Seabrook Rail Trail
The Eastern Rail Road Corridor begins at Route 286 and the MA State line.
This is where the Atlantic Depot Station once stood. This area could be an access point for Veterans Memorial Park on South Main Street. Photos looking south towards Route 286.
This will also connect with Salisbury's Coastal Trail which is planned to begin construction in 2014.
From Rt. 286 the corridor runs
parallel to Pickens Ave,
then alongside Quaker Lane.
(Looking south from Walton Road).
Next it crosses over Walton Road. This bridge may come down at some point. One of the goals of this group would be to make sure it becomes a safe crossing for bikes & pedestrians if the bridge is removed.
If sidewalks were installed on Walton Road, this connection would be great!
Imagine students being able to ride their bikes or walk safely to & from school, the library, Rec. center and ball fields or home!
It's possible that we could get grant money from Safe Route to Schools (SRTS).
|North of Walton Road the corridor crosses Cains Mill Pond and Noyes Pond, which is separated by the beautiful Historic |
Gothic Stone Archway Culvert.
In recent years
this unique treasure has sustained
serious damage through vandalism and weather extremes.
One of the priorities should be to stabilize this town treasure to prevent future damage, then to restore it to it's former beauty.
Photos by Duncan Mellor-Waterfront Engineers.com
| Abutting the Stone Arch Culvert and Cains Mill Pond, |
(behind Home Depot)
is a 1.5 acre parcel designated as a park.
The plan is to make this small park into a picnic area and canoe launch.
The 'Cains Brook Watershed Restoration' project, headed by Seabrook Conservation Commission, may include the dredging of Cains Mill Pond.
(<<<--It could look like this!)
Behind the old Shaws & Walmart is an emergency access road that crosses the rail corridor and leads to Liberty Lane and the Seabrook Library.
This could possibly be a trail head and also maybe a small park with picnic tables & benches so folks could check out a book and read it in a shaded park like setting. This would also be a great area for handicapped folks to park and use their wheelchairs to take a ride down a paved trail while enjoying wildlife and fresh air.
Photo left by Scott Currier
| This area is the Railroad Ave. crossing. There used to be a bridge here and also Rail Road Station named Seabrook Station.|
There would need to be a pedestrian crossing here. This would also be an access point for the residents of elderly housing that is only a few blocks away.
This would give then access to the library & shopping for the folks that don't drive, but have motorized scooters or wheelchairs.
| The Seabrook Power plant may prove to be a challenge. The corridor runs right through the NextEra property.|
There are several possible solutions and when we spoke with them a few years ago, they seemed open to helping us find a solution. One possibility would be to skirt the FPL property, connecting back to the corridor north of the power plant.
photos by Kenyon F. Karl
Past the FLP Plant is the Brown River Culvert. It was rebuilt a few years ago and you can see all the way to Hampton Beach from there. It would be a great area to place a few benches and drop in a fishing line.
It then proceeds to the Hampton Falls marsh and onto Hampton.