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June 20, 2013

Heritage Commission gives OK to trail plan

LONDONDERRY — The town’s trails are on a roll, thanks to more support from town boards and commissions.

The Heritage Commission was the latest group to offer support to Londonderry Trailways for a plan to create a new trail connecting the Town Common to the existing Northern Orchard Loop of the town’s six miles of trails.

This would provide a woodland connection from the Common to the 3.5-mile Adams Pond trail network.

The Heritage Commission gave its approval for the trail to be located in that historic area of town at its meeting June 13.

Trailways representative Bob Saur told commissioners the new trail would be a welcome addition to the town’s already established trail system.

People enjoying the Town Common for various reasons throughout the year could use this trail as part of their options for recreation and walking.

Donations and support for the work are already coming in, Saur said.

There will be trailside posts to provide information, including maps and trail use rules. The “Orchard Overlook” portion of the new trail will get upgrades, including new benches.

Local Boy Scouts are showing an interest in doing some Eagle Scout projects throughout the trail system.

Many people in town requested that certain trails be linked, including the new trail planned for the Town Common area.

“This is consistent with residents’ request for trails that connect to places,” Trailways supporter Pollyann Winslow said. “When the planning sessions were held to develop the new town Master Plan, there were consistent requests to provide walking paths that link places together. The Town Common Trail is in the heart of the community and links to the Adams Pond Trail and opens up the Town Forest.”

Voters gave the town’s trails a boost in March by approving a petitioned warrant article to spend $227,000 to support paving a portion of the town’s rail trail in North Londonderry, part of an overall project to bring a connected trail system to the region.

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