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Many articles about the Eastern Trail are organized on this news archives page.  The most recent articles appear immediately below, with the first part of each article displayed. Click on any article title, or the "Read More.." link to read the full text of that article. A list of additional article titles appears at the bottom of the page.

 


 

Eastern Trail Alliance and East Coast Greenway keeps us truckin'

SeaCoastOnline.com January 26, 2012 2:00 AM

The Eastern Trail Alliance got its start in 1980. The idea was to provide a 65-mile public access trail from Portland to Kittery. The completion of the pedestrian bridge over I-95 in Kennebunk is testament to the hard work and successful forging of partnerships with local, state, and federal entities.

ETA has expanded its goals and is now a part of the East Coast Greenway, a trail system that stretches 3,000 miles from coastal Maine to Key West, Fla.

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Two Major Awards Honor ETA Emeritus President John Andrews

Two major organizations in Maine, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, and the Biddeford/Saco Chamber of Commerce, bestowed honors in January 2012 on John Andrews, the founder and President Emeritus of the Eastern Trail Alliance.

Bicycle Coalition of Maine logoBiddeford Saco Chamber logoThe Bicycle Coalition of Maine honored John Andrews with one of their annual awards for "individuals for their work to improve bicycling in Maine." The Biddeford/Saco Chamber of Commerce honored John with the William Kany Leadership Award.

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Equestrian Use of the Eastern Trail

At a meeting with a group of equestrians on January 11, 2012, the Eastern Trail Municipal District lifted the moratorium on horseback riding on the Kennebunk-Arundel-Biddeford section of the Eastern Trial until March 1, 2012, with the understanding that members of the local equestrian community will work with the ETMD to define, by that date, a set of rules and responsibilities to govern their use of the trail, and which they would publicize and support to ensure that the trail can be maintained for all users.

The equestrian community plans on developing rules for equestrians use of the trail to present at the next ETMD meeting on February 8th. FMI, contact the ETA by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 207-284-9260.

Deirdre Fleming: Funding for projects may be headed to Maine

by Deirdre Fleming, Portland Press Herald, December 25, 2011

[Ed.'s Note: This article describes USM Professor Richard Barringer's tale of an outdoor funding windfall heading for Maine, one which might happen in 2012. Key Quote: "And in southern Maine this year, a windfall of bicycle and pedestrian grant cash allowed the East Coast Greenway, called the Eastern Trail here, to get a bridge over Interstate 95 in Kennebunk and another over Route 1 in Saco -- nearly turning it into a contiguous off-road trail through seven urban towns."]

Professor Richard Barringer likes to start at the beginning when he begins the tale of the outdoor funding windfall heading for Maine. But really, the good timing and hope in this story is in what could happen in 2012.

Either way, his story is one worth telling on Christmas Day.

Last year the University of Southern Maine professor handed a report he was commissioned to write by the New England governors to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar who, he said, passed it on to President Obama. And the chiefs at the helm of America's outdoors policy liked what they saw.

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Report urges development of ‘recreation corridors,’ including 3 in Maine

By Kevin Miller, Bangor Daily News Staff
Posted Dec. 27, 2011, at 6:24 p.m.

ETA Web Note: This article provides broader coverage of a recent report commissioned for the National Park Service that is urging support for seven interstate “recreation corridors” in New England — including three in Maine (and including the Eastern Trail corridor) — as a way to reconnect people with the outdoors and spur economic development in riverfront and trailside communities.

A recent report commissioned for the National Park Service is urging support for seven interstate “recreation corridors” in New England — including three in Maine — as a way to reconnect people with the outdoors and spur economic development in riverfront and trailside communities.

The report is not calling for the creation of new national parks or large-scale acquisition of private land for conservation. Instead, the authors are seeking to build public and private support for the completion or expansion of canoe trails, multiple-use trails and other multistate projects that would benefit residents and draw tourists.

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Fall 2011 Newsletter - Eastern Trail Alliance

Eastern Trail Gap Bridged

September 29, 2011

Eastern Trail gap bridged

The first-of-its-kind span over the Maine Turnpike completes a 6.2-mile stretch.

