the north.
The first completed mile of the Londonderry Rail Trail, which runs from the Londonderry North School parking lot to the Park and Ride at Exit 5, officially opened on November 20, 2013. According to Rail Trail committee member, Sandra Lagueux, “Phase 1, the first paved mile section, has been used extensively this spring and summer by walkers, runners, and bicyclists. We are anxious to extend the trail.”
Construction is now under way on Phase 2 to extend the Londonderry Rail Trail by three-quarters of a mile. Phase 2 will run from the Exit 5 Park and Ride parking lot to the Irving gas station on Route 28. The trail will pass beneath Interstate 93 and run behind the Poor Boy’s restaurant.
Severino Trucking Co, Inc, a trucking and road construction company from Candia, New Hampshire, is currently working for the Department of Transportation on the Exit 5 interstate expansion project. Londonderry Trailways contracted with Severino Truckling to grade and lay gravel on the Rail Trail. That work will be completed this week. Rail Trail Project Manager, Bob Rimol said, “Severino Trucking has done a great job preparing the trail for paving and has completed the work within budget.” Rimol further reports that engineering plans for Phase 2 will be completed later this month.
Londonderry Trailways plans to pave the Phase 2 section in late September or early October, funds permitting. The total amount budgeted for this segment was $90,000. To complete this section $17,000 needs to be raised. More information about the Londonderry Rail Trail is available on the Londonderry Trailways website or visit the Londonderry Trailways booth at Old Home Days on Saturday, August 16th on the Town Commons.
It’s been a long winter. Get outside and welcome spring and enjoy Londonderry’s first mile of completed rail trail. On Saturday, May 3rd there will be Rail Trail celebration with family-fun activities on the trail from 10 am to 2 pm. A major access point for the trail is the Londonderry North Elementary School parking lot off of Sanborn Road. In the school parking lot there will be a hot dog stand, music and the occasional sound of an antique train whistle. Also added, Segway rides!
Find your walking shoes, inflate the tires on your bicycle, grab a scooter, baby stroller, or a walking stick and come enjoy a walk in the woods on a flat, paved surface away from motorized traffic. The first mile of trail was officially opened on November 20th, only to be covered by snow, until recently. This is a community trail. Volunteers cleared the trail and residents passed a warrant article on March 12, 2013 to fund the paving. Get out and enjoy the trail and celebrate the arrival of spring May 3rd. The trail may also be accessed off of Symmes Drive near the Exit 5 Park and Ride. April school vacation is a great time to get out and use the Rail Trail!
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.