Grant would allow Goffstown to increase rail trail growth
The town's Rail Trail Committee is asking the Board of Selectmen to approve an application for a $25,920 grant from the state's Division of Parks and Recreation Bureau of Trails' Recreational Trails Program. The 80 percent grant and 20 percent match program would build 3,500 feet of trail and drainage, about two-thirds of a mile, between Moose Club Park Road to Lynchville Park Road. The grant would be matched by manpower from the town's Department of Public Works using about six people per day for 13 days, costing about $34,743 in labor and equipment.
"Whenever we get a grant opportunity we put it on the town website and let it sit for a week to let people know what's in the pipeline and if they want to offer comment they can," said Selectman Nick Campasano, who serves as the board's representative on the Rails to Trails Committee. "It's a way to offer more transparency."
Another 11 percent of the trail, representing the most costly sections, is also under contract for completion through a 2010 grant.
The Goffstown Rail Trail, when completed, will connect to Manchester's Piscataquog Trail, which is expected to cross the Piscataquog River and reach Goffstown this year.
"The rail trail is a recreational asset of the town. Goffstown's appeal is its resources — the mountain, the lake and trails. The trails' uses are increasing as it develops," he said.
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