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North Berwick to host community forum on the Eastern Trail

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

NORTH BERWICK, Maine — An informational presentation, “The Eastern Trail: A Trail and a Vision” will be held at 7 pm on Tuesday, March 26 at the North Berwick Community Center, 264 Lebanon Road in North Berwick. Anyone interested in learning about the Eastern Trail is invited to attend.

Have you driven I-95 through Kennebunk and seen the beautiful span over the highway that is part of the Eastern Trail? The off-road Eastern Trail currently ends at the Kennebunk Elementary school, but the vision of trail enthusiasts in southern Maine is for the off-road trail to continue through Wells, North Berwick, South Berwick, Eliot, and Kittery.

The Eastern Trail Alliance is the focused effort to vision, build, promote and use the trail. The Alliance includes many supporters from throughout southern Maine, hikers, bikers, X-country skiers, birders, and other outdoor enthusiasts dedicated to creating, enjoying and maintaining the Eastern Trail.


Spring 2013 Newsletter - Eastern Trail Alliance

Eastern Trail Informational Meeting - North Berwick, March 26, 2013


Held Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Included a slide show covering Vision, Successes, and Challenges

And an Eastern Trail Experts Panel:
Eastern Trail Founder, President Emeritus John Andrews
Eastern Trail Alliance President Bob Hamblen, Saco Planner
Eastern Trail Management District President Tad Redway, Arundel Planner

Why was this meeting held in North Berwick, a town that has not supported the ET for ten years? Last year, Kennebunk and Wells asked Maine DOT to fund a final design, ready-to-bid, package for the ET from the end of the off-road section in Kennebunk all the way south as far as their towns allow. That would have meant ending at Perry Oliver Road in Wells. MDOT's informal response has been that the ET must provide connectivity between major locations. In other words, if the design and construction does not extend all the way to Pratt-Whitney in North Berwick, the project is not fundable.

Some possible outcomes from the meeting:

  • Convince NB to return to ET support.
  • Convince MDOT that because NB will never support the ET, that another non-NB option must be accepted.
  • End the off-road ET in Kennebunk.

Click here to read a news article about this meeting (3/19, Foster's Online).  Click here to read another news article about this meeting (Kennebunk Post). Click here to view a video of the meeting.

Click here to view a document that described route options through North Berwick, and includes color maps(this is a large pdf file, it may take some time to download).

Eastern Trail Management District Newsletter - Spring 2013

The Eastern Trail Management District (ETMD) is a group of representatives from each Eastern Trail town that manages the construction and upkeep of the trail. Below is ETMD's Spring 2013 newsletter:

So. Berwick considers taking Eastern Trail route off-road

Says recreational path helps bring tourists to region

By Molly McPherson This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
February 07, 2013 2:00 AM

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — The Eastern Trail Alliance is hoping to build new off-road trails to replace the current on-road sections of the trail located in town.

Members of the group recently met with the Town Council to discuss the trail improvements. Carole Brush, executive director of the alliance, thanked the town for its continued support of the alliance's efforts and offered assistance in seeking money to help pay for the design and construction of the new trails.

"South Berwick had been particularly loyal in looking for ways to get the trail funded and built," Brush said.

The 65-mile Eastern Trail, which is the southern Maine section of the East Coast Greenway trail, connects South Portland to Kittery. However, none of the 22 miles of off-road trails are in southern York County.

"Maine needs new trails," said Anita Rosencrantz, South Berwick's representative on the Eastern Trail Management District, a group of volunteers representing towns throughout Maine that abut the trail.

Read the entire article online here

New mile markers for Eastern Trail

Arundel Public Works Director Roger Taschereau, left, and Kennebunk Public Works Director Mike Claus, put the finishing touches on a mileage marker on the Eastern Trail. - December 27, 2012 2:00 AM

Last week, the Arundel and Kennebunk Public Works Departments combined forces to install 14 mile markers on over 3.5 miles of the Eastern Trail — extending from the Arundel northern boundary to Route 35 in Kennebunk.

