History of the Trail
The 2010 Transportation Enhancement (TE) project is completed. The project included crossing realignment and Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons (PHB) at two Mast Road crossings, and a Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) at the Henry Bridge Road crossing. A break in the trail due to an old road gully has been filled, eliminating an on-road detour for trail users.
The town awards a contract for the construction of the 2010 Transportation Enhancement project. Completion is scheduled for November. See the TE project page for more information.
Completion of the Goffstown Rail Trail is identified as a recommended Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) project by the Southern and Central NH Regional Planning Commissions and the Economic Development Administration of the US Department of Commerce. Unfortunately, this recognition does not come with any funding.
Work is completed on the 2012 Recreational Trails Program grant project, which constructed a small parking area at Moose Club Park Road, and trail crossing improvements there and at three other low volume roads.
An agreement was reached on how FGRT can assist Goffstown Parks & Rec in their responsibility for rail trail maintenance. The two will coordinate with each other on trail work to be done, and FGRT will be allowed to use certain Parks & Rec equipment for trail maintenance.
A Bicycle Transportation Review of the Rail Trail was held on September 10. See the report from NH-DOT here.
FGRT Wins $200 in PSNH's 85th birthday celebration drawings. Thanks PSNH!
Work is completed on the 2011 Recreational Trails Program grant project, which constructed trail between Danis Park and Lynchville Park Roads.
The Town of Goffstown receives preliminary approval for a sixth NH Recreational Trails Program grant. See the press release here.
The Friends of the Goffstown Rail Trail is awarded the Parks & Recreation Department's Robinson/Cullerot award, which is given to the person or group that best exemplifies the spirit of volunteerism for the community
The Eagle Scout project of Christopher Maloney is completed, a trail kiosk and landscaping at the Moose Club Park trailhead.
The Town of Goffstown selects Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB) to perform the design and oversight for the Transportation Enhancement grant, which will fund four projects on the Goffstown Rail Trail. Construction is expected in 2012.
Work is completed on the 2009 Recreational Trails Program grant project, which fills a large gully between East Union Street and Shirley Park Road. See the press release here.
Work is completed on the 2010 Recreational Trails Program grant project, which adds access to the trail through Sarette field, and completes the 300-yard trail portion to the Manchester border. See the press release here.
Bike the Rail Trail Day is held by the Friends of the Goffstown Rail Trail on May 21, 2011. See event information here.
The Town of Goffstown receives preliminary approval for a fifth NH Recreational Trails Program grant. See the press release here.
The Friends of the Goffstown Rail Trail is named Volunteer Organization of the Year by the Goffstown Board of Selectmen. (See the announcement here.) Photos of the trail are on the front and back covers of the town's 2010 annual report.
The Friends of the Goffstown Rail Trail conducts a Goffstown Rail Trail Fall Foliage Tour on October 2, 2010. See event information here.
The Eagle Scout project of Henry MacGibbon is completed, a trail kiosk and bridge near the Parks & Rec building.
The Friends of the Goffstown Rail Trail receives a grant from the Granite State Wheelmen (GSW). The funds will be used to make drainage and surface improvements along a short segment between the Villa ballfields and Tatro Drive. See the press release here.
The Town of Goffstown and the Friends of the Goffstown Rail Trail receive preliminary approval for a fourth NH Recreational Trails Program grant. See the press release here.
The Town of Goffstown receives notice of selection for Transportation Enhancement funding of four projects on the Goffstown Rail Trail. See the press release here.
In a town vote, proposals to allow snowmobile access to portions of the rail trail were voted down. This means that the prohibition of all motorized vehicles, including snowmobiles, will continue. (These results will not affect the crossing of the rail trail by the existing snowmobile trail, which has always been part of the town's plan.)
The Eagle Scout project of Tanner Kantargis is completed.
The town submits an application for the Transportation Enhancement (TE) program. If won, the grant will be used to replace a missing bridge and construct major road crossings.
The Friends of the Goffstown Rail Trail is awarded 501(c)(3) federal tax exempt status. Contributions are now tax deductible. See the FGRT membership page here.
The Friends of the Goffstown Rail Trail raises money to purchase signs for road crossings, and donates them to the town.
The Town of Goffstown and the Friends of the Goffstown Rail Trail receive preliminary approval for a third NH Recreational Trails Program grant.
