Welcome to the Suncook Valley Trails Plan for Allentown, Epsom, Pembroke, Chichester and Pittsfield!
Local Trails SVTP Groups Meeting Calendar
|Town||Meeting Scheduled||Meeting Location|
|Epsom||Tues April 2, 6:00 PM
|940 Suncook Valley Highway
Town Office Meeting Room
|Chichester||Wed May 1, 6:00 PM||54 Main Street
Chichester Grange/Town Hall
Upstairs Meeting Room
|Pittsfield||Wed April 17, 6:00 PM||85 Main Street
Town Hall Meeting Room
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What is the Suncook Valley Trails Plan?
Local Town Master Plans, Planning Boards, Economic Development Committees, Conservation Commissions, Parks and Recreation Commissions, and Historical Societies have identified the multiple needs for economic development, recreational opportunities, preservation of history and culture, retention and enhancement of open space and connection to the outdoors, and the need for alternative transportation in their communities. Existing trails networks crisscross the region in the form of organized Snowmobiles Club trails, Town and School trails, private landowner trails, former railroad beds, homeowner association trails, and more. Existing Town, conservation and public lands could be utilized as anchors for regional trails development.
The Central NH Regional Planning Commission is developing a coordinated trails plan for the Suncook Valley area in Spring 2019 for the benefit of residents, decision makers, visitors and businesses. An evaluation of the trails opportunities within the former Suncook Valley Railroad corridor in Allenstown, Epsom, Pembroke, Chichester and Pittsfield and the existing trails connections to this corridor could enable the future development of collaborative trails projects while enhancing and preserving those local community features dearly desired by Towns. To develop this trails plan, we are seeking the assistance of Suncook Valley area municipal committees, area trails clubs and other groups to ascertain interest, issues, and opportunities.
The Suncook Valley Trails Plan (SVTP) is envisioned to contain a brief history of the Suncook Valley Railroad, appropriate existing community trails maps with public and conservation lands, indications of trail usages and conflicts, narratives of the existing trails, identification of potential trail project priorities, and a listing of recommendations.
Process to Develop the Suncook Valley Trails Plan
The project began with a Visioning Session in January 2019 at the Epsom Public Library, inviting known local interests to meet CNHRPC staff and learn about the proposed collaborative project. Beginning in March, meetings in the individual Towns will be held and publicized to the entire inclusive public participant list. At these interactive Town-based meetings, we will narrow the focus of what we hope to accomplish, which is existing trail identification, trail usages and conflicts, and opportunities or projects that enhance connectivity. Anyone who is interested within the Suncook Valley area is welcome to attend the Town-specific meetings. The CNHRPC respects the organized clubs that have landowner agreements for trails usage and encourages club participation to ensure any trails information provided is described in the appropriate manner within the SVTP.
After the Suncook Valley Trails Plan is Completed
Once the document is completed, it’s time to get to work. Examples of outcomes of the SVTP may include a collaborative area-wide economic development brochure with certain trails locations that could attract visitors and inform residents, a local trails project highlighting the rich history of the area, or the development of one or more regional Suncook Valley Trails Committees. The CNHRPC can help organize Trails Committees, assist with some of the trail projects’ legwork, help the Towns fulfill their Master Plan objectives, and generally support the efforts of alternative transportation and recreation in the region.
Suncook Valley Trails Meeting Information and Documents
Upcoming meetings are anticipated to be scheduled in Epsom, Pittsfield, Chichester, Pembroke and Allenstown between March and May 2019. Meeting information will be emailed to CNHRPC’s list of known interested groups and individuals. Agendas and meeting summaries will be posted here.
Epsom Visioning Session, January 2019
- Visioning Session Flyer 01-16-19
- Visioning Session Agenda 01-16-19
- Visioning Session Discussion Transcript 01-16-19
- Visioning Session Trails Questionnaire Responses (anonymous) 01-16-19
Some of Our Current Partners or Interested Groups in the Suncook Valley Trails Plan Activities
Barnstead Parks and Recreation Commission
Chichester Parks and Recreation Commission
Chichester Planning Board
Epsom Board of Selectmen
Epsom Conservation Commission
Epsom Economic Development Committee
Epsom Zoning Board of Adjustment
Fort Mountain Trail Winders
NH Horse and Trail Association
NH State Representative for Merrimack County, District 21
NH Trail Dawgs
Pembroke/Allenstown Meet Me in Suncook
Pembroke Conservation Commission
Pembroke Historical Society
Suncook Valley Sno-Riders
…with Property Owners, residents and many more!
Send us your input!
Please send us your Suncook Valley Trails input by completing a Trails Experiences Questionnaire Word form and returning it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you have historic or current photos of the Suncook Valley Railroad corridor and connecting trails you’d like to share? What about trail maps? Conservation plans or inventories? Links to websites with information? Other neat Suncook Valley trails stuff? Please email files to email@example.com or click here to upload files quickly & easily to Dropbox.