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Dear Friends of the Eastern Trail,
First and foremost, THANK YOU, for your support on the Eastern Trail in 2021. We are fortunate to have an incredible amount of support from so many. Whether you volunteered at an event or on the trail or you provided a monetary donation, the Eastern Trail continues to provide a safe and fun outdoor recreational trail and alternative transportation corridor for thousands of people because of you.
Whether biking, running, bird watching or simply taking a long walk, the Eastern Trail currently offers 24 miles of off-road trail for exercise, exploration, work commuting and just simple enjoyment.
In 2021, we saw progress with our efforts to expand the Eastern Trail, but there’s more work to do!
CLOSE THE GAP. The work for Close the Gap is going out to construction bid end of 2021. We can look forward to 1.6 miles new trail starting Spring 2022. After an amazing campaign that resulted in $6.1M on-hand for this work, inflation over time has resulted in an estimated $200k shortfall for this project.
OVER THE RIVER. The feasibility study is underway for the 3.1 miles of new off-road trail to be completed in Spring, 2022. We are applying for federal funding of $3.5M to get this work completed. These monies would require a $700k funding match for design and construction of this section of trail.
BLAZE THE TRAIL SOUTH. The feasibility study for this 11-mile expansion project is also underway with $700k in federal funds expected in 2021 for trail engineering design in Fall 2022. This project will require e $140k in match to complete the engineering design.
OPERATIONS AND TRAIL MAINTENANCE. With completed projects in 2021 such as the Biddeford parking area repaved and the Scarborough parking area repaving, we look to the next items on our list! Fence repair, kiosk maintenance, trail user counts, and staffing support are needed to continue our day-to-day work of making sure the trail is open and safe for you!
We greatly appreciate the support that so many of you give on a regular basis to make the Eastern Trail what it is. Without your help, the Eastern Trail would not be here for thousands to enjoy. 2022 promises to be a big year for the Eastern Trail—including major progress on new trail.
Please support the trail by making your donation using the Donate button below, or by mailing a check to the Eastern Trail directly. If you need more information please contact me at 860-227-0914 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your continued support, and hope to see you on the trail!
Jon Kachmar, Executive Director
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