Category Archives: Mascoma River Greenway Updates

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.

 

Thanks to the UV Rugby Club!

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Wonderful to have the youthful energy of the UV Rugby Club applied to the MRG pocket park today. They planted, composted and mulched, sowed grass seed, and applied more wood chips under the picnic tables. They put the finishing touches on the park. A big thank you goes out to this good-humored and energetic group.  Thanks also to Cindy Heath who designed and spearheaded this pocket park landscaping project!  It is accomplished and it looks great!

 

 

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Update:  The U.V. Rugby Club has voted unanimously to adopt the pocket park.  They will help provide maintenance, including frequent watering of the new shrubs and trees. Thank you U.V. Rugby Club!

Let’s Connect the MRG to the Northern Rail Trail!

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Downtown Tunnel – Hanover St. Overhead

A Community Conversation: Lebanon Mall Tunnel Alternatives

The City of Lebanon invites you to learn about the potential future of the tunnel located under the Lebanon Mall at a Community Conversation meeting on Wednesday, August 22, 2018, at 6:30pm in City Hall Council Chambers. Representatives from Lebanon Public Works as well as Vanasse Hangen Brustlin (VHB) will be in attendance to present plans and address questions.

Background

On July 11, 2018, VHB made a presentation to Lebanon City Council outlining several alternatives for the tunnel located under the Lebanon Mall. The Council moved to present Alternative #1 (Complete Deck Replacement), Alternative #2 (Deck Replacement with Opening; keeps tunnel open), and Alternative #4A (Deck Removal, Partial Fill, and New Parking Area; With Connectivity) for review and recommendations prior to rendering a decision on the future use of the tunnel.

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Contact

Questions should be directed to the City Manager’s Office at 603-448-4220 or manager@lebanonnh.gov.

Access to River Views

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Lebanon is graced with the beautiful, winding Mascoma River . . .  but there are very few places where one can actually appreciate that beauty.  The MRG is one of those places. Above is a view from the western end (behind the movie theaters) looking east.

Have you seen the western end now that it has been paved?  Smooth sailing for bikes, skate boards, roller blades, baby strollers and many other modes of non-motorized transport.

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Western end (behind movie theaters) looking west

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.

Garden Extension in Pocket Park

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Thanks to a lot of hard work by a few volunteers, the garden has been significantly extended in the MRG Pocket Park next to the downtown tunnel. The sod has been weeded out, the garden edged, and manure added to the soil. Next comes the compost and soil, some trees and shrubs, and, eventually, flowers, all in preparation for the official opening of the MRG on July 21st.

Lucinda was working solo in the park on this sunny Saturday morning, removing sod and breaking up the soil.  Thanks Lucinda!IMG_1869