WOW Sweepstakes Ball Tickets Are On Sale Now!
Tickets are on sale now for the 10th Annual WOW Sweepstakes Ball.
Ticket can also be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce, Laconia Athletic & Swim Club, or Patrick’s Pub. Remember, only 300 tickets will be sold and there are $13,000 in cash prizes!!
Click Here to view a PDF version of the full event poster!
BOW WOW Fest 2013 – Sat May 4th
Laconia’s 3rd Annual Pooch Parade
Date: Saturday, May 4, 2013
Location: WOW Trail – Elm Street Entrance – Lakeport Square
- 7:30 – 8:45 a.m. Registration – Vendor Visits/K-9 Demonstration
- 8:50 a.m. Pet Blessing
- 9:00 – 10:15 a.m. Parade/Costume Judging
- 10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Talent Contest – Awards
Pre-registration (deadline: April 22): $10 with free tee-shirt; thereafter, $10 & $5 tee-shirt. Add’l tee-shirts, $10 to benefit WOW Trail. All registration monies to benefit Gilford PD K-9 Unit. Registration forms found at www.wowtrail.org Mail completed forms to: WOW Trail, PO Box 6832, Laconia, NH 03247. Checks made out to: WOW Trail – BOW WOW Fest 2013. Additional questions/forms contact Claire Hebert at Melcher & Prescott Insurance, 524-4535, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Trail
The WOW Trail is a multi-use, non-motorized recreational pathway in the City of Laconia. The proposed pathway is just over 9 miles long, stretching the length of the City to the Meredith and Belmont town lines. The WOW Trail will be constructed adjacent to the railroad tracks used by the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad. The trail will be 10 feet wide and paved.
The first 1.3 miles is complete! The Grand Opening was held on May 15th, 2010. Phase 1 begins adjacent to the Lake Opechee Inn & Spa in Lakeport and ends downtown at Main Street, adjacent to the Library. A portion of the first phase, located between Bisson Avenue and Lyford Street, is adjacent to Messer Street. In this area, the sidewalk was widened and bike lanes added to the roadway. Laconia DPW was extremely helpful in accommodating the trail design and construction on Messer Street.
Phase 2 of the WOW Trail will run from Downtown Laconia at North Main Street to the Belmont town line. A short section of bike trail already exists at the Belmont town line and Route 3. The NH DOT built this short section of trail in anticipation of connecting the Laconia WOW Trail and the Town of Belmont’s own BRATT trail.
Using the Railroad Right of Way
Snowmobilers will access and use the railroad tracks in the winter months as always. All others are to remain off of the tracks and on the trail. It is dangerous and trespassing to be on the tracks.
Design and Safety
A four foot high continuous fence will run between the trail and the active railroad tracks. The fence will be elevated six inches above the ground to accommodate the movement of small animals. The fence is CURRENTLY required by the NH DOT Bureau of Railroad, however, DOT has verbally agreed to allow split rail fencing in specific areas along Phase II. We will continue working on other alternatives.
Trails next to active railroads are increasingly common in the United States, with over 100 rail-with-trails in existence to date.
The Laconia Police Department conducts bike patrols of the WOW Trail.