Tunnel Grand Opening!


In spite of the day’s heat and humidity. a goodly crowd gathered to celebrate the Grand Opening of the MRG tunnel. Lebanon Recreation, Arts, and Parks Director, Paul Coats, served as Master of Ceremonies.



The biggest surprise of the event was the call of a bugle . . . and a crowd of Lebanon “Raiders” bursting through the banner stretched across the tunnel opening.



They were followed by a parade of young children from the Bike Rodeo riding their bikes. All seemed excited to be part of the explosive surprise!

Inside the tunnel was a display of some of the art work submitted for consideration for the tunnel walls. And there was active art in the making – chalk art. (These artists were totally engrossed as dozens and dozens of people walked by.)

Free bicycle helmets were distributed by the Lebanon Planning and Development Department’s Rebecca Owens, on behalf of the Pedestrian and Bicyclist Advisory Committee, and with assistance from FNRT and UVMBA volunteers. The helmets were donated by CHaD and, in addition to various safety stickers and guidance, were eagerly received by over 30 children between the ages of 2-14. The remainder will be used tor Lebanon Recreation programs. If you missed out, contact Rebecca.Owens@lebanonnh.gov about extras that may be available via CHaD or APD.

People viewed the various tables, had their bikes checked at the Omer and Bob’s tent, and were encouraged to walk through to view the Pocket Park at the far side.

Messages were sent from our New Hampshire and U.S. Senators and Representatives:

“We should all take a moment to recognize the efforts of everyone who worked to turn the vision behind this project into an exciting reality. Congratulations on this remarkable achievement and my best wishes for a great celebration.” Sen. Jeanne Shaheen

For more photos of the tunnel event see https://www.travispaigephotography.com/Events/Lebanon-Tunnel/

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