Work is completed on the 2007 and 2008 Recreational Trails Program projects. See photos here.
The Friends of the Goffstown Rail Trail constructs a small trail bridge to wrap up the year's trail construction projects. See photos here.
Work begins on the two trail construction projects, funded primarily by the 2007 and 2008 Recreational Trails Program grants.
The Eagle Scout project of Andrew Angione is completed. See photos here.
The town awards a contract to John Neville Excavating for the first major trail construction project. This includes work on phase 1 of the First Mile project near Parks & Rec, and additional work east of Moose Club Park.
The Friends of the Goffstown Rail Trail launches a new membership plan. Information can be found on the support page.
The Friends of the Goffstown Rail Trail has been awarded a $990 grant from the Environmental Community Grant Program of Northeast Utilities (parent company of PSNH). This grant will be used to construct a small trail bridge in the fall. (photo)
The Goffstown Main Street Program agrees to serve as the fiscal sponsor for the Friends of the Goffstown Rail Trail while the the group seeks federal 501(c)(3) tax exempt status.
The Town of Goffstown and the Friends of the Goffstown Rail Trail receive preliminary approval for a second NH Recreational Trails Program grant.
The town's trail survey is completed.
The town awards a contract for an engineering design study of certain aspects of the trail.
The "Friends of the Greenway" changes its name to "Friends of the Goffstown Rail Trail". The purpose and goals of the group remain unchanged.
The town awards a contract for surveying the bounds of the entire trail corridor.
Tour of the Northern Rail Trail in Merrimack county (see photos). This trail has been primarily financed by NH Recreational Trails Program grants like the one recently received for the Goffstown Rail Trail.
Trail building work day - see photos.
The Town of Goffstown and the Friends of the Greenway receive preliminary approval for a NH Recreational Trails Program grant. This money will be used for the "First Mile" project.
The Town of Goffstown and the Friends of the Greenway submit a joint application for a NH Recreational Trails Program grant, to be used to improve a portion of the trail.
The Rail Trail is selected to receive technical assistance from the Rivers and Trails Program of the National Park Service. Read the press release and read more about the program. Watch a video introduction.
Goffstown is not chosen to receive a CMAQ grant, despite being identified as the highest priority for the program by the Southern NH Regional Planning Commission.
Trail building and cleanup work day - see photos.
Trail signs installed - see photos.
The town submits an application for the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) grant program. This grant would be used for trail design and construction.
The Selectmen establish a new trail use ordinance.
The town's new Rail Trail Steering Committee is formed.
Trail cleanup - see photos.
Trail Design Charrette report (3 MB) presented to Selectmen.
Trail cleanup with St. Anselm College's Brian Maguire Freshmen Day of Service.
Trail cleanup - see photos.
Goffstown Board of Selectmen announce agreement with Boston and Maine Railroad for purchase of the railroad corridor.
The Governor's Executive Council votes to authorize purchase of the railroad corridor.
Reauthorization of funding for land acquisition passes.
Acquisition of railroad corridor listed in Regional Transportation Plan and Transportation Improvement Program FY2003-2005 (Southern NH Planning Commission).
The Friends of the Greenway officially becomes a New Hampshire corporation.
Article 9 passes!
"To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate Three Hundred Ninety Thousand Dollars and no cents ($390,000) for property acquisition and master plan development for an alternative transportation path (non-motorized) in the Town of Goffstown. This project will be funded 20% ($78,000) by local property taxes, and 80% ($312,000) by the Federal Transportation Enhancement Program. The path will follow along the abandoned B&M rail line, from the former town dump site and future athletic fields site in Pinardville, paralleling both the Piscataquog River and Mast Road, to Goffstown Village approximately 5.7 miles. When the design is complete, then the construction project, and its costs will be presented as a Special Article to the taxpayers for vote at an annual town meeting."
Friends of the Greenway formed to advocate for the conversion of the rail corridor into a trail for the town.
Goffstown Master Plan states the objective: Develop a "Rails-to-Trails" system which would extend Manchester's existing rail trail, through Goffstown, to the Weare town line.
Planning Department submits application for the Transportation Enhancement Program for land acquisition and trail design.
Planning Department contacts Guilford Transportation for information on purchasing the railroad corridor.
Goffstown railroad corridor identified in Southern NH Planning Commission's Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan .