Phase 6 of Londonderry’s Rail Trail has been funded! A large grant was awarded to the Town from federal funds and the citizen’s of Londonderry voted to provide the required 20% match. This section, known as the Airport segment, will run from Harvey Rd (current northern terminus) along the right side of the airport runway fence on the old rail corridor up to the Aviation Museum and continue on to the Manchester town line. Design & Engineering is expected to begin summer/fall of 2020 and will take several years to complete. Go to Rail Trail>What’s Ahead for more info.
Wow, another section of Londonderry’s Rail Trail was completed in October/November 2019. This is a very scenic section that follows the old rail corridor through the Little Cohas Marsh. Many Rail Trail fans made sure to check it out as soon as it was open in the late fall and even until the first snow. 2020 will be the first spring and summer this section is open. Londonderry’s Rail Trail is now 4.5 miles long, one-way! If you walk/ride the entire completed paved Londonderry Rail Trail and return to where you started that’s 9 miles round trip.
Back in May, londonderry Trailways hosted another successful free Family fun Day event at the North School Trail head. There was free hot dogs, yogurts, pizza & drinks thanks to the support of some amazing local businesses. There was also free games for the kids and music. We estimate about 300 people attended this year. Thank you to Stonyfield yogurt, Coca cola, Giovanni’s Pizza and 501 Pizza. Everything was delicious!
The trucks are on site and the construction of Phase 4 has begun! In March 2017 Londonderry citizens voted to support Phase 4 of the Rail Trail, which means the funds would be released July 2017 at the start of the Town’s next fiscal year. From April – Oct 2017 there was lots of behind the scenes activity going on that is necessary before construction ground breaking could occur. During this time Trailways was working hard to get final approvals from 2 State agencies, writing the detailed bid specs, following the Town process of going out to bid, and hiring a contractor. The long lead time item of the pedestrian crossing light was also ordered by the chosen contractor during this time. And now construction has begun. Phase 4 with the lighted crossing of Rt 28 is expected to be completed by Spring 2018, ready for the new warm weather season! THANK YOU for your continued support Londonderry!!
- Saturday, May 20, 10am – 1pm Family Fun Day on the Rail Trail. North School parking lot, free hot dogs, drinks & Stoneyfield frozen yogurt. Games & fun. The weather is supposed to be great ☀ and everything is FREE!
- Tuesday, May 23, 5 – 9pm we’re throwing a party of sorts, at La Carretta’s Londonderry. 20% of your entire bill 🍺 is being generously donated to the Rail Trail. Skip the cooking just come down and have dinner, pass the word around. Cinco de Rail Trail! Come one come all!
Mark you smart phone calendar now . . . you know you’ll forget! 🙂
Thanks to the many voters who supported the warrant article for the next Phase of the Rail Trail. Funds will be released ~July 1, but lots of prep work is going on before then. Its our hope that construction can begin this summer and be completed by fall. Stay tuned for more info.
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!