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Lebanon City Council Approves Purchase of MRG Parking Lot Land Near Slayton Hill Underpass

 

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The yellow dots define the land approved for purchase. It is on Mascoma Street, just west of APD and adjacent to the Slayton Hill underpass. (You can see a white car emerging from the underpass in this view.)

Wednesday night, the Lebanon City Council approved the purchase of land on Mascoma Street, adjacent to the MRG and the Slayton Hill underpass, to serve as additional access and parking space. We have been fortunate to have the current Mascoma Street parking lot donated by APD;  given the popularity of the MRG, a need for additional parking is anticipated and this new parking area will have easy ADA accessibility.
Thayer School Students (Sebastian Strong, Isalys Quinones, Eleanor Dowd, Sarah Atac, and David Ruiz) made an excellent presentation of their study of options for completing the western end of the trail to WRJ. They posed 3 possibilities with the favored route using the rail track across the Stone Arch Bridge (Glen Road) and into the Westboro Rail Yard with access to WRJ across Bridge Street and the Connecticut River. This will take negotiation with the Department of Transportation and and rail company, which has not been successful to date.  The students are willing to try to move this forward with the help of the City.

Presentation: Options to Extend MRG to WRJ

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AGENDA
LEBANON CITY COUNCIL

Council Chambers  –  Lebanon City Hall
MARCH 6, 2019 – Meeting begins at 7:00 pm
NEW BUSINESS:
PRESENTATION BY THAYER SCHOOL STUDENTS:
OPTIONS TO EXTEND THE MASCOMA RIVER GREENWAY TO WHITE RIVER JUNCTION
BACKGROUND
The original Mascoma River Greenway Action Plan envisions a non-motorized year-round bicycle and pedestrian trail connecting downtown Lebanon to downtown West Lebanon, and ultimately to the Lyman Bridge’s connection to Vermont. The July 2018 opening provides the first segment of this multi-use path from High Street to Glen Road. The combination of NH DOT’s unwillingness to allow access to the remaining 2000 feet of rail to Riverside Community Park, and the delay of the Iron Horse Commercial Park development has left us stranded at Glen Road.
Dick Mackay from the Friends of the Northern Rail Trail took the initiative of partnering with the Thayer School of Engineering with the hopes that fresh eyes on the project might produce alternatives for us to consider. Project Team 17 from the Thayer School of Engineering, Cook Engineering Design Center, hasbeen the team working with the Friends of the Northern Rail Trail to produce a feasibility report
for the MRG extension to the Lyman Bridge. The team members are: Sebastian Strong, Isalys Quinones, Eleanor Dowd, Sarah Atac, and David Ruiz.
ACTION
No action is required by the Council; informational presentation only.

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Walk or Bike the MRG – May 11, 2019

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Saturday, May 11, 2019  1:00-3:00 p.m.

Join us for a joint event with Wild About Lebanon and Mascoma River Greenway! Meet us at the MRG parking lot across from Alice Peck Day Memorial then walk or bike to Glen Road and back. Bart Guetti will lead the bikers and Lorraine Kelly the walkers. The trail is flat and paved, great for walking or biking! (3 miles, easy!)

 

 

 

New Benches Being Installed on the MRG

 

The first of six benches purchased for the Mascoma River Greenway has been installed near the path leading down from the Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital campus. The bench is dedicated to the memory of Leo C. McKenna whose wife, Christine, is an enthusiastic supporter and user of the MRG. Watch for other benches to appear along the trail as soon as weather permits their installation by the Lebanon Recreation and Parks Department.

MRG Trail Maintenance: Saturday 11/3

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Calling all volunteers!

Are you a runner, walker, skateboarder, foliage admirer, cyclist, or generally interested in helping keep Lebanon’s greenway corridor beautiful and safe and potentially extending it to White River Junction?

A team of Dartmouth engineering students is helping the City explore options for extending the Mascoma River Greenway (MRG) corridor in Lebanon to White River Junction. Let’s help bridge the ped and bike gap between New Hampshire and Vermont!

Join us on Saturday, November 3rd from 10am to 2pm for a few hours (or whatever you can attend for) to do the clean-up and give your feedback about the greenway extension. Dartmouth engineering students, City of Lebanon staff, and friends of the MRG and Northern Rail Trail will be in attendance. Doughnuts and coffee will be provided!

Location: Meet up at the Mascoma Street “MRG Parking Lot” across from Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital, Alice Peck Day Drive, Lebanon, NH.

Tips: Wear gear and shoes appropriate to the weather and tasks. Bring rakes and vegetation cutters, if you have any. Other equipment will be provided.

This event is sponsored by Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth, Northern Rail Trail, Mascoma River Greenway, and the City of Lebanon. For more information, please call the Lebanon Planning and Development office at 603-448-1457 x1473.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Five students from the Dartmouth Thayer School of Engineering are working on a six-month project with Friends of the Northern Rail Trail to model the final extension of the Mascoma River Greenway. Their final product will include a feasibility and safety report as well as a detailed map of the final MRG trail alignment from Glen Road to White River Junction. The group will present their project at the November 13th Lebanon Ped and Bike Advisory Committee meeting and welcome all interested community members

Perfect Picnic Spot!

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Isn’t this a perfect spot for a picnic? It’s near the Price Chopper entrance to the MRG and to the left.

And if it rains . . . seek shelter!

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“Steel Umbrella” by artists Justin O’Rourke and Margaret Jacobs

The Tunnel Will Be Fixed!

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Downtown Tunnel and Pocket Park ( Hanover Street Bridge Overhead)

By this time next year, the currently closed-off downtown tunnel should be reconstructed with connection made between the MRG and the Northern Rail Trail.  Read the Valley News report on the Lebanon City Council decision.