Measuring six inches by 12 inches and mounted at eye level, these double-sided signs are stationed at quarter-mile increments along the off-road sections of the trail and they provide recreationalists with a precise location on the trail. More importantly, geo-coordinates of the mile markers will be recorded in the E911 systems of all fire-rescue and police dispatch centers servicing the Eastern Trail, enabling first responders to identify the precise position of any caller requiring emergency assistance. Recreationalists will also find the mileage markers to be a convenient way of tracking their progress while running, cycling, or walking along the trail. These mile markers were generously donated by Southern Maine Medical Center — a longstanding supporter and a sponsor of many charity and health promoting events conducted on the Eastern Trail.


Tracks aplenty on the Eastern Trail

The trail is humming with energy and events -- and it's not done growing.

By Deirdre Fleming This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Staff Writer. Posted December 1, 2012

A moonlight hike led by the Eastern Trail Alliance attracts several dozen hikers who quietly move on the pathKENNEBUNK - Since the two major bridges connecting the Eastern Trail went in this year, organized events along the trail have increased twofold.

But to a large extent, the fascination, attraction and use of this off-road, woodland trail has been building steam all along.

"The last wintertime moonlit walk we had was last January. That drew 30! We might beat that today," boomed John Andrews, the 75-year-old retired engineer who is a driving force behind this trail being built between South Portland and Kittery.


Late Fall 2012 Newsletter - Eastern Trail Alliance

East Coast Greenway continues to evolve from Kittery to Calais

By Aislinn Sarnacki, BDN Staff Posted Aug. 29, 2012,at 1:20 p.m.

Marjorie Foote and Philip McGranahan of Kittery bike through Scarborough Marsh on Aug. 14, 2012, as they follow the East Coast Greenway from Portland to Saco.Exiting the train in Portland, Philip McGranahan and his wife Marjorie Foote donned helmets, righted their bicycles and headed south on the East Coast Greenway, a route that would lead them along off-road paths and low-traffic roads all the way to Saco.

The Kittery couple pedaled the bike-friendly path several years ago — they couldn’t agree on exactly how many — but as they followed the ECG signs, they noticed that much of the route has changed. In Scarborough Marsh, where a pedestrian bridge opened to the ECG in 2004, they paused and noted that the marsh hadn’t been a part of their previous trip.

Though they ended their day in Saco, the ECG extends much farther. Through Maine, the route currently extends about 380 miles from the Canadian border in Calais to the southern tip of the state. From there, the route continues to the tip of Florida, threading together 16 states.


Relive Summer Camp in the Kennebunks - New York Magazine

nymagtravelETA Webmaster Note - NY Magazine's "Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan" was published on 8/17/2012. Part three, which references the Eastern Trail, is highlighted here. Click here to read the whole article.

By Jen Swetzoff; Published Aug 17, 2012

Maine’s coastal villages offer cabins in the woods, New England comfort food, and a full roster of activities on land and at sea.

Part 1 - Where to Stay Part 2 - Where to Eat

Part 3 - What to Do

Hike through the 24-acre Marx Preserve (look for the sign off Route 9, opposite a utilities pump station) and explore an ecosystem that’s relatively rare in southern Maine: salt marshes. Bring binoculars to spot birds like great blue herons and goldeneyes among the pines and hemlocks. For more hiking opportunities, follow the adjoining three-mile Bridle Path (access at 71 Sea Road), which goes inland and toward the sea, or check out the Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge, home to many species including bald eagles and moose.

Get your sea legs at Goose Rocks Beach, one of the most popular places in town for stand-up paddle boarding. The relatively gentle waves are ideal for beginners and the long stretch of white sand, often rippled with tide pools, is a fine place to relax afterwards. You can book a one-hour private lesson with Aquaholics Surf Shop ($75), but if you prefer more traditional paddling, call up Coastal Maine Kayak (half-day rentals from $35), and they’ll deliver a single or tandem boat to you.

Bike a tranquil stretch of the 65-mile, ten-foot-wide Eastern Trail, which runs from South Portland to Kittery. The six-mile section between Kennebunk (access at the Kennebunk Elementary School, 177 Alewive Road) and Biddeford opened to the public in 2010, and has since become one of the area’s most popular biking routes because it’s shady and relatively easy. Take a break at the pond on the way back and spot deer and wild turkeys through the conifer trees.

Part 4 - Insider's Tip Part 5 - An Oddball Day

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