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View of the Blazing the Trail South ET segment, taken July 2024
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Maine Dept. of Transportation seeks comment on two new segments of the Eastern Trail

On July 15, the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) launched its public project on the two end segments (2.7 miles of new trail) of the Eastern Trail’s Blaze the Trail South campaign.

From now until August 7, the public will be able to learn more and comment on this process. Go here to get more information, which will include an asynchronous virtual meeting, a storymap, and other information to help you learn more about the project and to submit input prior to construction in late 2025/early 2026.

MaineDOT wants to hear from you. Click here to submit your comments formally.

Stay tuned on our Facebook Page and on this website for updates about this project.

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Join Us on August 11 for Wake Up & Ride the Eastern Trail with Holy Donut

 

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The Eastern Trail and Holy Donut are excited to host a morning addition of our trail ride series. Join us in Scarborough for a relaxing morning ride, donuts, and coffee!

The ride will head over to the ET on Lincoln Ave. then Washington Ave. and then the connector road. Once we have everyone on the trail we will ride north and cross Black Pt. Road and continue on Eastern Rd. (which has very little traffic) to the often overlooked and unknown section of off road trail that brings us to the Nonesuch River. This will give riders a first hand look at what we call The Gap. This is where the first of two new bridges will be built to eventually connect the trail off road from Scarborough through to South Portland. This section of off road trail is a little windy and has some fun little climbs. If those climbs are a challenge for you, have no fear, we won’t leave you behind. We will backtrack and work our way to the Scarborough Marsh bridge and the Pine Point Rd. parking lot before looping back north to Holy Donut for some calorie replacement and caffeine consumption if you like.

This is a free event however, donations to the Eastern Trail are most appreciated and can be submitted during the checkout process.

8:00 AM – Meet at Holy Donut (398 US-1, Scarborough, ME 04074)

8:00 AM-10:00 AM: Bike the Eastern Trail with ET staff and Holy Donut volunteers

10:00-11:00 AM: Coffee, Donuts and, Relaxation at Holy Donut!

GO HERE TO REGISTER

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July 21 Full Moon Walk on the Eastern Trail

Join the Eastern Trail Alliance for its July 2024 full moon walk in the Scarborough Marsh. This month’s full moon will be a Buck Moon!

The July Moon Walk will be held Sunday, July 21st 8:45 – 10:15 pm. The walk leaves from the Eastern Trail’s Pine Point parking area. Go here to Register (registration required).

The walk is limited to 25 people and is first come first serve.

**NOTE: Please be aware that the trail through the Scarborough Marsh is uneven in a few spots due to storm damage sustained this winter. We always encourage proper footwear on the trail and even more so at this time. Please also bring a flashlight. Your guide will alert you to the areas of trail that require your caution.

Pets and flashlights are not allowed for this event so as to ensure guests are able to best appreciate the marsh and full moon. Please email info@easterntrail.org with any questions you may have.

Visit our EVENTS page for information on other events.

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UPDATE: Repairs Made to Scarborough Marsh Eastern Trail segment following winter storms

TRAIL CONDITION UPDATE, SCARBOROUGH: A small section of the Eastern Trail in the Scarborough Marsh segment received a new layer of stone dust and was flattened by tractor today thanks to the Town of Scarborough, Maine!
This is a big step forward and a noticeable improvement to the damage caused by storms this winter. This new topping surface will continue to harden with rain and usage.
Please continue to use caution in this segment as the stone dust was added in only one area and there is still a good bit of loose gravel in other areas.
Please excuse any brief delays to thru-traffic early next week when the tractor and dump truck are scheduled to return to add more material and to continue flattening out the trail’s surface.
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Applications Open for 2024 Board Member Recruitment

The Eastern Trail Alliance is recruiting new board members to join our board this year. If you are looking for a way to make a difference in southern Maine and have a passion for trails or active transportation, we’d like to hear from you!

Click here to access the board member application form. Please then complete it by the May 13, 2024 for full consideration. In particular, skills and experience sought include accounting/audit, fundraising, and previous board service. Given our active trail-building campaigns south of Kennebunk, residents of southern York County are encouraged to apply.

