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MRG Official Opening – a Joyful Day!

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They came,  listened to a bit of history and the Mayor’s proclamation (honoring MRG Co-Chairs Paul Coats and Frank Gould) . . . and then headed to the MRG and strolled, biked, roller bladed, scooted, ate ice cream, listened to music, viewed the newly installed sculptures, and scattered wildflower seeds along the trail. The day was perfect and the spirit was joyful!

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Omer & Bob’s did bike safety checks and fixed minor problems.

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A good-humored Lebanon Police Officer, LT. Mike delivered ice cream treats along the trail.

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Lebanon’s Rollerblade had a van-load of rollerblades for folks to test drive.

 

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So many families with young bike riders, scooters, strollers, some with dogs . . . and a host of others enjoying this beautiful day.

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Official MRG Opening – Saturday, 9-Noon!

Grand Opening scheduleWhere?   On the lawn of the Homestead at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital on Mascoma Street in Lebanon.  Parking at the APD lot on Mascoma Street.

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City Council to Discuss Downtown Tunnel

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Downtown Tunnel

Wednesday, July 11th, the Lebanon City Council will discuss the downtown tunnel. The new cost estimates show that closing the tunnel is a $1M proposition, and fixing and re-opening it will cost $2.2M .  If the tunnel is closed, there will be no separated pathway linking the MRG to downtown and the Northern Rail Trail. Bike Ped Committee will be there as will be Paul Coats, Frank Gould, and other advocates for tunnel repair.  The more who attend to advocate for the tunnel the better – hope to see you there!

Grand Opening of MRG – Saturday, July 21!

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Please plan on joining us for the GRAND OPENING of the Mascoma River Greenway! Festivities will begin at 9:00AM on Saturday, July 21, on the lawn of the Homestead at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital on Mascoma Street in Lebanon. There will be activities for bikers, hikers, nature lovers, history buffs and art enthusiasts.

In addition, Omer’s & Bob’s will provide a bike-safety check starting at 9:00. Please save the date and watch for further details about the official opening of the Greenway.

MRG Pocket Park Project

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This little park has been dubbed the “Pocket Park”; it is adjacent to the former railroad tunnel running under Hanover Street and the downtown mall in Lebanon and is behind Goss Logan Insurance on Mechanic Street. The spot is particularly beautiful because of its proximity to a waterfall on the Mascoma River as it rushes under Mechanic Street. An Eagle Scout project of Lebanon’s Jake Jasinski and his team of volunteers, it is currently the eastern end of the MRG.  Right now, the park serves as an outdoor space for those living in the neighborhood as well as a resting place for those making the round trip between West Lebanon and Lebanon.

There are big plans for this little park. With hopes that the tunnel will soon be reinforced and link the MRG to the Northern Rail Trail, the park is envisioned as a welcoming resting space or picnic spot for runners, walkers, bikers, etc. traveling east and west. It already has a small pollinator garden of daylilies. beebalm, echinacea, cranesbill geranium, daisies, lupine, and alyssum; daffodils and forget-me-nots have been planted under some of the trees. The next step is for three more beds, perhaps a small Japanese-style garden, Japanese maples, rhododendrons, and spirea, all with the hope of the park being ready for the official Opening Day of the MRG, July 21, 2018!

Gardener’s Supply is offering design consultation for the new plantings as well as employee volunteers to help with the process. Upper Valley Trails Alliance has volunteered to build the paths. We will need volunteers to help remove the sod from the planned beds and build up the soil with compost and manure.  Other volunteers will plant flowers. Staff of Lebanon’s Recreation and Parks will transport materials and plant trees and shrubs. The work schedule looks like this:

  • Five sessions for installation – beginning June 13, and every Wednesday thereafter at 9 am. (Except for the week of the 4th of July when we will meet on Monday)

Wednesday, June 13 -remove vegetation, edge beds;
Wednesday, June 20 – install top soil & compost, manure
Wednesday, June 28 – install trees; receive plants from donors
Monday, July 2 –  install plants; water

  Wednesday July 9 – mulch
If you can volunteer to help with any of these work days, we’d love to hear from you.  And if you have extras of any of the following plants in your garden, we would greatly appreciate donations.
PERENNIALS
hosta (giant and medium)
pulmonaria (lungwort)
tiarella (foam flower)
geranium machrorrizum
sweet woodruff (ground cover)
pachysandra (ground cover)
lamium (ground cover)
bleeding heart
European ginger
Ostrich ferns
May apple
Hellebores
Solomon’s seal
Brunera
To volunteer for work days or donate perennials
please Contact Cindy Heath: cheath58(at)gmail.com
or Pat McGovern: mcgovern.patricia(at)gmail.com

Sculpture for the MRG

 

 

“Wheels”                                                    “Steel Umbrella”

Lebanon Recreation and AVA  Gallery are pleased to announce the results of our Call to Artists public art sculpture competition.  The winners: “Wheels” by artists Susan K. Johnson, Alicia Zbehlik and Kathy Petuck and “Steel Umbrella” by artists Justin O’Rourke and Margaret Jacobs

Winning sculptures will be fabricated by June 30th and installed by mid July in time for the Grand Opening of the Mascoma River Greenway in late July.

Special recognition is also extended to submitting artists for their thoughtful and creative designs:

  • Historical Collage Poles: Artists Cindy Heath, Margaret Sheehan and Carla Kimball
  • Lebanon Labyrinth: Artist Allison Zito
  • Railroad Spike Tree: Artist Greg Stott
  • Spikes and Spokes: Artist Debra Jayne
  • Stories to Tell: Artists Margit Berman and Jeremy McDonald
  • Walking on Nails: Artists Scott Wunderle, Patrick Jarvis, Courtney Venable, Lauren Ingersoll     
  • Water Stop: Artist Clive Maloney

These entries are currently on view at AVA Gallery