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June 7, 2012

Derry Rail Trail celebrates opening

DERRY — A rainy day still brought out some faithful trail lovers.

On June 2, members of the Derry Rail Trail Alliance held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the official grand opening of the path.

The trail now connects the downtown section along historic railroad beds of the old Manchester and Lawrence branch of the Boston and Maine railroad to a section of trail in Windham.

The Derry Rail Trail Alliance, formed in 2007 by area residents, has a seven-member board of directors who are dedicated to the rails-to-trails conservancy movement for the benefit of the Greater Derry community.

Local doctor John Daley, a member of the Derry Medical Center family practice, supports the trail and said it's a great spot for families and those who love to run, walk or bike.

"As an avid biker, runner and cross-country skier, I believe the rail trail offers limitless recreational opportunities for all ages," Daley said. "As a physician, I believe the rail trail will improve the health of the community, by encouraging more people to get out and walk or bike."

The trail includes a new pocket park behind Sabatino's North and also a new information kiosk built by Pinkerton Academy construction students to highlight the trail's features.

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