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Trail Conditions Update

Please be advised that due to recent storms, downed trees and debris can be found along the Eastern Trail.
Our Trail Manager, Patrick Conlon, has spent long days out on the trail clearing downed trees and branches, improving drainage systems, and cleaning up trash.
In Old Orchard Beach, about 300 yards north of the Saco-OOB town line, there was a very large tree completely blocking the trail. Patrick was able to move the tree to the edge of the trail. Nevertheless, please continue to use caution while cycling and walking in this area for the time being.
Thanks to Patrick’s tireless work the trail between Biddeford and Kennebunk is now clear and safe for cyclists and walkers alike. As weather permits, he will continue to attend to the Saco to Scarborough segment.
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Berwicks to the Border Story Map Released

Led by the planning/engineering firm VHB, the Eastern Trail Alliance and Eastern Trail Management District in collaboration with the Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission (SMPDC), MaineDOT and the municipalities of Kittery, Eliot, York, South Berwick, and North Berwick are proud to release the Eastern Trail Connectivity Feasibility Study Story Map.

This story map will allow you to see information about the initial feasibility study currently underway in the Berwicks to the Border Project, considering locations for future segments of the Eastern Trail between North Berwick and Memorial Bridge in Kittery. The different types of potential route alternatives may include shared-use paths along utility corridors, shared-use paths alongside a public road, boardwalk segments over wetlands and small streams, striped bike lanes or wide shoulders on roadways, and travel lanes shared by all users on rural roads with low traffic volumes and/or speeds. The detailed information is tied to geographic information which gives the public a view of both where and how these preliminary route alternatives may be used.

This 18-month study began in late 2023 and is expected to finish in early 2025. The ultimate goal is to recommend a route for a continuous off-road trail from North Berwick to Kittery. From there, the Eastern Trail Alliance, SMPDC, and individual municipalities will seek additional funding through grants and other sources to implement the priority recommendations from the study.

To learn more, please go here to visit the Story Map.

Additionally, an Eastern Trail Connectivity Study Community Workshop will be held on Tuesday, April 30, 2024 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at Eliot Town Hall, 1333 State Road, Eliot, ME or via this Zoom link.

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Meet Chelsey Berlin, Our New Executive Director

Greetings!

I am honored to introduce myself as the new Executive Director of the Eastern Trail Alliance. I join the organization with over fifteen years of experience working in global nonprofits. A hallmark of my career has been addressing the universal importance of a place to seek refuge. We all need refuge, for reasons as varied as personal safety and psycho-social well-being. Public access to nature close to home provides a break from busy lives, a place to connect with friends and family, and a means of safe and climate-conscious transportation, recreation, and fitness.

My commitment to trails and to bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure is drawn from lived experience. The Eastern Trail did not exist when I was a child, growing up in Old Orchard Beach. It was only as an adult living away that I came to understand and value how trails can be a part of our everyday lives. Since the Eastern Trail was born, I have seen firsthand how it has bettered the lives of my family, friends, and community.

So please allow me to start my tenure at the Eastern Trail Alliance by thanking all of you. Thank you for the contributions you gave most recently as we closed out 2023. Thank you for all the years you have renewed your membership dues. Thank you for believing in this trail when it was just a sparkle in our founder John Andrews’ eye. Thank you for being part of our community and of our ongoing vision to complete an off-road trail that extends from Bug Light in South Portland to the Piscataqua River in Kittery. Every dollar counts. Every trail visit betters us all.

I look forward to meeting you on and off the trail. Scroll down to learn more about our trail-building campaigns and upcoming events.

Thank you,

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Chelsey Berlin
Executive Director, Eastern Trail Alliance

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Registration Open for the 2024 Maine Lighthouse Ride!

Registration is now open for our biggest event of the year, which will take place Saturday, September 7th.

Join us to explore the scenic trails and unforgettable lighthouses that make coastal Maine a fantastic place to live and visit. Finish strong and proud knowing that all proceeds benefit the Eastern Tail Alliance, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that builds, maintains, and promotes the Eastern Trail, southern Maine’s premier multi-use greenway.

Register today and help ensure the ongoing maintenance and development of the Eastern Trail. Let’s create lasting memories and a positive impact on Maine for generations to come!

Sign Up Today!

Proceeds Benefit the Eastern TrailGo here to see pictures from the 2023 ride.

Go here to read a news account of the 2023 ride.

https://www.easterntrail.org/
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