Warner Project News

Warner Story Walk

In the summer of 2018 Eagle Scout Alex Swanson approached the Pillsubry Free Library to ask if they would welcome a story walk starting at the library and extending along the rail trail from Depot St towards the covered bridge at Joppa Rd.  Alex rose to the challenge of working with the Library, the board of Jim Mitchell Park, and the board of the Friends of the Concord-Lake Sunapee Rail Trail so the project would be in just the right locations.  It opened to a large crowd of attendees of all ages on October 5th.

Matt Essenwine reading pages from his book Flashnight Light.

Matt Essenwine reading pages from his book Flashnight Light.

Story Walk Ribbon Cutting

Story Walk Ribbon Cutting L to R: Tim Blagden, Friends of CLSRT; Sue Mattot, Pillsbury Children’s Librarian; Alex Swanson, Eagle Scout; Matt Essenwine, Local Author

Image of some of the crowd and the trail.

NHDOT Surplus Land Requests

As the Friends of the Concord-Lake Sunapee Rail Trail looked at the potential route of the trail we noticed several pieces of land that were owned by NH Department of Transportation.  These had been acquired during various road building projects including the building of Route 103 and Insterstate 89.

Starting in the summer or fall of 2014 discussions started with NH Dept of Transportation, The Warner Town Administrator, and the Warner Conservation Commission to see if certain parcels could be declared surplus.  These parcels offered both significant conservation value as they were adjacent to the Warner River and they were of interest to FCLSRT because they either contained some old railroad grade or because they offered a potential practical alternative route or another benefit to the trail, such as space for parking.

One parcel, Warner Map 7 Lot 1, a 9 acre land locked parcel was declared surplus and the conservation commission moved forward to acquire.  But a closer look revealed the railroad grade, which is within the parcel boundary at the eastern end, drifts outside the parcel boundary.  As a result FCLSRT members along with the Warner Conservation Commission members met with representatives of both NHDOT and Federal Highway Administration to request a boundary adjustment of the Interstate 89 right of way.  As of December 2018 it appears the boundary of the interstate will be altered and the additional sliver of land will be declared surplus so it can ultimately come into possession by the town.  Current thinking is the Conservation Commission will purchase the 9 acre parcel and FCLSRT will purchase the sliver of land and give it to the town.

When parcel 7-1 and the sliver of land next to it are in town hands, FCLSRT will launch a project to extend the trail at Bagley up towards Exit 8.

Another request, initiated at about the same time, was for Map 16 Lot 24.  This parcel borders the Warner River at a spot with excellent rapids and fishing.  Old Route 103 runs right along the edge of the river on this parcel.  This parcel has been declared surplus and the Warner Conservation Commission will be moving forward with the purchase.  Restrictions coming with the property require it be open to the public.

136 East Main St

This town owned parcel contains railroad grade.  It is also of interest to Warner Parks & Recreation and to the Warner Village Water District.  The Warner Selectboard may ask the voters in town for some direction at the March 2019 Town Meeting.