Archived News

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.

 

 

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Eastern Trail Alliance’s fundraising goal is in sight

The group is closing in on a financial target to construct a difficult portion of an envisioned 64-mile path.

[The following article, by Deirdre Fleming, Staff Writer of the Portland Press Herald, gives great exposure to the ETA’s current Close the Gap campaign]

SCARBOROUGH — The Eastern Trail Alliance announced Tuesday that it is close to a fundraising goal that would allow the trail to run 16 miles uninterrupted from Bug Light in South Portland to Saco.

The alliance needs just over $600,000 to complete a $3.8 million capital campaign that would allow for construction of a difficult section of the trail that spans a railroad track and the Nonesuch River.

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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.

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

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.

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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.)

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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).

We are thrilled to have spent a day on the Eastern Trail with WCVB Channel 5 Boston and Chronicle on WCVB Channel 5! The Boston television crew explored southern Maine and featured a few cool things to do when in town. The TV crew interviewed the Close the Gap Campaign Communication Director Diana Ichton Nelson with several of the ETA Trustees coming along for the ride.

The web page for the show is here. The video for the show can be viewed online here (the part about the Eastern Trail starts at the 3:39 mark).

 

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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.

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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. ​
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Final push for trail bridges funds

Kate Irish Collins, kcollins@keepmecurrent.com – 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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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.

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