Access Trail to Mascoma River Greenway Opens to Public; Celebration on August 22, 2019
The MRG is a multi-use pathway starting at the Mascoma Street/High Street intersection and extending west to Glen Road. It serves as the main transportation corridor for bikes and pedestrians through the heart of Lebanon and West Lebanon, connecting Lebanon’s neighborhoods with workplaces, schools, open spaces, shopping areas, restaurants, APD’s campus and transit stops.
APD supports the trail as it provides no-cost healthy recreational opportunities, transportation benefits, economic development, and conservation benefits by taking cars off the road and allowing for appreciation of the Mascoma River.
“This is one of the first official access trails to the MRG,” said Russell Hirschler, Executive Director of the UVTA. “Just gauging from interest while we were building it, I can confidently say it will be used often,” he added.
“Providing safe access to free recreation and alternative means of transportation is in line with our commitment to improve the health and wellbeing of our community,” said APD President and CEO Sue Mooney, MD, MS, FACOG. “We hope our staff, patients, neighbors, and Lifecare residents enjoy the new access trail and use it often,” she added.
The switchback trail is:
- 250 feet long,
- built to grade,
- wheelchair accessible,
- now open for public use.
The trail was initially cut in to the land by an excavator, followed by over 60 hours of manual work by the UVTA team. It has a 6” gravel base, covered by thick geotextile cloth, and is topped with 4” of hard pack.
The City of Lebanon has tentative plans to blacktop the trail in the future.