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Trail along Hawkins Brook opens

  • Members of the Meredith Pathways Committee, Cheryl Wilson, Rod Wilson, Janice Roberts, Angela LaBrecque, Liz Lapham, Lissa Goodby, Sandy Sabutis, Andy Bourn, and Carol Gerken. Missing Barbara Brann, Margie Kreitler, and Bill Gartner, stand on the boardwalk of the Laverack Nature Trail. Courtesy

Published: 6/29/2020 9:13:41 AM

The Meredith Village Pathways Committee has announce that the Laverack Nature Trail at Hawkins Brook has been completed and will be open to the public starting June 29. Some signage and kiosk information will be installed at a later date. The Laverack Nature Trail offers a scenic, off-road pedestrian trail featuring observation areas and descriptive signage. The universally accessible pedestrian trail begins to the left of Meredith Village Savings Bank and follows Hawkins Brook to a viewing platform overlooking the wetlands behind Crosspoint Shopping Center. A boardwalk stretches through the wetlands, with viewing platforms, and joins a wooded trail that will end at Prescott Park. This unique recreational trail has educational components as well as being a connector to Prescott Park, the Inter-Lakes School campus, the Community Center, and the town.

Appointed by the board of selectmen, the Meredith Village Pathways Committee’s purpose is to develop a pedestrian plan and promote pedestrian activity in the community. It takes the form of developing and expanding pathways and linking together recreational, civic and community destinations. Since 2012, the committee has been developing the Hawkins Brook Nature Trail, researching, obtaining permits, completing a trail design, and launching a fund-raising campaign to finance the trail. In June 2018, a large gift from Meredith Village Savings Bank and Merrimack County Savings Bank in honor of retiring CEO and President Sam Laverack was received and the trail was renamed in his honor as Laverack Nature Trail at Hawkins Brook. The Meredith Pathways Committee is deeply appreciative to N.H. Mutual Bancorp for this significant gift and also thanks the town of Meredith and those businesses and individuals who have made gifts and pledges for the trail’s construction.  The Laverack Nature Trail at Hawkins Brook is right in the heart of the village and the only one that will be universally accessible, so that residents of all ages and abilities can use it. Two handicapped parking spots are available at the east end of the Ladd Building on Route 25 and at Prescott Park. Visitors are asked to abide by the COVID-19 virus social distancing while walking the trail. Those using the trail are asked to “take only pictures and leave only footprints” leaving the plants, animals, and natural environment undisturbed. Dogs must be on a leash and owners must clean up after their pets. Please do not litter and enjoy the trail. A formal dedication of the Laverack Nature Trail at Hawkins Brook is planned for Sept. 13 at 2 p.m. Contributions for the long term maintenance fund of the trail will be gratefully accepted and can be sent to HBNT, 41 Main St., Meredith, NH 03253.

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