Londonderry trail system gets boost

COURTESY PHOTOAndy Mack Sr. takes a stroll recently along a segment of Londonderry trail near Nelson Fields. The existing quarter-mile section got some improvements including grading, drainage work and new stone dust.

LONDONDERRY — A segment of the town's trail system was improved as part of an effort to get upgrades done before winter sets in.

A community trail improvement project was completed at an existing quarter-mile trail running from the tennis courts near Nelson Fields behind Central Fire Station to the Kings neighborhood.

Trail work included professional grading, drainage work, brush removal, and laying packed stone dust.

Previously, that part of the trail had been washed out with rocks and tree roots causing some rutting of the path.

After the work, the trail is now smooth, flat and easily navigated by those taking walks, riding bikes or pushing strollers.

Trailways' Project Manager Bob Rimol said the upgrades helped support the community's ongoing hard work on its trail system, and particularly this portion needing some attention.

"I am pleased that the improvements preserved the existing trail," Rimol said.

Londonderry's trail work has a long history in town.

Back in 1999, the nonprofit group began working on various trails and spaces around town, gathering volunteer workers to help clean out wooded trails, hiking spaces and other lands where people enjoyed walking.

Volunteers started pulling major debris and items from along those rail trail locations — sofas, tires — and the mission to bring a connecting town-wide trail system took off.

After completing several phases, including the most recently celebrated Phase 4 officially ready this year, Trailways supporters are looking ahead.

Phase 5 is a 1.1-mile segment and is considered to be one of the most scenic of the trail's segment, crossing parts of the Cohas Marsh in North Londonderry, and begins not far from the Londonderry Senior Center. It ends at the perimeter of the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.

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