Mark your calendar! March 14 is Town & School voting day and among many items on the ballot you will find Article #26. This article is to complete the funding for Phase 4 of the Rail Trail. Total Phase 4 project cost is $219,000. We have received a generous $75,000 Matching Grant from the Samuel P Hunt Foundation which leaves $144,000 that we are asking for in this article. Phase 4 will cross Rt 28 near North School with a State of NH designated Pedestrian Crossing Beacon and continue on a quarter of a mile to the North Village area. Polls are open 7AM-8PM please come out to support your Rail Trail!
When: Sat Oct 15 at 10 AM
Where: Meet on the trail at Liberty Drive, just down the road from the Irving gas station.
What: Join Londonderry’s Conservation Commission for a guided walk to learn about natural things along the trail like plants, animals, water and a bit about the history of the trail. The walk will head east toward Derry, with a round trip maximum of 2 miles, although you can turn around and head back at any time.
Who: Open to the public, all our welcome! This is a family friendly outing.
When: Saturday, October 22nd at 9 AM to 11 AM
Where: 527 Mammoth Rd., next to Wallboard Supply, “The Cohas section”
What are we doing: Someone illegally dumped trash in one section of the Cohas after the April clean up, and just before the new gates were installed. We need to remove this trash with people and pick-up trucks. There is also a now dried up wet area where there are some old tires now visible that need to be removed.
Who: We need volunteers and pick-up trucks. You will get dirty, so bring gloves and wear work boots or hiking boots.
April 2016 brought us the final top coat of paving on phase 3, which extended the total trail length to just over 3 miles. April was also when a major trail clean up day was held on the future phase 4 & 5 sections. May brought us to the third annual Family Fun Day, with the biggest turn out yet. Visitors enjoyed music, free hot dogs, free yogurt from Stonyfield Yogurt and activities like “Rail Trail Eye Spy”. In July the official ribbon cutting of phase 3 was held to acknowledge and thank our sponsors: Kinder Morgan, Londonderry’s Conservation Commission and Angus Insurance. The Rail Trail has seen a big increase in users this summer, thank you to all our volunteers and supporters!
Paving on Phase 3 of the Londonderry Rail Trail began on October 3rd. This 1.44 mile section of trail was funded by a $100,000 donation from Londonderry’s Conservation Commission and a $300,000 donation from Kinder Morgan. This section of trail is expected to be completed and opened to the public by early Spring 2016. Updates to follow!
(Londonderry, NH) At a public ceremony Wednesday, July 15th at the trailhead for the Rail Trail at Liberty and Independence Drives, Londonderry Trailways announced full funding had been achieved for Phase 3 and development would begin later this fall. Trailways Chair, Bob Saur commenting on the new section of trail said, “This 1.4 mile section of trail will open beautiful wooded areas and picturesque waterways to the community. This trail extension will bring the total length of the trail to 3 miles.”
At the announcement ceremony Rail Trail Project Manager Bob Rimol and Vice President of Public Affairs for Kinder Morgan. Allen Fore used sledgehammers to drive in a ceremonial rail spike from the abandoned railway corridor to mark the beginning of a new form of construction on the corridor – a recreational trail. Kinder Morgan donated the remaining $300,000 needed to fund construction. The total cost of construction will approximately be $400,000. The trail should be completed by very late 2015, early 2016.
In making the donation, Allen Fore said, “As part of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline system, Kinder Morgan owns and operates approximately 10 miles of pipeline in the Town of Londonderry. The company is extremely grateful to be a part of this great Londonderry community project. Our company is committed to being a good corporate neighbor in every New Hampshire town we operate in and we are looking forward to the completion of Phase Three of this Rail Trail, knowing that it will be an asset to all Granite Staters who use it.”
Everyone’s invited to the free Rail Trail Celebration this Saturday, June 20 from 10am – 1pm! There will be music, food & fun for all ages, to celebrate the grand opeing of Phase 2 of the Rail Trail. Hot dogs provided by Londonderry Trailways, drinks provided by Coca Cola, and to top it off frozen yogurt provided by Stonyfield! There will also be a few interactive actives offered like a ”Points of Interest” search game, Segway rides and even yoga on the trail. Everything is free and the weather is expected to be beautiful, come join the fun.
The main meeting spot for activities on the trail will be at the Exit 5 Park & Ride facility where there is plenty of free parking in the long term and overflow parking lots. You can also park at North Elementary School on Sanborn Rd and walk/ride the 1 mile to the Exit 5 area.
Londonderry’s paved/competed Rail Trail now runs from North Elementary School, past the Exit 5 Park & Ride, under 93, past Poor Boys Restaurant to Liberty Drive!
Where can I park: North Elementary School, 19 Sanborn Rd, Londonderry, or Exit 5 Park & Ride, 4 Symmes Drive, Londonderry
How long is it: the paved/completed section is now 1.75 miles one way from North School to Liberty Drive, and 3.5 miles round trip.
Is it a loop: no it follows the old rail road corridor, it is an out and back straight stretch.
Can I go beyond the paved section: yes with the right gear – Phase 3 continues East beyond Liberty Drive towards Derry for another 1.5 miles. It is packed dirt and travelable with good walking/hiking shoes or a hybrid/mountain bike. You can not roller blade or road bike this Phase 3 section. Travel further East on the rail corridor beyond Rt 28 in the Seasons Lane area is not recommended, it is very rough and not maintained at this point.
What can I do to help: Fundraising for Phase 3 has now begun! 1) make a donation to support Phase 3 online or mail a check, 2) if you have employee matching gift at your company, utilize that to double your gift. 3) If you have a relationship with a local business, talk to them about supporting the rail trail.
Thanks for your support!!!