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Final touches on city ATV trail

October 28, 2009
BERLIN — The diamonds are going down and the trail signs are going up; the ATV trail through the city will soon be open.

The trail will open November 7, and if weather permits it will remain open until December 15, at which time it will revert to the snowmobile trail.

Organizers reached an agreement with the Salvation Army to allow riders to use their property, they said, which will allow them to go from Valley Creek Eatery to Cole Street without using city streets. The trail with go through the Dead River park to reach Cole Street without using city streets, removing the last significant hurdle to opening the trail. A written agreement has yet to be drafted and signed, members of the Androscoggin Valley ATV Club said, but they will have it done before the scheduled opening date.

Organizers are planning an opening celebration on November 7, with representatives from the city, AVATV club, New Hampshire Trails Bureau and Department of Resources and Economic Development. They also plan to invite the governor, state representatives, senators, members of the executive council and statewide media, as well as all the property owners who have permitted the trail to cross their property.

The event will start at Jericho Mountain State Park at 10 a.m. A parade of ATVs will ride from the park to the Tondreau parking area for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and brief remarks by Mayor David Bertrand. They will then continue to Success Pond Road, where they will turn around and head back to Jericho Mountain State Park.

Martin Lord and Osman
Salmon Press
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