rei rec path

From left: Becca Deschenes, director of marketing at Cranmore Mountain Resort;, Shannon Hanley, REI North Conway Store Manager; Larry Garland, MWV Trails Association/North Conway Rec Path; and Chris Meier, MWV Trails Association/ North Conway Rec Path. (PAULA JONES/CHAMBER PHOTO)

CONWAY — Mount Washington Valley Trails Association has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the REI Co-op to help support the North Conway Recreation Path.

The grant money will be earmarked for the Wetlands Bridge crossing up to Cranmore portion of the path, and brings the MWV Rec Path closer to its $2.3 million fundraising goal.

The mission of the MWV Rec Path is to build and maintain multi-use recreation paths within the valley area that provide residents and visitors alternative community access and opportunities for safe, family-oriented recreation and transportation.

The MWV Rec Path Committee was organized in 2008 by a group of volunteers with the specific mission to build a multiple-use, non-motorized recreational trail. The committee has worked diligently on the permitting and review process, with bidding commencing in the fall and construction scheduled to begin next spring.

“As an organization dedicated to awakening a lifelong love of the outdoors, we are thrilled to support the work of the Mount Washington Valley Trails Association to connect people and reduce barriers to the outdoors,” said Shannon Hanley, REI North Conway store manager.

“North Conway is a community that celebrates people getting outside, and we all benefit from easy access to outdoor spaces.”

Chris Meier stated: “We are very excited and proud that REI has chosen to include the Mount Washington Valley Trails Association and our North Conway Rec Path Phase 1 project in their community investment grant program for 2019."

Larry Garland, MWV Rec Path Committee chair, added: “The cost for the Wetlands Bridge were covered in original capital campaign, but as always there were cost increases as the project has moved through the construction timeline. The REI Co-op grant will address that shortfall and help the MWV Rec Path committee come closer to their total fundraising goal."

REI also will be on hand at the upcoming Rock the Rec musical event at Cranmore Mountain Resort to support the MWV Rec Path on Thursday.

With performances by local artists Riley Parkhurst Project, Rek’-lis, and Shark Martin, tickets are $12 online in advance and $15 day-of, and all proceeds will directly benefit the MWV Rec Path.

To learn more about rec path, go to mwvrecpath.org. For more about REI, go to rei.com.

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