Londonderry Rail Trail hits milestone
By APRIL GUILMET
Union Leader Correspondent | December 01. 2013 10:07PM
Londonderry resident Reed Clark catches a ride on a golf cart driven by Town Councilor Jim Butler as they accompany Council Chairman John Farrell on a walk of the Londonderry Rail Trail's first mile during the trail's grand opening event Saturday afternoon. (APRIL GUILMET PHOTO)
The trail's first completed mile opened with much fanfare during a ceremony held in the North Elementary School parking lot, which is the location of the Sanborn Road trailhead.
The first mile of completed rail trail, which was finished in mid-November, runs from Symmes Drive at Exit 5 to Sanborn Road.
Londonderry Trailways president Bob Saur thanked local supporters for helping to make the project a reality.
"There's a lot of 'can-do' spirit in this town and in this case, citizens really rolled up their sleeves and got to work," Carson said, noting that she's hoping to work closely with state officials to ensure the project moves along more smoothly in the future as Trailways officials strive to complete more miles in the coming years,
"This just goes to show how important trails are to this community," he said.
According to John Daley, a local physician who serves on the Londonderry Trailways' Board of Directors, the transformed site of the former Manchester-Lawrence railway corridor represents various milestones for the community at large.
Once completed, Londonderry's 6.3-mile stretch of rail beds will connect Derry's eight-mile trail to Manchester.
"Trails enhance a community," Daley said, adding that his own children learned to ride their bikes on the nearby Windham Rail Trail.
Later, project supporters paused to honor the memory of Londonderry resident Mark Baldwin.
Baldwin, an avid trail runner, died unexpectedly this past February at age 53. Knowing his love of the outdoors, his surviving relatives suggested giving memorial donations to Londonderry Trailways to honor his memory.
Trailways member Bob Rimol said the organization's next goal is to pave an additional ¾-mile of trail in the coming year, stretching the Rail Trail further toward the Derry town line by the Route 28 Irving Gas station.
Rimol said he hopes to see that segment completed sometime in 2015.
For information, visit www.londonderrytrailways.org.