08-10 Wetlands Walk

Young Dylan Fuller, with his grandparents Tom and Karen Barker of Laconia, recently made his donation towards the wheelchair accessible Wetlands Walk boardwalk. (Courtesy photo)

GILFORD — The Belknap County Conservation District is raising money to make full length of the Wetlands Walk boardwalk at Gunstock accessible to wheelchairs again.

From 1995 thru 1998, many groups helped build the handicapped accessible Wetlands Walk boardwalk at Belknap County’s public recreation area, Gunstock. Because its support posts are in wet soil, some sinking and tipping have occurred. Parts of the boardwalk are still handicapped accessible. If someone unsteady on their feet or in a wheelchair visits, the right branch from the handicapped parking lot is in better condition. The Welcome Center provides access to handicapped parking.

Private donations and grants from the New Hampshire Mooseplate Program and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Forests and Rivers Fund are already helping to fund the ongoing repairs.

A special crowdfunding site has been created at GiveGab to accept online donations through Aug. 28. The GiveGab site can be accessed at www.givegab.com/campaigns/wetlands-walk-rehabilitation-blk-cty-consrv-dist  or via a link at www.belknapccd.org. Once at the GiveGab site, just click on “Make a Donation.” Assistance is being provided by the North Country Resource Conservation and Development Area Council, so their name appears on the GiveGab crowdfunding site. Checks or cash are also accepted through the mail or at the Conservation District office at 64 Court St., Laconia NH 03246

For more information, email wetlandswalk@myfairpoint.net or call 603-707-9760.

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