Category Archives: Next Steps

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

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.

Thanks to a Great Volunteer Team: Upper Valley Rugby Club!

 

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Former Lebanon Recreation and Park Director, Cindy Heath, has been the main mover on the enhanced landscaping of the MRG pocket park by the tunnel in downtown Lebanon. She and a team from Upper Valley Rugby Club did great work in the park Wednesday evening.

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Here’s Cindy’s report on this energetic team of volunteers:

“Members of the Men’s and Women’s teams of the Upper Valley Rugby Club put forth an amazing effort on Tuesday night and moved the MRG Pocket Park closer to completion. President Brian Frampton and his club mates dug out sod, applied mulch to flower beds, and did some serious digging to install wood chips under the picnic tables. 

This is work that needs a strong back and stamina, and the club members were definitely up for the task. It’s amazing how much was accomplished in just two hours by this community service minded group! 

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Several members of the club will be back next week to put the finishing touches on a new flower bed in preparation for a final planting of perennials donated by Gardener’s Supply. All are welcome to participate in the final work session on Tuesday, August 7 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the park. Bring work gloves, a shovel, and wheelbarrow if you have one!”  Update: Tuesday’s work was postponed on account of rain.  Next work day is Tuesday, August 14 at 5:30.

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!

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

 

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

What’s New?

Rails are in the process of being removed.  Ties will be coming out next week and there will be a pre-construction walk along the MRG this Thursday.  From there, we should learn about the construction schedule.  There are still some spikes  to be pulled on 2 bridges, but this is not work for volunteers because of the dangers of falling. Things are happening!