By Julie Huss
---- — LONDONDERRY — Community support continues to help pave the way for the town’s trails.
After voters approved a citizens petition to spend $227,000 to help support the paving of a section of the town’s trails in North Londonderry, support and financial help keeps coming.
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 25 miles of existing trails. It’s 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.
Londonderry Trailways president Bob Saur said work has begun to tear up some of the historic railroad tracks and ties on a portion of the trail in north Londonderry.
That work is being done by crews from the Iron Horse Preservation Society of Stoneham, Mass., working to help communities convert old railroad beds and track areas into trail systems.
Saur said they will salvage a portion of the materials that could potentially be a new exhibit at the Londonderry Historical Society space on Pillsbury Road.
“The historical society will get a portion of the rail and original ties,” Saur said.
The trail group also received a $6,383 recreational trails grant that would be matched with another $3,567 in funding to rejuvenate trails closer to the town center.
“The state grant will enable Trailways to respond to the public’s request for walkable trails connecting the town center sites with existing neighborhoods,” Saur said.
The money will be used to put a crushed stone surface on some of the trails that are well used by residents and visitors.
“Residents will benefit from these cost-effective improvements, which will make these trails more accessible with a graded gravel surface,” he said.
Volunteers have worked to clear portions of the trail system. Volunteers are always welcome to get involved.
The rail trail cleanup day is set for May 4, with other volunteer days scheduled for May 11, June 1 and June 22. Visit londonderrytrails.org for details.