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Our archive of more in-depth news articles and reports (running back to the 1990's) can be found here. You can also search for past articles using the search function in the left hand side column

USGC "Tom's Run" Memorial Relay on the Eastern Trail

Recently we heard news of this year's running of Tom's Run, a 200 mile relay that memorializes the life of Chief Warrant Officer Tom Brooks, a Coast Guardsman who inspired those around him in his fight against ALS.

We're so pleased that this small, heartfelt memorial event was made easier by the use of the Eastern Trail. Many thanks to these members of the Coast Guard for sharing the following words and photos with us:

See full story and pictures here

Deirdre Fleming: Eastern Trail on the road to further expansion

Great article in the Maine Sunday Telegram/Press Herald.  Key Quote: "Andrews and his band of bicyclists have proven relentless. And this summer they’re not slowing as they fan out across this trail that now covers 20.7 miles to conduct an economic-impact study to help build support to expand the trail to Wells, South Berwick, Eliot and Kittery." - click here to read the article

May 19, 2014 — 10th Anniversary of Groundbreaking for First Eastern Trail Segment

May 19 marked the tenth anniversary of the groundbreaking ceremony that began construction on the first section of the Eastern Trail. The project was managed under the direction of the 12-town Eastern Trail Management District in partnership with many organizations including the Town of Scarborough.  That section, crossing Scarborough Marsh, soon demonstrated amazing public support for the Eastern Trail.

Could anyone with their groundbreaking shovels in hand have imagined what would be accomplished in the following ten years?

Congratulations and many thanks to the hundreds, and thousands who believed in and supported the Eastern Trail vision and have worked so hard to continue building the first 21 miles of our off-road trail. Since that historic day, we have truly demonstrated that "if you build it, they will come."

Click here to see some pictures of Eastern Trail leaders and visionaries gathering on the Scarborough Marsh Bridge on May 19 to commemorate the anniversary

Good News for the Community Bicycle Center

Our good friends at the Community Bicycle Center in Biddeford are moving to larger space. Read the good news here.

Arundel adds parking spots for ET

The town of Arundel will be adding some parking spaces along the Limerick Road portion of the Eastern Trail. Two news articles can be read here

Saco section of ET dedicated to Mary's Walk

A 2-mile section of the Eastern Trail that runs from Clark Street behind Thornton Academy to the trail kiosk on Route 1 by Hannaford was dedicated by the city of Saco to Mary Kerry Libby, for which the annual Mary’s Walk is named. Picture of plaque here.

Eastern Trail Full Moon Walks Media Coverage

The latest coverage is entitled "Moonlight walks on Eastern Trail offered by guides" appearing in the 2/2 Journal Tribune - read the full article here.

East Coast Greenway Alliance - January 2014 E-Newsletter

The Eastern Trail is an important part of the East Coast Greenway, a developing trail system, spanning nearly 3,000 miles as it winds its way between Canada and Key West, linking all the major cities of the eastern seaboard. The vision of developing this trail system is the East Coast Greenway Alliance - Read their January 2014 Newsletter online here.

Preliminary Eastern Trail Design Presented in Scarborough

The Town of Scarborough recently hosted a presentation on the preliminary design for the section of the ET that would close the gap between the Nonesuch River in Scarborough and Wainwright Fields in South Portland. This section of the trail presents significant challenges that are both logistical and financial, as you'll see. You can see this presentation in two ways: A slide show, and by watching a video from the meeting.

Here are some local news reports on this issue:

Crossing Improvements in Scarborough

The Town of Scarborough recently made improvements to the Eastern Trail crossings on Pine Point and Black Point roads, including the addition of marked crosswalks and flashing warning lights, to assist trail users in crossing. Of course, even with these upgrades, please stop and look both ways before crossing any of the roads along the ET.

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