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Snowshoe rentals

Need to rent your own pair of snowshoes? Check out these local places that are offering rentals this season.
 
Beaver Brook Association (117 Ridge Road, Hollis) offers snowshoe rentals for $10 per day per pair for the general public, or $8 for members. Rentals are available Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting. Members may also rent a pair for the weekend for $20, but they must be picked up on Friday before 4 p.m. and returned by Monday morning. A credit card or security deposit of $40 per pair is required for all rentals. Visit beaverbrook.org or call 465-7787.
 
Massabesic Audubon Center (26 Audubon Way, Auburn) is offering snowshoe rentals every Tuesday through Saturday between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., now through Feb. 28. The cost per pair per day for a rental is $8 for New Hampshire Audubon members and $10 for non-members, to be used on site only with a minimum snow cover of 6 inches. Limited pairs for smaller children are also available. Visit nhaudubon.org or call 668-2045.




Skates, Sleds & Snowshoes
Where to go to make your own fun

01/25/18
By Matt Ingersoll listings@hippopress.com



 Many towns and cities in southern New Hampshire have public ponds for skating, hills for sledding and trails for snowshoeing. Here are a few suggestions for where to go, courtesy of Parks & Rec directors and town websites. Make sure you check for signs posted at town ponds to be sure the ice is safe for skating.

 
Where to skate outdoors
• Beaver Meadow Golf Course (1 Beaver Meadow Drive, Concord, 228-8954, bmgc.golf) has a small pond area where public ice skating is available, weather permitting.
• Bedford Village Common (15 Bell Hill Road, Bedford, 228-1231, bedfordlandtrust.org) has a town-owned skating pond where public ice skating is available, weather permitting.
• Bow Town Pond (Bow Center Road, Bow, 228-2222, bownh.gov) is adjacent to the Bow Community Center and is open to public ice skating when the weather cooperates. The pond is maintained by the town’s Parks & Recreation department.
• Dorrs Pond (next to Livingston Park, Hooksett Road, Manchester, 624-6444, manchesternh.gov) is open for public ice skating and regularly plowed and flooded after winter storms. Check facebook.com/cityofmanchesternhparksandrec for updates on when the pond is ready for skating after each storm.
• Jeff Morin Fields (Roby Park, Spit Brook Road, Nashua, 589-3360, nashuanh.gov) has an ice rink that is lit and usually open for skating from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
• Labine Park (off Cleveland Street, Nashua, 589-3360, nashuanh.gov). The area is lit and usually available from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
•  North Common Field (off Sargent Avenue, Nashua, 589-3360, nashuanh.gov) is regularly flooded by the city’s Parks & Recreation area.
• O’Gara Drive Recreation Arena (O’Gara Drive and Baboosic Lake Road, Merrimack, 882-1046, merrimackparksandrec.org) has an ice skating rink that is free to use, seven days a week until 10 p.m.
• Rollins Park (33 Bow St., Concord, 226-8690, concordnh.gov) is open for free public ice skating seven days a week, from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., weather permitting.
• White Park (1 White St., Concord, 225-8690, concordnh.gov) is open for free public ice skating seven days a week, from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., weather permitting.
 
Where to sled 
• Alexander-Carr Park (behind Parkland Medical Center, 28 Pierce Ave., Derry, 432-6136, derrynh.org) is open during the winter months for the use of its sledding hill.
• Bragdon Farm (next to LaBelle Winery, Route 101, Amherst) is the site of a former ski area where a smaller hill is still open for sledding.
• Derryfield Country Club (625 Mammoth Road, Manchester, 669-0235, derryfieldgolf.com) has a popular sledding hill next to the golf course.
•  Greeley Park (100 Concord St., Nashua, 589-3370, nashuanh.gov) has a sledding hill popular with littler kids, according to Nick Caggiano, Nashua Parks & Recreation department superintendent.
• Jeff Morin Fields (Roby Park, Spit Brook Road, Nashua, 589-3360, nashuanh.gov) has a sledding hill.
• Laconia Sledding Hill (at the end of South Street, off Academy Street, Laconia, 524-0521, laconianh.gov) is usually available for sledding until dusk.
• Mack’s Apples (230 Mammoth Road, Londonderry, 434-7619, macksapples.com) has a popular sledding hill on its property.
• Wasserman Park (116 Naticook Road, Merrimack, 882-1046, merrimackparksandrec.org) has a popular sledding hill adjacent to the playground, according to Matt Casparius of the Merrimack Parks & Recreation department.
• Weston Park (49 Turkey Hill Road, Merrimack, 882-1046, merrimackparksandrec.org) also has a sledding hill that is slightly steeper than the one at Wasserman Park, said Matt Casparius of the Merrimack Parks & Recreation department.
• White Park (1 White St., Concord, 225-8690, concordnh.gov) also has a popular sledding hill on its grounds.
 
Where to go cross-country skiing or snowshoeing
• Adams Pond Trail (Pillsbury and Adams roads, Londonderry, 437-2675, londonderrynh.org) is open for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
• Beaver Meadow Golf Course (1 Beaver Meadow Drive, Concord, 228-8954, bmgc.golf) also has groomed trails for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing that are maintained by the Concord Parks & Recreation department.
• Benedictine Park (341 Wallace Road, Bedford, 228-1231, bedfordlandtrust.org) has trails that are available for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing that are owned by the town.
• Carter Hill Apple Orchard (73 Carter Hill Road, Concord, 225-2625, carterhillapples.com) has trails for cross-country skiing maintained by the Capital Ski and Outing Club seven days a week through March.
• Horse Hill Nature Preserve (184 Amherst Road, Merrimack, 882-1046, merrimackparksandrec.org) has a variety of conservation trails, some of which lead from Wasserman Park, according to Matt Casparius of the Merrimack Parks & Recreation department.
• Mine Falls Park (Whipple Street, Nashua, 589-3400, nashuanh.gov) has trails where cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are available.
• Southwest Park (at Yudicky Farm, off Main Dunstable Road, Nashua, 589-3400, nashuanh.gov) has trails where crossy-country skiing and snowshoeing are available. 





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