LONDONDERRY — It’s happy trails in Londonderry.
Voters approved a citizen petitioned article last week to spend $227,000 to support paving one mile of the town’s rail trail in North Londonderry, part of an overall project to bring a connected trail system to the region.
The total amount of the paving costs will be funded in part by other fundraising and contributions raised by Londonderry Trailways members.
Trail supporters are thankful for the town’s support and ready to get started.
“We’re certainly heartened by the support the community has shown,” Pollyann Winslow said.
Winslow was one of several trail supporters to speak earlier this year in favor of the warrant article.
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.
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 and connect to New Hampshire.
The town’s six miles of trail would be an integral part of helping complete the network through the region. Paving the first one-mile stretch would give a boost to the project, supporters said.
Bob Rimol is a member of the Londonderry Trailways board of directors. He told town councilors earlier this year the community has been generous.
Volunteers have helped clear the 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.
Donations from private supporters and businesses are coming.
“We also received a state grant to do some grading work, to get the area shovel-ready for pavement,” Rimol told the Town Council.