The Friends of the Goffstown Rail Trail are pleased to announce the completion of another community beautification project along the Goffstown Rail Trail. 17-year old Goffstown resident and Goffstown High School senior Tanner Kantargis, who is a member of ManchesterBoy Scout Troop 135 , initiated an Eagle Scout project to beautify a section of the trail in front of the Goffstown Parks and Recreation Center, 155 Mast Road.
The project began in June 3 and continued through October 25. Tanner worked with local experts, such as Beth Gage, Master Gardener, New Hampshire Cooperative Extension Service, to plan and implement the project, including designing the berm, choosing plantings, and organizing volunteers to help with the effort. Tanner, with help from his Troop members, friends, and other community volunteers, shaped over 80 cubic yards of gravel and loam to form the 1-1/2 foot high 410-foot long berm. Over 60 specimens were planted, including creeping Junipers, Beach Plum rose bushes, grasses, hydrangeas, lilacs, and daylilies. Some local residents also donated irises and hostas. The Goffstown Garden Club donated over 100 daffodil bulbs.
Through fundraising efforts, Tanner raised about $900 dollars to fund the project, using the money to purchase plants and materials, most of which were provided at significant discounts thanks to the generosity of local businesses, such as:
Sandy's Garden Center at Ace Hardware
Real Fallu, Perennial Design Landscaping
Annette Rynearson, Uncanoonuc Mountain Perennials
Jim Beauchemin, Green Thumb Landscaping
Kim Ricard, Goffstown Garden Club
Demeres Garden Center, Manchester
Faulkners Landscaping & Nursery, Hooksett
Mike Walton, Goffstown Dept of Public Works, for mulch
John Neville, John Neville Excavating, for gravel and loam
Tim Redmond, Goffstown resident, for a backhoe contribution
Thanks to these efforts, what used to be a bare, plantless stretch of road shoulder abutting Mast Road has been transformed into an attractive raised berm that provides more visual interest, as well as a clearer definition of the trail boundaries.
For more information on Tanner's project, and other rail trail events, check out the Friends of the Goffstown Rail Trail website at www.GoffstownRailTrail.com.
Hello trail supporters,
The next Friends of the Goffstown Rail Trail meeting will be on Monday October 26th, 7:00 pm, at the Goffstown Parks & Rec Center. You are cordially invited to join us.
Our first priority task is finalizing plans for the annual Ski & Skate sale fund-raiser, coming up soon on Saturday November 14th. (We still need a few more volunteers, click here for more information.) We will also be reviewing our various outreach efforts, and considering potential improvements. Of course, we will also have the latest updates on current trail projects, and talk about possible future trail and grant projects.
Thanks for your support.
Lowell Von Ruden
Friends of the Goffstown Rail Trail
The Friends of The Goffstown Rail Trail is an organization of energetic, dedicated citizens volunteering to participate in the promotion, design, development, and maintenance of this resource. Everyone is welcome to contribute to this project.