MANCHESTER, N.H. (WBZ NewsRadio) – A local non-profit helps people of all ages access outdoor equipment with their unique Gear Lending Library.
Manchester Moves parks its trailer filled with outdoor sporting equipment at local parks and trails throughout parts of New Hampshire. The trailer is a treasure trove for those looking to get out and get active.
“[During the] wintertime we have cross-country skis and snowshoes and micro spikes,” Garrett McLarty explained. “In the summertime we have canoes and bicycles.”
People can contact the organization to use the library by reaching out online. All they have to do is reserve the gear, sign a liability waiver and pick up their gear. No payment is required.
“People can get out, regardless of whether they have the ability to go purchase the gear [or not],” McLarty said. Although, there is often some concern regarding this process.
“At some point something may go missing, whether inadvertently or nefariously,” McLarty said. “Either way, the trust model is a fairly good model and something that we are sorely lacking in our culture at the moment.”
The ultimate goal of the organization is to connect the people of Manchester will all of New Hampshire via urban trails and greenways. McLarty added it’s all worth it when he sees people reconnecting with nature.
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