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Grants look to spruce up areas around Mascoma Lake

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 9/25/2021 9:48:33 PM
Modified: 9/25/2021 9:48:34 PM

ENFIELD — The Mascoma Lakeside Park Committee has been awarded $135,000 to continue to make improvements to the popular Mascoma Valley recreation destination.

The matching grant comes from the state’s Land and Water Conservation Fund, using federal money administered through the New Hampshire Department of Natural and Cultural Resources-Division of Parks and Recreation. So far, the committee has raised $45,000 toward the match, said Meredith Smith, who chairs the committee. They have a couple of years to match the $135,000.

“We can start work right away,” Smith said.

First up is replacing a rotting retaining wall that has iron spikes left over from its days as part of the railroad that used to run by the park. The goal is to have that work done in October, Smith said. Other improvements will include defining parking spaces (but not adding additional parking, Smith clarified); adjusting to the parking lot so that drainage goes toward the berm of the Northern Rail Trail and away from the lake; and removing invasive species and replacing them with native plants.

The committee also received a separate $4,200 grant to build a path from the rail trail to the park “so that cyclists can come down separately from the trail to the park,” Smith said. The trail will be on the side of the park that is closest to Enfield Village, and the committee is still waiting for the approval of the Department of Transportation to get started.

“That’s a hurry-up-and-wait situation,” Smith said.

The park, which is north of the Shaker Bridge carrying Main Street across the lake, opened in 2016 and in the years since the committee has worked to raise money to continue improvements. This summer, a new open-air pavilion was built.

“It’s just such a beautiful spot,” Smith said.

Liz Sauchelli can be reached at or 603-727-3221.

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