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The next monthly trail work session will be on Saturday September 20th. Meet at the empty lot on the south side of Mast Road across from the Wicked Salon at 9:00 am (map). We will be cutting up and hauling off a large tree that fell along the trail earlier this year. Bring work gloves and brush cutting tools if you have them. Open bed pickups or utility trailers would be helpful for hauling cut materials to the transfer station.
The next Friends of the Goffstown Rail Trail meeting will be Tuesday September 23rd, 7:00 pm at the Parks & Rec Center on Mast Road (map).
Save the Date: The 22nd Annual Goffstown Ski, Skate, and Snowboard Sale will be held on Saturday November 8th. More information coming soon.
For your reading pleasure, the Spring 2014 FGRT Newsletter is now available here.
Trail Friends: FGRT thanks DPW Director Carl Quiram for managing a cooperative arrangement to repair a serious erosion condition threatening the rail trail where it passes through the Hillsborough County. It is thought that uncontrolled storm water runoff during the 2006 Mother's Day storm drained off the unimproved railbed and began washing out a gully that became 20 feet wide on the 70 foot high embankment (see photo below). Since then, the slope became unstable and tell-tale signs of a future landslide were apparent.
This summer a fortunate situation allowed DPW to repair the erosion damage for minimal cost. Development near Tatro Drive required removing a massive amount of gravel. Property owner Steven Langley donated a portion of the gravel to the town for the embankment repair. Town dump trucks were loaded with gravel for free by site contractor John Neville Excavating. Some 2,000 cubic yards of gravel were moved and used to restore the embankment to its original condition.
This cooperation shows the generous attitude of two residents, Steven Langley and John Neville, who stepped up and helped the town solve a problem, thereby preventing future damage which might have forced the closing of an important rail trail segment. Thanks to them and the Goffstown DPW workers for their contribution and fine work.
Erosion damage on the rail bed embankment before the repair
The Friends of The Goffstown Rail Trail is an organization of energetic, dedicated citizens volunteering to participate in the promotion, design, development, and maintenance of this resource. Everyone is welcome to contribute to this project.