Two railcar wheel-based benches have been set alongside the trail in the Lake Todd area. Wheels from the Conway Scenic Railroad were media blasted by Jeremiah Johnson from Bear Blasting and painted by Fred Nystrom and Andrew Blagden. Seat brackets were welded by Jason Allen at Merrimack County Customs, who then delivered the bench frames to the site with an escort from the Bradford police department. CLSRT board members provided materials and did the final assembly June 5th.
The bench closest to the bridge will be dedicated as a memorial to Robert Saturley, whose friends and family contributed generous donations for this portion of the trail.
We expect the trail surface to be installed in this area over the next couple weeks.
Bike repair stations are springing up along the Concord-Lake Sunapee Rail Trail. CLSRT nearly doubled the number of repair stations in the state of NH by aquiring 5 of the self-contained fixit stands. Each solid bike stand has a variety of built in tools and QR code stamp to access instructions on fixing the most common issues with bicycles.
It’s the perfect time of the season for a snowshoe, ski or walk along the river in Warner while reading the recently released “Good Morning, Snowplow” picture book by local author Deborah Bruss. The vivid illustrations and rhythmic verse are a colorful addition to the beauty of the snow-covered trail.
The improved trail from exit 7 in Davisville now connects to the end of the Stevens Rail Trail, providing 2 miles of uninterrupted winter riding or skiing. Due to early snows, the trail is set for winter use, but the surface will need to be modified and final hard pack applied after the spring thaw.
Over several weekends, a crew of volunteers from the Lake Sunapee Snowmobile Club, Rural Heritage Connection of Bradford, and CLSRT built a pedestrian bridge over Lake Todd to increase safety and provide walking options from the Tilly Wheeler trail to the Appleseed Restaurant in Bradford. The bridge will be dedicated in Memory of Robert Saturley.
Friends of the Concord-Lake Sunapee Rail Trail will be at the Warner Fall Foliage Festival Oct 6-7 2018. Our booth will be on Schoodacs Coffee & Tea’s front lawn, right in the middle of the action. Come learn about the trail and the many ways you can help this trail grow. Soon you will be able to walk on new sections in Bradford and Contoocook. We are working to bring over two miles of trail to Concord in 2019 along with additional projects.
Friends of the Concord-Lake Sunapee Rail Trail was awarded an RTP grant by the NH Bureau of Trails to improve the surface of the Stevens Rail Trail in Hopkinton and create a smooth stonedust multiuse path from the end of the Stevens Rail Trail to route 103 in Warner by exit 7. In some places the trail held up well, but decades of deferred maintenance of the old drainage ditches have made a mess in other places. Look for improvements to the trail to start happening this fall with the whole 2 mile project complete before the snow flies.
Additionally we are excited to start working on our first section of trail in Bradford. Friends of the Concord Lake Sunapee Rail Trail partnered with the Lake Sunapee Snowmobile Club and the Rural Heritage Connection of Bradford to create this extension of the Tilley Wheeler Trail including a new bridge parallel to the rt 103 crossing over Lake Todd. Steel for the bridge arrived in early October and should be placed soon. The bridge will then be decked and the trail built from High St to the bridge on one end and from Church St to the bridge on the other.
The NH Bureau of Trails included two sections of the Concord-Lake Sunapee Rail Trail in its list of 2018 Recreational Trails Program grants. This is the first opportunity we have to show widespread community support for the trail in Bradford and to say a public thank you for their funding. We sincerely hope you will take a few minutes of your evening to show your support of the trail. Just showing up makes a statement. The meeting is at the Bradford Community Center, 134 East Main St, Bradford at 5:30 PM.
The Bradford Project
Topo map showing High St to W Main St project in Bradford.
The Lake Sunapee Snowmobile Club is the lead applicant on this grant. Friends of the Concord-Lake Sunapee Rail Trail and the Rural Heritage Connection of Bradford are the other two non-profits partnering on this project. The three organizations are sharing costs equally. The project is 3/4 of a mile long and makes a substantial safety improvement year round by providing a safe and pleasant way to walk or bike around lower Lake Todd. It also improves drainage and the trail surface along the Tilly Wheeler trail. And its visible. We have found there is nothing to match the enthusiasm that is generated by providing residents with a section of trail to walk on.
The Contoocook/Warner Project
We also have the opportunity to thank the Bureau of Trails for providing funding for a 2 mile project stretching from Spring St in Contoocook to Route 103 in the Davisville section of Warner by Exit 7 of I-89. Most of the 1.5 miles in Contoocook is in okay shape. But there are two wet sections and the Warner section of the trail is very rough. The project will improve drainage and the surface in Contoocook and create a smooth stable trail in Warner suitable for year round use. Friends of the Concord-Lake Sunapee Rail Trail was the sole applicant on this grant. But we did have support from the Contoocook Snowmads and the Kearsarge Trail Snails as this entire section is already part of the snowmobile network during the winter months.
Your Presence Matters
We spend years getting projects ready to go. The Bradford project has been in the works since 2013. 14 meetings at least in front of town boards. Countless hours preparing project details and raising money. Thank you for your help thus far. But this is our ask. Give us 30 minutes of time this evening at the Bradford Community Center on 134 East Main St in Bradford. Bring all the members of your home who would use the trail. (Infants to great-grandparents and everyone in between would qualify here.) Its free. Its quick. And this makes a lasting impact.