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Eastern Trail users celebrate extension of off-road path

The ambitious Eastern Trail project will add another key component next year, as work begins on a 1.6 mile section to connect South Portland and Scarborough.

By Deirdre Fleming, Portland Press Herald Staff Writer

SCARBOROUGH — While the first frigid gusts of winter swept across the Scarborough Marsh last week, Janice Cohen had warmer thoughts as she walked her black Labrador, Abe, along the Eastern Trail. When Cohen learned the trail would be extended, she stopped to envision the impact.


7 Scenic End-of-Summer Bike Rides

By Sarra Sedghi |  August 31, 2016  |  12:30pm | Photos: Tom Hilton/Flickr and Kenneth Casper/Flickr

Maine's Eastern Trail, a segment of the ever-growing East Coast Greenway, runs from Portland to Kennebunk and currently exists in three stretches connected by on-road cycling routes. Along the way, you'll see passing sailboats, scenes from downtown Portland, remains of the Eastern Railroad and Scarborough Marsh's wildlife.


Letter to the editor: Help fund work to eliminate last big gap in Eastern Trail

Close the Gap Latest News

Portland Press Herald, Letters, Posted August 26, 2016

It’s summer on the coast of Maine, and there’s no better time of year to appreciate the value of the Eastern Trail.

For those who aren’t already frequent users, the Eastern Trail system traverses 65 miles between Kittery and South Portland. It’s part of the larger East Coast Greenway that aims to connect Maine to Florida – a trail project that has been in the national headlines recently, including features by Conde Nast and the Huffington Post.


Local Businesses Donate Hydration Station to Eastern Trail

This article, written by Saco City Planner Bob Hamblen, appeared August 2016 in the City of Saco's "Pepperrell Post" newsletter

Walkers, bicyclists and runners using the Eastern Trail in Saco have one more reason to get out and enjoy the trail: a new water fountain and water bottle fill-up station has been installed on the trail just off Mill Brook Road.


The East Coast Greenway Will Be a 3,000-Mile Bike Trail From Maine to Florida

Conde Nash Traveler | Written by Sebastian Modak |   July 25, 2016

It's like the Appalachian Trail for bikes.

It's been under discussion since the early 1990s, so you'd be forgiven for thinking the East Coast Greenway—a nearly 3,000-mile paved bike trail that would extend from Calais, Maine to Key West, Florida—is nothing but a pipe dream. But the non-profit organization behind the initiative, the East Coast Greenway Alliance (ECGA), has been busy as of late, as it's 2016-2020 strategic plan shows an uptick in funding from community organizations and both federal and local government institutions. (The project depends on local state governments building and maintaining their individual sections.)


Signs designed to entice interest in trail area

FROM STAFF REPORTS - Journal Tribune

BIDDEFORD — A new trail sign was installed recently on the Biddeford portion of the Eastern Trail.

When completed, the trail will run 65 miles from Kittery to South Portland.

The artwork on the new sign depicts beavers and other area wildlife, and was created by artist Jada Fitch.


A Bike Path for the Entire East Coast

One organization is working to connect cities and towns from Maine to Florida with protected trails.

by EILLIE ANZILOTTI | published Jun 28, 2016

From northern Maine to the tip of Florida, the East Coast of the United States stretches 3,000 miles. It’s a diverse, expansive route, cutting through wooded hills and rocky coastlines before hitting the sun-drenched beaches of the South. And all of it can be traveled by bicycle.


Eastern Trail Featured on WCVB Channel 5 Boston

The news segment ran on Monday, July 18th. You can view the segment online here (the part about the Eastern Trail starts at the 3:39 mark).


Town leads effort to raise $1 million to complete trail

The Town of Scarborough is working with the Eastern Trail Alliance and Bicycle Coalition of Maine to complete a 1.6-mile section of off-road trail in Scarborough.

It is the only remaining off-road gap between downtown Saco and Bug Light in South Portland. The funds will be used to build two bridges – one over the Nonesuch River near Eastern Road and the other over the Pan Am Railways tracks near Pleasant Hill Road. Riders, runners and bike commuters will be able to access 16 contiguous offroad miles once complete. The “Close the Gap” campaign has already raised $2.8 million toward the goal of $3.8 million.


Final push for trail bridges funds

The Eastern Trail Alliance needs to raise $1 million by the end of the year to fund a new bridge crossing over the Nonesuch River in Scarborough. ​

Kate Irish Collins, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - May 19, 2016

The final push is on to raise the remaining $1 million needed by the end of the year to build two new bridges on the Eastern Trail that would close a 1.6-mile gap between Scarborough and South Portland.

Construction of the bridges, one over the Nonesuch River and one over the Pan Am railroad tracks near Pleasant Hill Road, has been a goal of the Eastern Trail Alliance, which maintains and operates the trail, for more than a decade, according to Carole Brush.


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