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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Nashua should link river, trail project

Letter to the Editor

Jim Haddadin’s excellent update on the slow progress of the Nashua Heritage Rail Trail toward the Merrimack River warrants a reminder that the Merrimack shore itself is well worth extension of the Heritage Trail. The city already owns land (Greeley Park) or has public access easements (Thornton’s Landing) along much of its Merrimack shoreline and should seek more – for instance, along the Tie Plant/Beazer shore.

It is not too late to aspire to proving a Merrimack River Greenway along Nashua’s shore consistent with the state’s longstanding Heritage Trail program. We may not be able to fully match Boston’s Charles River Greenway, or our neighbor Lowell’s effective efforts to provide waterfront amenities, but it is past time to start, and the availability of federal and state funding could surely help. ...

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Jim Haddadin’s excellent update on the slow progress of the Nashua Heritage Rail Trail toward the Merrimack River warrants a reminder that the Merrimack shore itself is well worth extension of the Heritage Trail. The city already owns land (Greeley Park) or has public access easements (Thornton’s Landing) along much of its Merrimack shoreline and should seek more – for instance, along the Tie Plant/Beazer shore.

It is not too late to aspire to proving a Merrimack River Greenway along Nashua’s shore consistent with the state’s longstanding Heritage Trail program. We may not be able to fully match Boston’s Charles River Greenway, or our neighbor Lowell’s effective efforts to provide waterfront amenities, but it is past time to start, and the availability of federal and state funding could surely help.

Gene Porter

Nashua