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Greenway Workday Postponed to 11/3

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.

Change in MRG Paving Schedule

The City of Lebanon Mascoma River Greenway (MRG) will be paved during normal working hours on Friday, June 29th, Thursday July 5, and Friday July 6. Please stay off the trail during these days, and plan on attending the GRAND OPENING Celebration on Saturday, July 21 from 9am to noon, beginning at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital. Please contact the Recreation and Parks Department at 603-448-5121 if you have questions.

Section of MRG Closed 6/11-6/13/18

Section of Mascoma River Greeenway Closed

Due to the City’s Construction Project (CSO 11) a section across the street from Freihofer’s Bakery and Lumber Liquidators on Mechanic Street will be closed starting on Monday, June 11th through Wednesday, June 13th so that construction equipment can work in the area. Please contact the Engineering Department with any questions, 603-448-0674

Two Bicycles-Built-for-Two

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On this bright, sunny Saturday, it was a delight to meet this family at the eastern-most  end of the MRG. They were making a round-trip from West Lebanon using two bicycles- built-for-two plus a solo, hoping someday soon the trail would connect to the Northern Rail Trail..

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

New, and Better, Way to Travel

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We enjoy hearing stories of how the MRG is being used, for getting to work, to the grocery store, to CCBA when a road is closed, or, in this case, getting home from the eye doctor.  Thanks to Alan Schnur for sharing his story!

My regular eye exam on the Miracle Mile in January required drops to be put in my eyes. I, therefore, could not drive, and needed an alternative way to reach my appointment and return home. I considered several options: 1) asking a friend to drive me, wait, and drive me home, 2) take a taxi, or 3) take the Advance Transit Red Line bus from Colburn Park to the Miracle Mile. I decided to take the AT bus to be sure I arrived on time.

After leaving the doctor’s office, wearing my sunglasses, I remembered an exciting previous experience trying to cross to the bus stop on Route 4 without a crosswalk. Not wishing to repeat that experience, I thought of the Mascoma River Greenway. It took a few tries to find the unmarked path near the Price Chopper parking lot that descends to the Greenway, but when I found the path, getting down to the trail was easy as the snow was already packed. Once on the Greenway, I could easily walk to the recently completed bridge over the Mascoma River, behind The Timken Company — the one with the fantastic view over the Mascoma River. It seemed quite a few people had been walking the trail as the path through the snow was nicely packed. After crossing the bridge, I reached the paved section of the Greenway and found it groomed for walkers (with half the trail left with the original snow cover for cross country skiers).

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It was a delightful walk through the quiet, peaceful, beautiful white wonderland. (And healthy too, since I was out in the open air and didn’t have to look around for anyone coughing or sneezing during the January high flu transmission season.) At my slow pace, it took about 40 minutes to reach the High Street end of the Greenway, with the time passing by very quickly. Almost too quickly.

The Mascoma River Greenway is now a fourth, and I think better option for going to my eye doctor. Once the snow melts, the trip will become even more convenient when traveling by bicycle. As promised, the Greenway is a great resource for the Lebanon community!

Alan Schnur

Lebanon