Category Archives: Mascoma River Greenway Updates

New Life along the MRG

Thanks to Ellen Shaw for sending a few photos of wildflowers in bloom along the trail this week!

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Coltsfoot

Bloodroot

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Trillium

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And, with all the rain, a powerful Mascoma River.

 

 




 

Tunnel Restoration Project Presentation

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Current plans for the renovation of the tunnel and the Lebanon Mall were presented this evening, with construction beginning Spring 2020. We are making our way toward connecting the MRG to the Northern Rail Trail. You can see illustrations of the redesign of the mall and what the interior of the tunnel will look like at https://lebanonnh.gov/DocumentCenter/View/9735/Community-Conversation-Presentation-5-02-2019  (You may find the most useful photos toward the end of the presentation.)

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(Note the skylight which will bring natural daylight into the tunnel.)

 

 




 

MRG Pollinator Planting Plan – Phase 1

There is a plan afoot to create a pollinator corridor along the MRG. We have funds from the Robert F. Church Charitable Trust to plant native organic flowering perennials, fruit trees and shrubs (apple trees, blueberry bushes, elderberries, hazelberts, etc) along the MRG to enhance habitat for pollinators and other creatures, including hungry humans. Today was a reconnaissance mission with a knowledgeable team from Upper Valley Apple Corps and MRG Pollinator Corridor co-chairs Sarah Riley and Pat McGovern. The focus was the western end of the MRG starting at the Price Chopper parking lot access. Three spots were identified as possible planting zones.

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Site 1 at the intersection of the paved MRG with the western end of the unpaved loop path that runs along the river. It is open to the sun and would be great place for an apple tree and blueberry bushes.

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Site 2 Along the unpaved loop path, a possible site for a number of elderberry bushes.

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Site 3 the picnic table site by the umbrella sculpture, a fruit or nut tree to provide shade for picnickers?

This spring we plan to plant native organic perennials along the MRG and plant trees and shrubs in the Fall . . . unless we can figure a plan for frequent waterings of the new trees throughout the summer

It was a wet day and we appreciated the hardiness of the Upper Valley Apple Corps crew, Cat, Kye, Zea, and Jesse, who were willing to show up and offer advice in spite of the weather. They were all impressed with the MRG, a natural treasure hidden behind the Miracle Mile plaza.

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Sarah Riley and Pat McGovern with Apple Corps crew members Zea, Cat, Kye,  and Jesse.

P.S.  Spotted along the way were lots of bloodroot in flower, coltsfoot, ramps (wild leeks) and dandelion greens. Canada geese were in and along the banks of the Mascoma River . .  .   and lots of litter!  We hope Saturday’s Clean-up Day will inspire some Lebanon residents to head to the MRG to check out the raging river, the bloodroot, and help clean up the litter!

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Bloodroot!

 

 




 

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.

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.