Over 40 donations came in to Concord-Lake Sunapee Rail Trail through the NH Gives program between 5pm Tuesday, June 8th and 5pm Wednesday, June 9th. Well timed donations generated an additional $1,670 in matching funds! Thanks for all your help!
To optimize your donations to CLSRT, donate up to $250 at the top of each hour starting at 5pm Tuesday, June 8th. You can get all the details for the hourly matching rules and other prizes for NH non-profits at https://www.nhgives.org/prizes
We raised over $5,000 towards the $14,000 we need to extend the finished surface of the Concord portion of the trail from Fisherville Road to beyond the driveway at the Barn at Bull Meadow.
Stevens Rail Trail – Warner Exit 7 Davisville to Hopkinton
In Warner, park to the right of the trail gate alongside Old Warner Road in Davisville. In Hopkinton, park to the right of the Hopkinton library by the kiosk and walk/ride along the back access road to the intersection of Spring Street and Krzyzaniak Lane. Cross the road here and you will see orange trail gate.
Bradford – Tilly Wheeler Trail and Lower Lake Todd
Warner story walk – Depot Street to Joppa Covered Bridge
Warner Rail Trail at Bagley Field in Warner, NH
Concord, NH Fisherville Road to Carter Hill Road
The parking area at 25 Fisherville Rd is now open. You will find parking for 7 vehicles, a bicycle fix station with pump, and a kiosk with trail information. A half mile of trail starting at the parking area has been completed with a fine stone dust surface. The remaining two miles can be biked or walked on the existing surface. Please note, as you reach the access drive for the Barn at Bull Meadow event center that road is now about 2 feet above the height of the grade. Immediately to the west of the drive is a puddle. Walk around it on the edge. We are raising funds now to improve the trail surface up to and past this location so the trail will gently rise up to the level of the drive on both sides.
In 2019 we were challenged to raise $50,000 that would be matched by a donor advised fund of the NH Charitable Foundation. Together we did it!
You Have Our Trust Fund of the NH Charitable Foundation has offered us a challenge grant where they will donate $50,000 to CLSRT if we can raise $50,000 from other sources by December 31, 2019.
Meeting that challenge enabled us to have the funds to complete finishing touches on the Stevens Rail Trail in Contoocook & Warner and complete the parking area and a half mile of trail in Concord that opened spring of 2020.
Thank you to everyone who got us over the top. Thank you also to You Have Our Trust for supporting the vision of the Concord-Lake Sunapee Rail Trail and challenging us to reach new heights.
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.
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.