Inspired by the great popularity of rail-trails all around
them, the people of Londonderry in southeast New Hampshire continue an
impressive volunteer-driven effort to build a rail-trail in their community.
Londonderry Trailways, a nonprofit group formed by local
residents, has spent the last few years raising money and support to connect
their community to a developing rail-trail project recycling the disused
corridor between nearby Salem and Lebanon, almost 100 miles to the northwest.
Last week the group made a very physical statement of their
support, cutting down and clearing about 2,000 feet of overgrowth on the
railroad corridor, work done by volunteers with chainsaws, shears and shovels.
As well as contributing volunteer labor to the project,
Londonderry Trailways has raised local funds to meet grant matching
requirements, and continues to raise money for future planning and construction
of what will soon be more than six miles of paved pathway through Londonderry. The nearby towns of Derry (left) and Windham have already developed segments of the corridor into paved trail, and as biking and walking grows in popularity in these areas Londonderry is keen to follow their lead.
The group is now offering supporters a unique opportunity to
take ownership of the trail's development, one foot at a time. For just $40,
people can adopt a one-foot section of the trail. The tax deductible donation
will help Londonderry Trailways leverage grant funding to provide a public
recreation and transportation facility to benefit the whole region.
For more information on Londonderry Trailways, visit
Photo of Londonderry Trailways volunteers working on the corridor courtesy derrynews.com
Photo of Derry Rail Trail courtesy Bike-Walk Alliance of New Hampshire
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