To The Daily Sun,
I am writing in response to two recent letters to The Daily Sun concerning the WOW Trail and the Winnipesaukee River Trail, the first one by Gretchen Gandini, newly appointed Exceutive Director of the WOW Trail and the second by Peter Davis of Laconia. As a board member of the Winnipesaukee River Trail Association, I was delighted to see these letters which bring to the attention to the public of the benefits of the trails not only to the communities where they are located but to Central New Hampshire. Not only are there beautiful vistas along the trails but the trails can be very useful tool in the development of the region. Ms. Gandini wrote so elegantly about how much the WOW trail can contribute from an economic prospective by making reference to a recent Belknap Economic Development Council Study in spending because of the number of using coming in to use the trail. In addition to the health benefits as well, the trails are a great place for both individuals and family to walk, run or bike.
One other thing that is often overlooked is that some people use the trail as a mode of transportation. I think that this supports Mr. Davis's comments the need to complete the trails in timely fashion for a variety of reasons and one of the major concerns is of rising costs to build the trails.
In Mr. Peter Davis letter, one of the things that he mentions is the required five foot chain linked fence that is required on the WOW and the Tilton Section of the Winnipesaukee River Trail, not only is it very costly but an eyesore and prevent larger animals from getting to and from the tracks to the river. This requirement just adds to the cost of building and maintaining the trails and at times at least of the Winnipesaukee River Trail and I would imagine the WOW Trail as well. There are many other states where there are very active and high speed rail and there aren't any fences between the rail and the trail so leads to question why this is necessary in the State of New Hampshire which has one of the smallest active railroad systems in the country. It simply defies common sense to have such a requirement in this state.
So why not get there and enjoy the benefits of the trails and if you can support some of the events that occur throughout the year, lots of fun for all and a great cause!
Charles L. North