Dear Friends of the Eastern Trail,
What an incredibly challenging year 2020 has been! We hope you and the people around you are safe and in good health. One thing we know for certain, outdoor pursuits are a vital lifeline for people, and continue to provide a safe and fun outdoor activity when it is needed most. We estimate triple our normal number of trail users since last March—potentially representing 750,000 users! To the individuals, foundations, and business who supported the Trail in 2020—THANK YOU.
We hope you found yourself using the trail in 2020. Whether biking, running, birdwatching or simply taking a long walk, the Eastern Trail currently offers 23 miles of off-road trail for exercise, exploration and enjoyment. For 2021, we have leveraged resources with MDOT and municipalities to explore off-road trail expansion in Kennebunk, Wells and North Berwick (Blazing the Trail South project), and for new trail planning and on-road improvements through Biddeford and Saco and across the Saco River (Over the River project). And lots of excitement regarding the Close the Gap project in Scarborough, slated to go out to bid by the summer of 2021.
We welcomed a new executive director of the Eastern Trail, Jon Kachmar, who started in July 2020. Since the Trail is designed to provide easy access for anyone and everyone whether resident or visitor, feel free to let Jon know what is great about the trail, or what could use improvement. We eagerly await your thoughts and ideas to provide the best trail experience possible for everyone.
Your support is critical to the continued success and expansion of the Eastern Trail. Your tax-deductible contributions will support our Over the River and Blazing the Trail South campaigns, and of course provide vital support for our ongoing staffing and operations.
Will you join with us to keep new trail development moving? Would you like to make a lasting gift thorough a bequest to the Eastern Trial, a gift of stock options or other assets? Please contact me or Jon to discuss how we can help stretch your charitable giving.