THANKS TO PATHWAYS
Before another week slips by, I want to commend the work of Mahoosuc Pathways and the six Bethel landowners who have reached tentative agreements to allow a public walking/biking trail to cross their land as reported in the Feb. 21 edition of the Bethel Citizen. The landowners in particular deserve a special “thank you” for their consideration. What a generous, courageous and community-spirited thing to do!
I know I am not alone in marveling at the constant and varied use of the walking path that begins in Davis Park. I’ve seen people on the pathway walking, running, biking, rolling in wheelchairs, walking their dogs, pushing strollers and visiting with friends at all hours, nearly every day. People use it all the time. The prospect of having this path extended all the way to Angevine Park is exciting. I like that it will potentially wind through parts of Bethel that we rarely see, including the back side of the airport, and past gravel mining and processing operations. To have the trail terminate at the beautiful facility that is Angevine Park is a bonus, especially for those who wish to ride their bicycles or walk to the Park without having to navigate the sometimes narrow and busy North Road.
I hope those of us who live or work in Bethel, and all of us in neighboring communities, will support this initiative in any way we can. Based solely on observed use of the current pathway, the extension would be used and enjoyed by residents of all ages and abilities. How often do we have the opportunity to build something that could bring enjoyment to so many, that supports physical health, that offers a safe route to a swimming pond and for which the user need simply to be able to walk or to wheel?
Thank you again, Mahoosuc Pathways and landowners, for your initiative. Thank you also for your faith in our community to appreciate and responsibly use this pathway extension. I hope we all can look forward to next steps.
Nancy Stowell White