To The Daily Sun,
Belmont voters have two Town Meeting Ballot Questions that look for support to expand local recreation trails. Two recently opened Belmont trails: the Lake Winnisquam Scenic Trail and the Village Rail Spur Trail are proving to be quite popular. Here's the background to consider:
BALLOT Question #24
In 2016 Belmont opened the Lake Winnisquam Scenic Trail, 1.8 miles of paved trail which now connect with Laconia's WOW Trail to offer 4.5 miles to enjoy. And we're just getting started! To extend the "Winni Trail" another mile west along the lake's south shore. We need to build up 20 percent matching funds for a federal grant. The next mile could cost $800,000 (80 percent federal grant, 20 percent local match).
Belmont residents - VOTE YES on Ballot Question #24 to invest $30,000 for the Belmont Trail Capitol Reserve. There's $59,304 in the Reserve now. By adding to the Reserve each year, we can build it up to meet the required match and extend the trail.
BALLOT Question # 37
The Village Rail Spur Trail with the charming covered bridge below the Belmont Mill also was opened last year. In addition, the Town received a $73,440 State Recreation Trail grant to extend the trail improvement including another covered bridge section. To put these funds into action, matching Town funds are needed.
Belmont residents - VOTE YES on Ballot Question #37 to add $5,000 to the Village Spur Trail Capitol Reserve so the project can move forward. Currently, there is $25,000 in this Reserve. This is a Belmont Conservation Commission project.
We're just getting started! Whether you enjoy the outdoors walking your dog, strolling with friends, cycling, running, snowshoeing, cross country skiing or exploring with your family, Belmont's trails offer great opportunities. Help us make Belmont a special place to enjoy the great outdoors.
Belmont Recreation and Alternative Transportation Team – Chair, Ron Mitchell
Belmont Conservation Commission – Chair, Laurel Day
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