To The Daily Sun,
I recently saw a picture of two young girls walking along the railroad tracks on Paugus Bay and then read with interest the letter from John Robinson who is the state coordinator of NH Operation Lifesaver.
There are clearly some safety concerns about active railroad tracks that are used on a regular basis for commercial use. However, I am wondering how much better use there would be if the state-owned land along that stretch were to be converted into an active recreational corridor for the benefit of the residents and tourist population of our community.
I am a regular user of the WOW Trail and other rail trails that have been established throughout New Hampshire in other communities as it provides safe, free, and scenic access to our great natural resources. A recreational corridor offered by the WOW Trail providing people the opportunity to walk, run, roller-blade, and bike in the summer as well as cross-country ski and snowshoe in the winter along a beautiful stretch of Paugus Bay would be a terrific resource for our community and great little City of Laconia.
It appears to me that the current railroad in use from Laconia to The Weirs by the Winnepesaukee Railroad is certainly very seasonal and rarely in use. A recreational corridor along those track beds providing access to our beautiful natural resources and community assets of Laconia and Weirs Beach would benefit many year-round.
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