May 22, 2015 5:03 PM
New Merrimack trail to connect major recreation spots
MERRIMACK - Local residents may be able to look forward to a swim, a hike and a movie all in one convenient afternoon if the state approves the development of a new trail.
The Nashua Telegraph reports that plans for a riverwalk - to be called the Souhegan River Trail - linking Watson Park, a popular spot for swims and picnics, to Wildcat Falls Conservation area about a half-mile away have been set in motion.
Councilor Bill Boyd is enthused about the project.
“I think this is going to be great. Not only connecting with Wildcat Falls, but you go over the bridge, and it brings you to the backside of Cinemagic,” said Boyd.
A federal grant of $436,000, provided for through the Transportation Alternatives Program, would cover about 80 percent of the cost. Merrimack would have to cover the remaining $109,000 the trail would cost, most likely through a capital reserve fund.
The trail would wind under Chamberlain Bridge and the Everett Turnpike and connect to the trails of Wildcat Falls.
The work would begin in summer if the project is approved.