The Merrimack River Greenway Trail will be a 4-season, 10 foot wide, paved trail from the Pembroke city line to the Boscawen city line.
The Trail will be about 12.7 miles long. The northerly 6.8 miles will be a rail trail and the southerly 5.9 miles will be a riverside greenway trail.
The Trail will allow and encourage use by walkers, runners, bicyclists, roller bladers and, when conditions permit, cross country skiers and snowshoers. It will be inviting for youth and elderly and it will be universally accessible to people with mobility challenges.
The first phase of development is planned to be a 1.2 mile section on the east side of the Merrimack River, between Manchester Street (in Terrill Park) and Loudon Road (behind Convenient MD and the Post Office).
The first phase of construction will take place in 2018 and will give Concord residents and visitors a paved trail and boardwalk, over wetlands, at the north end of Terrill Park. The north end of the first portion of the boardwalk will feature an observation platform over the wetlands that will offer a view of the Statehouse dome.
Construction of this phase is possible through a $100,000 grant from the National Park Service's Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and a matching $100,000 donation from the Friends of the Merrimack River Greenway Trail, made possible by large and small donations from generous businesses and individuals, in and around Concord.
Efforts are underway to raise the necessary funding to continue constructing the boardwalk approximately 1/4 mile northerly to the cornfields south of Convenient MD then to complete the trail, north to the Post Office and south to Manchester Street.