Rail trail takes center stage on Fun Day in Londonderry | New Hampshire
Londonderry Rail Trails is having a Family Fun Day Saturday, June 20, to celebrate the completion of its second phase: a scenic three-quarter mile stretch from the exit five park and ride to Liberty Drive.
The second section of the trail was actually completed at the end of May and a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held for the town hall and businesses that helped make the addition possible. Pollyann Winslow, who helps with community outreach for Londonderry Rail Trails, said Family Fun Day is to educate the community about the trail.
“That’s what this day is about,” said Winslow. “We have a trail, it’s here, come explore with us.”
The central point of Saturday’s event will be at the park and ride parking lot off Interstate 93 exit 5. There will be free Coca-Cola and water, free hot dogs, and the Stonyfield Yogurt Truck will be passing out free frozen yogurt.
There will also be musical performances and a free yoga class at 10:30 a.m. If you don’t have a yoga mat, no worries, they have extras.
The conservation commission is hosting a nature-themed “seek-and-find,” similar to a scavenger hunt where participants check off the plants and trees they see along the trail. If you return with a completely checked-off list you get a prize, a container of trail mix.
“It’s an educational place and a recreational place,” said Winslow about the rail trail.
Family Fun Day begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. but the rail trail is open all day, every day, all year round.
The current trail is 1.75-miles long. It begins at the North School Elementary parking lot, crosses Symmes Drive, goes underneath Interstate 93, travels behind Berkshire Hathaway Verani Real Estate and Poor Boy’s Diner, and ends at Liberty Drive behind Irving Gas Station.
“There are people walking, biking, skateboarding — you name it, all day long,” said Giovanni Verani, president of Berkshire Hathaway Verani Real Estate.
Verani said he has both biked and walked the trail and his employees tend to take their lunch break out on the trail. Some will also bring a change of clothes and go out on the trail before or after work, he said.
“They’ve done a really good job on it. It’s really pretty; really scenic,” he said.