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July 3, 2014

Recreation guide could be completed soon

LONDONDERRY — The town’s comprehensive recreation guide is close to being complete, giving people a one-stop location for finding things to do on trails and conservation land.

The Conservation Commission heard details on the guide progress at a meeting June 23.

Bill Flynn, a landcape architect, has been working on the project that would provide a detailed online resource for anyone wanting to enjoy some outdoor hiking, boating or other recreational activities.

“People can go to the site, zone in to a certain area and find something specific to do,” Flynn said.

There will be photos of every conservation area and protected property, as well as details on parking and permitted uses for that particular area.

“There will be little bits of interest that will enhance your trip,” Flynn said.

The guide will also include downloadable maps that people can print off the site to take along when they explore the town’s open space and trails.

In January, the guide project stalled after town officials raised some concerns about how the work would be paid for and what Conservation Commission account was the proper source for the project funding.

Conservation officials then approved spending up to $18,400 to fund the recreational guide, with money being taken from an open space protection fund.

Information collected was studied to be part of the comprehensive guide that would also include trails, where hunting and other activities are allowed on town-owned properties and easements, and where town trails were located.

The final guide product could be completed by July 31, Flynn said. That timeline would afford the town time to study any projects in that conservation or open space area that might warrant being included in the capital project cycle.

The recreation guide idea came about as part of the town’s hopes of providing a more definitive stewardship and land program, while offering a one-stop spot for finding all the pertinent information someone might need to enjoy open space, conservation land and outdoor activities.

Flynn said the guide will offer a full spectrum of many areas of town available for outdoor enjoyment and will be easy to navigate through the online site.

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