DERRY — The local trail system continues to connect the community, not only with paved paths, but in uniting supporters.
The Derry Rail Trail Alliance recently received a financial boost from Enterprise Bank, which presented the trail organization with $1,350 as part of a community outreach effort.
Enterprise's Derry branch chose to support the local rail trail with a paperless e-Statement initiative, collecting $10 from each client who moved to paperless banking.
Enterprise representatives joined town and trail officials for a check presentation June 2 at the site of the newest paved portion of the trail, along the repaired Hood Dam near Hood Park.
"The idea that Enterprise Bank had selected our nonprofit organization for their promotion was fitting since our mission at DRTA focuses on connecting people to the environment," said Rail Trail Alliance president Mark Connors. "And the Enterprise Bank push to move folks to more environmentally friendly e-Statements from paper seemed to tie in nicely."
Since the trail organization's founding back in 2007, the group's mission has been to see the entire rail trail system in the area connected — from Salem and Windham, through Derry and connecting to Londonderry.
With the newest paved portion of Derry's trail in place, the larger goal is closer to reality.
In Londonderry, that community's trail system is focused on phase six, which will extend the paved trail up to points near the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire, near the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport and on to the Manchester town line.
Another piece of the puzzle is the Exit 4A project, which would impact the future Derry-Londonderry connection.
There is an approximate one-mile, privately-owned section that would be needed to complete the connection to Londonderry.
Connors said he is happy with the support from community businesses and partners like Enterprise Bank.
"The entire board of directors thanks Enterprise Bank, Doreen, Tom, Tara and all the employees and customers of the bank who made this donation possible," Connors said. "The rail trail is a community resource and we are so happy to see more and more local businesses 'climbing on board' as we move closer and closer to completing the rail trail in Derry."
Derry's trail system will celebrate its newest paved portion in an official ribbon-cutting ceremony June 15 at 5:15 p.m. at the trail at Hood Park.