---- — LONDONDERRY — The town’s trail system got a financial boost from a local medical group.
The Derry Medical Center Charitable Foundation presented a check for $5,000 to Londonderry Trailways to be used for the completion of a 6.4-mile section of abandoned rail corridor. The work will include paving and other improvements.
The multi-use trail will then be ready to be used for activities including walking, biking and other non-motorized uses.
“Supporting construction of the Londonderry rail trail is a natural tie-in to the healthy lifestyles we advocate for our patients,” Dr. John Daley of Derry Medical Center said.
Daley is also a Trailways board member.
“Riding bikes on the weekends with your kids is a perfect ativity for family fun, that is also great exercise,” he said.
Since the group was founded in 1999, Londonderry Trailways has advocated for trails around Londonderry. In 2013, a one-mile section of trail was paved and completed.
The 10-foot wide trail runs from North School on Sanborn Road to the Exit 5 park-and-ride lot at Symmes Drive.
The group’s goal this year is to complete another three-quarter-mile section of the trail from Symmes Drive to Liberty Drive.
After that section is finished, the trail will connect to the Derry portion of the rail trail in the south and the Manchester trail system to the north.
The current phase may cost an estimated $165,000. Funding will come from town support, grants, and other corporate and private donations.
Trailways project manager Bob Rimol hopes more people and businesses choose to support the trail system.
“We are very grateful to Derry Medical Center Charitable Foundation for its generous contribution,” Rimol said. “Cyclists, walkers and families are already enjoying the completed sections of the trail, and we hope the gift from Derry Medical will encourage many other donations from local companies and citizens.”
To learn more about Londonderry Trailways or how to donate, visit londonderrytrails.org.