Friends of the Goffstown Rail Trail
You are invited to the Friends of the Goffstown Rail Trail meetings on the Fourth Tuesday each month, 7:00 pm (January - November) at the Parks & Rec Center on Mast Road (Google map link).
News and Events
Look for 48 new wayfinding and informational signs that will help trail users of all ages and enhance safety at road crossing situations.
- Street names at road crossings
- Safety at the red lights & rock cut
- Destination information
- Historical site information
Friends of the Goffstown Rail Trail won an AARP $2,500 award to purchase and install these signs as a donation to the town. The AARP Community Challenge grants fund innovative projects that can inspire change in areas such as transportation, open spaces, housing and smart cities. Nearly 1,700 applications were received from nonprofits and government entities for the program.
PRO Landscape Supply to Shell Station
In July 2019 work commenced on the NH Recreational Trails Program (RTP) 19-021 awarded to the Friends of the Goffstown Rail Trail to improve 2,255 feet of the trail between PRO Landscaping Supply and the Shell gas station. This includes the restoration of the trail along the original Goffstown and Manchester Railroad Inc. bed conceived by Capt. Peter E. Hadley in 1846. This section was temporarily diverted to follow the narrow electric street car line during the installation of a sewer water main. A 2019 award of $45,300 from the NH Bureau of Trails includes $9,100 of cash and labor from the Friends of the Goffstown Rail Trail to satisfy a 20% match requirement. The project involves tree and root removal, culvert restoration, grass seed planting, fence installation and tree planting and nit-pack gravel compacting on 2,255 feet of the Goffstown Rail Trail. This 2-section construction project (when completed) will result in 64% of the 5.5 mile trail being improved to meet town specifications.
East Union Street to Shirley Park
The 2018 - New Hampshire Recreational Trail Program (RTP) Grant 18 – 25 (East Union St. to Shirley Park) project has been completed. The 1,800 feet of trail has now been improved to meet town specifications and an additional 17 feet of split rail fence have been added by volunteers. Funds from the RTP award, FGRT donations (including those from the Manchester Marathon Association), membership fees and donations from trail users were used to complete this project.
Check out the Trail Information Kiosk that is fully operational at the Mast Road Parking Area. It was constructed by two Girl Scouts, Victoria and Jillian from Goffstown Troop 20841, as their Silver Award Project.
Built to meet the Friends of the Goffstown Rail Trail specifications; the Girl Scouts created a comprehensive business plan that included the funding, purchase of material, construction and final on-site assembly. First, the plan was presented for review and endorsement by the Goffstown Parks and Recreation Commission, after which the donation of the kiosk as an improvement to town property was approved by the Board of Selectman.
It's that time of year to renew your membership or join the 2018 Friends of the Goffstown Rail Trail. In 2016 funds went to the upgrading of the trail surface at the Manchester / Goffstown line, the improvement of the trail with compact gravel under the power lines near the intersection of Greer Road and Route 114 and much, much more. Please go to our membership page.