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Giving Matters: WOW Trail Brings People Out

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WOW stands for Winnipesaukee Opechee Winnisquam, but the rail trail that winds across Laconia might just as well be named for the exclamation of its patrons as they marvel over the views on offer. Plans in the works will have the trail’s running nine miles, connecting Meredith with Franklin.

Though unfinished, Laconia police chief Chris Adams sees the trail as a positive addition to the city. “One of the things I love doing when I’m driving around is looking down the trail head to see families and couples and children riding bikes or walking.”

 

Phase one of the project installed a ten-foot wide paved trail, and Adams says it significantly cleaned up what was once nothing more than overgrown brush collecting next to disused railroad tracks. More than simple beatification, it’s a boon for area businesses too, “it brings people into the community. People biking stop off at stores or maybe a restaurant to get a sandwich or a coffee.”

 

As joggers, walkers and bikers pass Adams on the trail, he’s pleased to see people taking advantage of an active lifestyle that the trail promotes. Sections of the trail look out on Lake Opechee, and with diamonds dancing on the water, Adams says “it’s relaxing and brings a lot to the community.” 

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