By Emma Bouthillette This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Staff Writer

KENNEBUNK - As John Andrews watched nearly 500 elementary school students cross the Eastern Trail Bridge over the Maine Turnpike during its official opening on Wednesday, all he could do was smile.

The bridge, solely for pedestrians and cyclists, is the first of its kind spanning the turnpike. It completes a 6.2-mile section of trail from Kennebunk to Biddeford, and Andrews called it "the biggest challenge" in building the trail.

"I'll tell you, I stand on that bridge and I really get choked up," now that it's finally complete, he said.

The $1.3 million bridge, funded by the Maine Turnpike Authority, is a key element in the alliance's mission to complete a 65-mile stretch of off-road trail from Kittery to Casco Bay.

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ATVs not welcome on latest section of Eastern Trail

September 17, 2011
By Emma Bouthillette This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Staff Writer

BY EMMA BOUTHILLETTE; The Portland Press Herald

Pedestrians and bicyclists are welcome, but as construction wraps up on the latest section of the Eastern Trail, ATV riders are being reminded to stay off the pathway.

Reports of recent ATV use on new sections of the Eastern Trail in York County have prompted Facebook warnings and new signs on the trail to remind users that ATVs and snowmobiles aren't allowed.

The newest section of the trail, from Saco to Old Orchard Beach, will be ready for use by mid-November.

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People on the Trail: two inspiring stories

by Jim Munroe and Jim Bucar - Fall 2011 ETA Newsletter

The diversity of trail users — their backgrounds and purposes— defy easy listing or categories. In just recent months, we have encountered birders from the West coast of the U.S. searching for a rare egret sighted on the Marsh, a photographer from Soissons, France, executives from Michigan on a tandem bike, previewing the area before deciding to move here, a young father jogging while spending quality time with his infant daughter — but the Trail has also proven to be a unique resource for people with specific life goals. Here are just two examples.

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GETTING THERE FROM HERE – Scarborough looks to close Eastern Trail gap

Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 1:39 pm
By Duke Harrington This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SCARBOROUGH - When John Andrews, 74, was a young boy growing up in Gardiner, he checked out every book on chess he could find at the Maine State Library in Augusta. That experience came in useful, he says, when it came time to piece together the easements needed to create the 69-mile-long Eastern Trail - a walking path designed to run from Kittery to Casco Bay.

"The principles of chess apply to building this trail," said Andrews, while walking Saturday in a section behind Scarborough's Hillcrest Retirement Community, where he now lives. "Easements are such wonderful fun, and getting them, like chess, is a kind of war, full of tactics and strategy. You don't start right out and go after the king, you've first got to get this little piece, and then that little piece."

Now, as president emeritus of the Eastern Trail Alliance, which he founded 14 years ago, Andrews is beginning to maneuver those pieces into checkmate. A $1.3 million bridge over Interstate 95 opened in August, and a 4.37-mile section of trail will link Saco and Old Orchard Beach "by Thanksgiving," he says. That leaves just two small sections - in Biddeford and Scarborough - to finish

ohn Andrews, president emeritus of the Eastern Trail Alliance, sits where the Eastern Trail ends in Scarborough, at the old Eastern Railroad bridge over the Nonesuch River.

The trail's end (for now)

John Andrews, president emeritus of the Eastern Trail Alliance, sits where the Eastern Trail ends in Scarborough, at the old Eastern Railroad bridge over the Nonesuch River. Plans are under way to build a way to cross the river and close a 0.8-mile gap in the trail between the river and the South Portland city line. (Staff photo by Duke Harrington)

the trail from Kennebunk to South Portland's Bug Light Park. When complete, the Eastern Trail will mark a significant connection in the East Coast Greenway, a 3,000-mile-long trail linking Key West, Fla., to Calais, in Washington County.

The Scarborough gap, from the Nonesuch River to South Portland's Wainwright Field complex, just over the town line, measures a mere 0.8 miles. But it could be one of the most difficult to build, given significant obstacles - in the form of rivers and railroads - that cross the path. Andrews says construction of that small slice could take up to three years and cost $3 million.

Last week, the Scarborough Town Council accepted a $150,000 grant that will get the ball rolling. Funneled from the feds through the Maine Department of Transportation, the money will pay for a study of how best to finish Scarborough's section of the trail.

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