To The Daily Sun,
Vote "yes" twice for the Lake Winnisquam Scenic Trail on Belmont's Town Meeting Ballot.
How about a scenic walk or bicycle ride along a never-seen stretch of the lake? Belmont residents have an easy choice. By voting yes on Articles 15 and 16, funds already in hand can be used to begin trail construction this year. After 14 years on the drawing board, let's see this through.
Article 15 approves use of existing designated Phase I trail funds and is linked to Article 16 which allows use of existing Phase II Trail funds to complete Phase I and cover other needs such as trail maintenance. By voting yes twice, we get the scenic trail's first segment built with no new taxes.
Walking and bicycle trails help us all live better, healthier lives and make our communities more attractive to new residents and businesses as well as tourism in the region. Vote to make Belmont a even better place to live. Check Belmont's town website for a trail map and more information.
Belmont's Winni Trail starts at Belmont's town line near the Laconia Bypass, crosses the Town Beach Road and then follows state and rail rights-of way and easements overlooking Lake Winnisquam, turning inland to meet Webster Highway near Osbourne's Agway.
The ultimate goal? Extend the Winni Trail along Lake Winnisquam's eastern shore to Jamestown Road, linking with trail projects planned in Tilton to the west and Laconia on the east.