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June 20, 2013

Heritage Commission gives OK to trail plan

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The total paving cost will be funded in part by other fundraising and contributions raised by Londonderry Trailways members.

The section to be paved will begin at Sanborn Road and end at Symmes Drive. Paving that stretch will give people a chance to walk, run or use their bikes.

Once the new fiscal year funding is in place July 1, the paving can begin, Trailways supporters say.

There are many volunteers with various talents to thank for their work, Saur said. Residents with engineering backgrounds have been offering help with trail details including proper ways to install trail surface covering, etc.

This all saves the group money.

“We are very fortunate we have some great talent,” Saur said.

He said once the newest section of the trail gets done, the Trailways group will take control of the maintenance and upkeep as other surrounding towns do with their trail systems.

Londonderry’s network is part of a system of trails connecting towns from Salem to Windham, Derry and up to Concord. Trails also run into Massachusetts.

Volunteers continue to help clear sections of trails and prepare for future pavement. Last fall, trail volunteers did a major cleanup of the property, cutting down about 2,000 feet of overgrowth on railroad tracks from Mammoth Road to Little Cohas Brook.

An old section of rail tracks and ties pulled up along the town’s trails will be donated to the Londonderry Historical Museum and will be part of a new proposed exhibit at the Pillsbury Road Morrison House museum.

Having trails which link to the Town Common will enable people to picnic on the Commons and then enjoy a walk in the woods.

“Trailways expects this new trail to be well used,” Winslow said. “Because of the trail’s close proximity to the schools, it may also provide a safe place for cross-country and track athletes to train.”

Saur said the new Town Common portion of the trail will be good for that area of town.

“We hope to have it completed before Old Home Day,” he said.

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