DANVERS — It will cost about $2 a foot to install a smooth surface on the Danvers Rail Trail.
Also for $2, you can pick up a fizzy beverage at Danvers Fresh Marketplace, with proceeds supporting the rail trail.
The Danvers Rail Trail’s line of beverages feature labels with a photo of a Boston & Maine steam engine, taken in Danvers in 1880 by E.C. Tibbets. The drinks come in a variety of flavors, including ginger ale, lemonade, root beer, raspberry lime and sparkling water.
The Danvers Rail Trail Advisory Committee is also selling spring water at $1 a bottle, available at Danvers Fresh Marketplace and the Danvers Indoor Sports complex on Route 114.
“Customers have been receptive to it,” said Danvers Fresh Marketplace owner David Moreno. “They understand it’s obviously to their benefit.”
The idea of selling private-label beverages to support the rail trail came from Selectman Bill Clark, who serves as a liaison to the rail-trail committee. Clark also sells a private-label beverage at his farm stand on Hobart Street.
Presently, the 4.3-mile stretch of rail trail from Peabody to Wenham sports a coarse base layer of gravel that makes it tough on wheels.
To improve the surface, the committee wants to add compacted stone dust, similar to the surface of rail trails in Wenham and Topsfield. Danvers and Wenham have applied for a $70,000 grant from the state Department of Conservation and Recreation to help fund that project, according to Danvers Senior Planner Kate Day.