Ice delaying opening of Flume walk
By JOHN KOZIOL
Union Leader Correspondent | May 14. 2014 8:56PM
Greg Keeler, director of marketing for Cannon Mountain and Franconia Notch State Park, stands on the Flume Gorge boardwalk Wednesday afternoon. Winter-time damage to the boardwalk and a piece of ice stubbornly clinging to the gorge wall has delayed the opening of the entire boardwalk by about two weeks. (JOHN KOZIOL/Union Leader Correspondent)
“We’re held captive here by the ice,” said Bill O’Connor, general manager of Franconia Notch State Park, in whose southern reaches the Flume Gorge is located. “You can look up the gorge, you can look down it, you just can’t walk through it at this time, but eventually you will.”
O’Connor said it will be the latest opening in his 30-year tenure. The boardwalk also suffered the most winter damaged he has seen in three decades.
Between the repairs and the last piece of ice, “we’re a good two to three weeks behind.”
The boardwalk is built like a boat dock, in 8-foot sections. Each section is individually numbered, said O’Connor, adding that as a precaution against ice damage, a 300-foot length is removed at the end of each season and reinstalled before the start of the next.