‘All Individuals’ accessible path below building in Manchester: Breaking down obstacles to the outside

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James McKim, President of the Greater Manchester NAACP, spoke on the microphone about the importance of inclusivity in public spaces.

James McKim, President of the Greater Manchester NAACP also expanded his support for the project.

“Everyone should be able to explore nature. This is how our bodies relieve stress, recharge and rejuvenate. We are excited to support the work of the Nature Conservancy in creating the All Persons Trail in the Manchester Cedar Swamp its wonderful hiking trails so close to the place where we live. May it be a space where we can all come together and Have fun Life, ”said McKim.

Elected officials including Senator Maggie Hassan, Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig, and Town Councilor Keith Hirschman, expressed their support for the project and highlighted the benefits to all New Hampshire residents who will face the project Barriers to access Nature.

“Even if we have been in the 31 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act, there is more work to be done to increase inclusion in New Hampshire and across the country. Build a universal accessible walking path in the Manchester Cedar Swamp Preserve will help people of all abilities have access and explore the beauty of our state, “said Hassan. “I am The Nature Conservancy and theirs partner Per her Efforts In Manufacturing That Project on Reality.”

Before and after: The promenade section of the trail (the loop over the swamp).

Craig highlighted adding bus connections to the starting point during their execution.

“Fair access to outdoor spaces is a priority in Manchester – and this thoughtful project at the Manchester Cedar Swamp Preserve meets the needs of our community. The construction of the All Persons Trail by The Nature Conservancy in connection with the extended bus service to the departure point of the Manchester Transit Authority, enables more resident to experience and Have fun That some hidden Darling on lovely Urban maintain, the biggest conservation area In the City, located on the W.is S.here,” said Craig.

The managing director of the VF Foundation Gloria Schoch, one of the early supporters of the project, was also present at the celebration.

“The VF Foundation is proud to partner with The Nature Conservancy to make sure everyone, regardless of skill level or background, can enjoy the unique of The Manchester Cedar Swamp Preserve Ecosystem. We hope that the inclusive design of the All Persons Trail will inspire more community-centered projects around the world the country the are greeting to Everyone, while financial support active Lifestyles and deepening our connection with Nature, ”said Schoch.

Updates and announcements about the project – including information on temporary closures of protected areas and Openings – are available at www.nature.org/manchester, as well as The Nature Conservancy’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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From Campus to Sanctuary: Brief History of the Cedar Swamp Preserve

From the conservation website

Much of Hackett Hill, including parts of what is now the conservation area, was to become the UNH’s Manchester campus. Plans were drawn up and financing approved for the start of construction. Roads, granite curbs, underground power supply, parking lots and lighting were installed. Before construction of the classrooms began, however, the state decided to relocate the campus to the old mills along the Merrimack River. The improvements to Hackett Hill have been preserved to this day and create a ghost town feel.

After the campus relocated, Manchester Cedar Swamp Preserve was protected in 1999 by an innovative settlement agreement between the City of Manchester, the US Environmental Protection Agency and the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services. Under the terms of the agreement, the City of Manchester agreed to set up an additional $ 5.6 million environmental project program to carry out projects aimed at restoring and protecting the environment. In return, the city has been allowed to make incremental improvements to rainwater control to eliminate the mixed water overflow into the Merrimack and Piscataquog rivers.

The city provided $ 2 million to protect rare wetlands with the goal of preserving the world’s rare Atlantic white cedar swamp and giant rhododendrons in the Hackett Hill area. The cedar swamp is one of the largest and highest quality in the state and was located in an area of ​​several hundred acres of undeveloped land. The EPA asked The Nature Conservancy to own and manage these particular lands because of our biodiversity mission and land management expertise. In August 2001 we received 350 hectares from the City of Manchester and in 2002 and 2003 an additional 252 hectares were added ”- to the reserve.

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