, Derry, New Hampshire


May 30, 2012

Derry Rail Trail plans grand opening

DERRY — Pinkerton Academy construction students are putting their personal mark on the Derry Rail Trail.

As trail officials get ready to celebrate the area's grand opening June 2, students are building a kiosk to mark specific parts of the trail that runs through downtown Derry and into Windham along old rail beds.

Last week, students put the finishing touches on the kiosk that will stand at the trail behind the old depot train station, now Sabatino's North restaurant.

The kiosk is designed to resemble another structure in Windham.

Several years ago, Derry's Rail Trail Alliance started the process of creating a trail system in town that would connect to other communities.

Derry's portion of the trail runs through town and connects Kendall Pond Road to Bowers Road. The newer portion now continues into Windham.

The local trail group joined forces with the Windham Rail Trail Alliance and the Salem Bike-Ped Committee, and applied for federal transportation enhancement funding.

The Town Council also approved $225,000 for the project.

Career and Technical Education instructor David Howes said his students were happy to help with the trail project.

"We're so excited," he said.

Student Stephanie Crepeau met with members of the trail group to present the school's proposal for the kiosk.

She emails photos and progress reports on the kiosk to the committee on a regular basis, Howes said.

Benson's Lumber donated materials for the kiosk and a protective covering to protect images on the kiosk was donated by Traynor Glass in Hampstead.

"Everybody loves the trail," Howes said. "We're all working together."

The grand opening celebration on June 2 begins with a ribbon-cutting at 11 a.m. on the trail behind the depot building, 1 West Broadway.

The Derry Farmers Market will be open that day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the same location.

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