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August 21, 2013

Chamber forum will update rail trail efforts

DERRY — The Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the Government Connections Committee, will provide members and the local community with an informational update Aug. 27 on the Rail Trail project as it affects Windham, Derry and Londonderry.

The popular recreation trail in these communities is part of a statewide initiative, the Granite State Rail Trail, and will eventually provide opportunities for hiking, biking, running, walking and snowmobiling from the Massachusetts border to Concord.

The meeting starts at 8 a.m. at Halligan Tavern, 32 W. Broadway.

The presentation will explore the following: the history of the Manchester and Lawrence corridor; how the trails started economic opportunity for communities along the trail; use that supports health, recreation, alternative transportation; challenges facing rail trail development in New Hampshire; and plans for the Granite State Rail Trail.

The Windham Rail-Trail occupies a scenic stretch of abandoned rail between Range Road and Windham Road, about 4 miles to the northwest.

At Windham Road, the trail becomes the Derry Rail Trail and continues for nearly another 4 miles.

The Derry Rail Trail runs on the same former rail bed network on which the Rockingham Recreational Trail is built.

This section of trail, which extends from the Windham Rail Trail, begins 600 feet north of the restored Windham Depot. Near its midpoint, the trail passes over Bowers Road.

Last summer, Londonderry Trailways secured the rights to the abandoned Manchester-Lawrence railway corridor.

It is a 6.4-mile section of corridor that is being turned into a recreational path.

The Londonderry trail will eventually connect with the Derry and Windham rail trails.

A light breakfast will be served.

Members are free.

Tickets are $20 for the general public. RSVP by calling 432-8205.

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